H5P (Interactive learning activities) Pilot

May 2019December 2020

What is H5P?

H5P, a new interactive content capability will be piloted during Semester 2. It is an open source online toolbox of activities that allows staff to create and share interactive content in courses. H5P provides an easy way to create small interactive learning objects that can be inserted into courses. Providing students with engaging resources and formative assessment activities that provide immediate feedback. For more information, please refer to the H5P.com website.

How was the Pilot Initiated?

The pilot was requested by the ITaLI Deputy Director Digital Learning.

What is the objective of the pilot?


The UQ Student Strategy 2016-2020 White Paper invites the university to explore digital technologies, with a specific focus on student-centred flexibility, with extended online and on-campus active learning. The pilot will test if H5P has the potential to support this focus in both the edX (Edge) platform and the Learn.UQ (Blackboard) Learning Management System. 

Detailed pilot objectives

  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of H5P interactive content to increase students’ engagement with course content material and to provide students with formative assessment activities that provide immediate feedback.
  2. Collect feedback from learning designers, course coordinators and students to inform the business case to the pilot H5P with additional learning designers in 2020 and / or extend the pilot to teaching staff.
  3. Test the usability, technical reliability, functional overlap with other UQ tools and pedagogical benefits of all the individual H5P tools to determine which should be made available to staff. Consider for different platforms - LearnX, Learn.UQ and Drupal.
  4. Produce teaching, learning and technical resources to support the deployment of the tool.
  5. Produce exemplars to model best practice when incorporating H5P interactive activities into course design.
  6. Investigate the use of analytics to inform Teaching and Learning. Consider for different platforms - LearnX, Learn.UQ and Drupal.

What is happening?

The pilot will be delivered using H5P SaaS, the H5P hosting service which provides the benefits of technical support, LMS integration via LTI and user analytics. UQ has purchased 50 Author licences (including 20,000 student licences and 300 GB data storage) for 12 months to facilitate the pilot.

The tool will be piloted in UQ2U courses and made available to school and faculty based Learning Designers to design learning objects for additional courses.

In the second stage of the pilot in 2020, author licences will also be made available to a small group of volunteer course coordinators to test a "DIY" approach to producing learning objects for their own courses. A request for volunteers to be involved in the pilot will be publicised in the eLearning newsletter later in the year.

What resources are available to support the pilot?



  • Recommended setting guides for all activity types
  • H5P face-to-face workshop through UQ Staff Development
  • H5P online workshop

Advisor Group

This project is resourced by the ITaLI eLearning Systems and Support team and guided by the following advisor group members: 

Organisational Unit / team
Ailsa Dickie Project Manager ITaLI, eLearning Systems and Support
Sandra Thwaites Learning Designer ITaLI, Course Design and Development
Jessica Leonard Educational Designer BEL, Educational Designer
Jessica Tsai eLearning Coordinator HABS, eLearning Coordinator
Chris Frost eLearning Co-ordinator HASS, eLearning Co-ordinator
Marianne Sato Librarian Library, Information and Digital Literacy
Gary Smith eLearning Support Officer ITaLI, eLearning Systems and Support
Iliria Stenning eLearning Advisor ITaLI, eLearning Systems and Support