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H5P Interactive Module Comes to Moodle 3.8

by Susan Coulter

by Susan Coulter, Baldwin Park Adult and Career Education
Posted September 2020

Add Interactive Activities and Games to your Moodle Course.

OTAN recently upgraded their Moodle Learning Management System to Moodle 3.8 and with the upgrade, they added a H5P Activity Module and numerous games. You may be wondering, what is H5P? It is an abbreviation for HTML5 Package. H5P makes it easy for everyone to create, share and reuse interactive HTML5 content.

These games and activities give the student a more interactive and fun learning experience and keep students engaged with your course content. Activities can be graded and recorded in your gradebook so you are able to document student progress.

With H5P, you can create interactive videos by inserting hotspots that ask a quiz question or link to more information such as external websites or text.

Fixed or Growth - shows a purple hotspot on the left-hand side of a YouTube video titled Mindset. Hotspot popup - shows the question; An individual who avoids challenges, loses interest and stops trying has what kind of mindset? Possible answers are Growth and Fixed.

Creating H5P Interactive Activities

  1. Be sure to turn on editing in your Moodle course by selecting the gear in the upper right-hand corner.

  2. Select Add an activity or resource in the topic of choice.

  3. Select H5P

    Add an activity or resource - show the Add an activitty or resource and an arrow pointing H5P Interactive Content which is selected.SelectContent Type - list five H5P content types: Find Multiple Hotspots, Fill in the Blanks, Interactive Video, Course Presentation, and Dialog Cards. There is a blue button to the right of each content type titled Details.

  4. There are more than twenty different activities available. Be sure to scroll down to see all the possibilities. Select the type of activity you want to create by selecting Details.

    Tutorial/Example - Sows the H5P Interactive Video page. In the upper left-hand corner there is an arrow pointing to.

  5. Most activities have a Tutorial and some Example activities. Be sure to take a look at the different examples for inspiration. H5P offers numerous possibilities for student engagement.

Creating an H5P Interactive Video

There are three steps to creating an interactive video.

  1. Select a video and Insert

    Upload video - Shows Upload video file on the left or Enter video source URL or YouTube link on the right

  2. Add Interactions

    As you video plays, you can pause and select from numerous interactions: Text, Table, Link, Image, Statements, Single Choice Set, Multiple Choice, True/False Question, Drag and Drop, Mark the Words, Drag Text, Crossroads, and Navigation Hotspot.

    Simply drag the interaction to the video screen and place.

    Add Interactions - Shows the Add Interactions tab. The interaction tool bar is circle to highlight the interaction icons.Fixed or Growth - Shows a purple button titled Fixed or Growth. Above the button is a small toolbar with several icons.

    Select the pencil to edit your interaction. You can decide when your button/poster will be displayed and whether you want the video to stop or not. If you do not pause the video for interactions and the students do not select them, they will be displayed at the end of the video.

    Video Choices - shows the video display time and a checkbox for pause video. There is also a button tto choose between button and poster.

  3. Summary Task

    This is a final check for understanding. Did your students learn from the video activity?

    Summary Task - Shows the details of the Summary Task showing the Introduction text and statements for the student to choose.

Other H5P Interactive Activities

List of Content Types 1 - Show the selections of Interactive video, Course Presentation,Multtiple Choice, Quiz, Fill in the Blank, Drag the Words, and Drag and Drop.Content Types 2 - Show the selections of Mark the Words, Audio, Timeline, Find Multiple Hotspots, Find the Words, Summary,  and Branching Scenario.Content Types 3 - Show the selections of Vitual Tour, for Chat and Talk, and Twitter User Feed

There are more than twenty H5P Interactive Activities available in Moodle. Below are just a few examples. Please check the OTAN Professional Development Community/On-Demand Learning – Self-paced Courses and Learning Moodle 3.8 for the Adult Education Teacher ( to experience some of these interactive activities.

Fill in the Blanks

You can transform a paper worksheet into an online interactive activity with Fill in the Blanks. It is very easy to set up. Blanks are indicated by typing an asterisk followed by the correct answer and another asterisk.

Fill in the Blanks - shows an activity using Fill in the Blanks. There are five sentences and each has one blank to be fill in.Coding for Fill in the Blanks - Blanks are indicated by typing an asterisk followed by the correct answer and another asterisk

Mark the Words

Mark the Words is a great activity for identifying parts of speech or grammar errors.

Mark the words - Shows a paragraph called A Sticky Business. Directions state "Click on all the words in the text below that should be capitalized". Correct answers are highlighted in green and have +1 next to the word. Incorrect answers are highlighted in red and have -1 next to the word.

Find Multiple Hotspots

This activity allows you to create an image-based test where the learner is asked to find the correct spots on an image.

Fruits and Vegetables - Shows  nine pictures of fruits and vegetables. Directions state "Find the vegetables in this picture. Broccoli and carrots are checked.

Course Presentation

This is an interactive slide deck that may consist of multimedia, text and various types of interactives. A typical use is to present content on the first few slides and then check for understanding on the last few. There are several kinds of questions you can include such as multiple choice, drop and drag, fill in the blanks, true/false, drag text, and mark the words. You can also insert images as links to jump to new slides.

Presentation Slide - shows a picture of an orange flower on the right and aa interactive multiple choice question on the left.Task Summary - Shows the scoring on all the slides in the presentation

Find the Word

This is a word search activity which is easy to set up. You simply add each word separated by a comma.

Find the Word - Shows a word search with eight words listed in the right side. Four words are highlighted in green on the grid and four corresponding words are checked in the word list.


With the upgrade to Moodle 3.8, seven new games were added. They include crossword, Hangman, Hidden Picture, Millionaire, Snakes and Ladders, Sudoku, and Cryptex. Most games link to a selected glossary, so once the glossary is set up, it is very easy to add a variety of games. Millionaire links to a question category in your question blank.

Creating a Glossary

  1. Be sure to turn on editing in your Moodle course by selecting the gear in the upper right-hand corner.

  2. Select Add an activity or resource in the topic area of choice.

  3. Add Glossary

    Add an activity - Shows the list of activities and Glossary is selected.Glossary setup - shows the general settings for glossary. Under glossary type, secondary glossary is selected.

  4. Give your glossary a name and select the Glossary type. I chose a secondary glossary because I want only the words from this unit.

  5. Select Save and display at the bottom of the page.

  6. Select Add a new entry.

    Unit 1 Vocabulary - Add a new entryUnit 1 Vocabulary - Concept and Definition

Depending on your objective, you can have students each add a couple of words and their definitions.
Once your glossary is created you can easily create the following games based on your glossary.


Screenshot of Crossword puzzle


Screenshot of Cryptex puzzle


Screenshot of Hangman puzzle

Snakes and Ladders

Screenshot of Snakes and Ladders


Sudoku works best with a large glossary of fifty to sixty words. It can be played with smaller amounts but does not look appealing.

Screenshot of Sudoku puzzle

All of the above games use a glossary as the source of content vocabulary. Millionaire, however, links to a question category in your Moodle question bank.

Millionaire - Shows the question in the main block and possible answers in box below. On the right is the scoreboard.

Please check the OTAN Professional Development Community/On-Demand Learning – Self-paced Courses and Learning Moodle 3.8 for the Adult Education Teacher ( to experience some of these games.

Web-based Activity

Moodle Vocabulary

In this activity, students use Moodle games to learn vocabulary. Once the vocabulary is introduced students are assigned a new game each day to practice the vocabulary.


  1. Decide on reading vocabulary you want to use.

  2. Create a Moodle Glossary with the vocabulary words.

  3. Create a different Moodle game for each day and hide.

  4. Create a final quiz to test their knowledge of the new vocabulary.

How To:

  1. Present the vocabulary and discuss.

  2. If the vocabulary is part of a reading assignment, read the article.

  3. Since the games are hidden in Moodle, be sure to change ta different one to show each day.

  4. Show students how to access your Moodle games.

  5. At the end of the week, give students a quiz to check for understanding.

  6. Reteach if necessary.

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