Accessibility and Copyright Considerations when using the H5P Studio

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With over 49 interactive types, there’s no limit to how much you can build in the eCampusOntario H5P Studio. However, there are limits on which interactive types are accessible, and how we can use copyrighted material with them. Read on for more information.

Accessible Interactive Types

Each different interactive has different accessibility considerations. H5P openly records the accessibility of each type of interactive. The below is a curated list of accessible interactive types that also support formative assessment practices.

This list was originally created by Alan Levine for the H5P PB Kitchen.

  • Advanced Fill the Blanks
  • Arithmetic Quiz
  • Branching Scenario
  • Course Presentation
  • Dialog Cards
  • Documentation Tool
  • Drag and Drop
  • Drag the Words
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Flashcards
  • Guess the Answer
  • Image Hotspots
  • Interactive Book
  • Interactive Video
  • Memory Game
  • Multiple Choice
  • Question Sets
  • Quiz (Question Set)
  • Single Choice Set
  • Summary
  • True/False Question

Remember that these will be as accessible as you build them. Avoid some common mistakes:

  • All images need alt text to be readable to all learners;
  • Avoid using screenshots of text, unless your alt text can reflects all the text presented;
  • Simpler interactives are likely more accessible than complex ones;
  • Carefully design tables to be read horizontally, not vertically;
  • Be prepared to offer an alternative if a student identifies challenges.

You must get permission from the copyright owner to upload proprietary content, like publisher provided slides or materials, in something like the eCampusOntario H5P Studio. In the future, if your course changes the textbook, H5P interactives would need to be rebuilt to no longer rely on that resource. Often, the H5P Studio is best used with content created uniquely for a course, or for anything sourced from Open Education Resources (OER).  For more on OER, connect with your Program Liaison through the Library.

Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is the Educational Technology Officer at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

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