H5P Symposium

Event Date & Time

  • February 22, 2022 - February 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Description

When students complete practice questions requiring them to actively recall information from memory (i.e., retrieval practice), they significantly outperform their peers who spend the same amount of time re-reading the same information.1,2 Several traditional publishers have developed online homework systems to offer students retrieval practice; however, these systems are only available behind a paywall and do not allow easy customization, open content sharing, or student authoring. At this symposium, we aim to showcase a free open-source html tool, H5P, that can be used to create flexible, interactive practice questions as well as opportunities for interactive content delivery. These interactive elements can be authored using UBC’s  upcoming H5P authoring tool (or an independently installed instance of H5P), then embedded within a learning management system (e.g. Canvas) or any website (e.g. WordPress). Unlike traditional online homework systems, H5P also offers opportunities for students to participate in content creation.

In this multi-day H5P symposium, we will introduce you to H5P, demonstrate its strengths and limitations, and highlight successful examples of implementation and course integration for various content types (e.g. multiple choice question sets, auto-graded essays, drag and drop, and interactive videos). We will also offer studio time with the support of experienced content creators to introduce you to the authoring platform and help you brainstorm how it could be used in your context.


Tuesday, February 22

  • 9am-10am: Keynote – Importance of Formative Assessment
    Explore the impact of formative assessment and how questions can be created and integrated in a way that maximizes student learning. Mark McDaniel is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University where he serves as Director of the Centre for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education. Professor McDaniel has a special interest in applying cognitive principles to education including translating lab-based studies into classroom contexts, as summarized in his book with Peter C. Brown and Henry L. Roediger, Make it Stick. In his keynote address, Professor McDaniel will share principles of cognitive psychology that can be applied when creating interactive h5p elements to help maximize student learning.
  • 10am-11:00am: Project Showcase Roundtable:
    Faculty from across disciplines (including psychology, chemistry, language studies, and education) will showcase how they have used h5p in their courses. Each presenter will speak to why they chose h5p and then show examples as to how it was integrated into their course
  • 11am-12:30pm: Studio Session – Getting Started w/ H5P:
    Learn how to get started via several options for authoring h5p questions. We will share the strengths and limitations of this tool and introduce the basic user interface. You will have the chance to create questions as we guide you through authoring basic question types such as multiple choice questions, drag and drop words, and fill in the blanks. We will demonstrate how questions can be embedded into learning management systems (e.g. Canvas) and websites (e.g. WordPress).
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm: Break
  • 1:30pm to 3pm+: Consulting Clinic – Get One on One Support
    Create questions for your course with expert support, ask questions, and get help troubleshooting.

Wednesday – February 23

  • 9am to 10:30am: Panel – Creating H5P Projects with Students
    Our panel will feature experienced faculty, students, and IT experts. We will discuss topics such as (a) how to get started, (b) student engagement, (c) choosing questions types (including accessibility considerations), (d) open license types, (e) adapting others’ work, (f) analytics, and (g) technical questions.
  • 10:30 to 12:00: Studio Session – Getting Further into h5p
    You will have the chance to practice creating more complex H5P questions. We will guide you through the creation of timelines, image hotspots, interactive videos, branching scenarios, and essays.
  • 12pm to 1pm: Break
  • 1pm to 3pm+: Consulting clinic – Get One on One Support
    Create questions for your course with expert support, ask questions, and get help troubleshooting.



  1. Batsell, W. R., Perry, J. L., Hanley, E., and Hostetter, A. B. (2016). Ecological validity of the testing effect. Teaching of Psychology, 44, doi: 10.1177/0098628316677492
  2. Roediger III, H. L., & Karpicke, J. D. (2006). Test-Enhanced Learning. Psychological Science, 17, 249-255. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2006.01693.x


Note to Non-UBC Participants:

In order to register for this event, non-UBC faculty, staff, and students will need to create a UBC Basic CWL. To do this, please go to the CWL page and scroll down to the accordion tab that reads “Basic”. Follow the instructions there for creating and activating a Basic CWL, then please return to this page to register for the program. The H5P Symposium is free and open for any interested participants.