Mini OER Learning Snacks Nr. 5 – What tool can I use for my OER? Part 1: Videos

Hello and welcome to the fifth issue of “Mini OER Learning Snacks”!

This week, we will talk about video formats and tools for OER. But first, let’s take a look at common video formats: .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .avi etc. What do they have in common? With all these formats, you can view a final product that has been edited and exported via a video editing programme. The video may contain elements such as moving images, text, music etc. However, it is generally difficult to make changes to these elements, unless you have access to the original files. Even in that case, it would require knowledge of the particular video editing programme that was used.

This framework is not helpful for not only OER, but for anyone who wants to reuse and remix a video. To solve this problem, H5P Interactive Video was created. Based on HTML5, H5P video content type can be embedded on almost every website without the need of an extra flash player or similar plugins. Using H5P, users cannot make changes to the video itself (e.g. trim, shorten, etc.). However, they can add multiple choices and fill in the blank questions, pop-up text and other types of interactions to their videos using only a web browser.

Here you can take a look at a H5P interactive video.

The advantages of H5P videos are:

  • Every element can be embedded with a Creative Commons licence
  • Can be edited and played in most browsers, hence, do not require any special software
  • Variety of interactive elements

The biggest downside of H5P videos is in the editing stage. You need access to a H5P installation on a publishing system such as WordPress, Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas or Brightspace. Nevertheless, it is quick and easy to install H5P in these systems. Even our project blog has a H5P installation. Therefore, if you want to take a look and try out creating an interactive video, please feel free to ask us for access. Here’s a tutorial on creating a H5P interactive video.

Our question for you this week: Would you like to try out H5P for your videos? What would be the biggest challenge for you? What would be the greatest benefit if you use H5P instead of a traditional video format? As usual, let’s discuss by leaving a comment down below.

As usual, an archive of the Mini OER Learning Snacks can be found here on our blog.
Best regards,
Phuong & Nele