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This guide is a living document to support faculty and staff working with the PressbooksEDU platform.

H5P: The Basics

H5P is a HTML5 content creation tool that allows users to easily create and insert interactive activities. It is designed to make it easy to share, reuse, and modify materials, making it ideal for OER projects.

Note: Due to the reusability of H5P projects, it is not recommended for any assignment that would collect personal student information.

If H5P is enabled for your book, you will see an "H5P Content" option in the left hand menu. From this menu, you can see all H5P content created for your book, or create new activities using the "Add New" option. If H5P is not enabled, please contact

Each H5P activity is assigned an ID number.  This number can be found under "All H5P Content."  To insert an H5P activity into your chapter, you will insert or type out the H5P shortcode where you want it to appear.  This short code appears as [h5p id="ID#"].  You can also use the "Add H5P" button at the top of the editor toolbar, find the activity you want, and select "Insert."

To see a step-by-step of how to create an H5P activity, watch the video below by Pressbooks and BCCampus.

Types of Activities:

H5P has many different activities available, and more are in development. However, within Pressbooks each activity - known as a "content types" - must be turned on in the system by an administrator. If you want to include and activity that is not available, reach out to the administrator of your book. 

Unsure of what you want to use? The H5P website maintains a list of all available activities.

Some common content types:

Quizzes and Questions

  • Single Choice Set, Multiple Choice, or True/False Question. Use to create single questions.
  • Quiz (Question Set). Use to create multiple questions within the same H5P activity.
  • Mark the Words and Fill in the Blank quizzes.

Images and Video

  • Create Timelines, Image Juxtapositions, and Collages.
  • Highlight information on images, or have students locate important parts of an image, using Hotspots.
  • Create interactive videos including embedded questions.

Learning Tools

  • Flashcards, matching games, and drag-and-drop activities to help students study.
  • Branching Scenarios allows students to make decisions and work through problems.
  • Interactive slides for course presentations.

Additional Resources

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