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Create interactive videos with H5P

Create interactive videos with H5P


Managers can use the "Interactive Content (H5P)" activity to provide videos in the RWTHmoodle course room where learners have to react to certain tasks or elements.

For example, multiple choice questions or cloze questions can be included in videos.



  1. Creating the activity “Interactive Content (H5P)”
  2. Upload/embed video
  3. Add interactions
  4. Adding Bookmarks
  5. Summary task

In addition to providing videos via the RWTH streaming server, uploading them as files and embedding videos from external platforms (e.g. YouTube), interactive videos can also be created in RWTHmoodle course rooms. In these videos, for example, questions or texts can be displayed at certain points in the videos, which the participants must answer or read.

You can use video files in mp4 format or webm format to create interactive videos. Alternatively, videos from external platforms, such as YouTube, can be used via links and provided with appropriate interactive elements.

1. Creating the activity “Interactive Content (H5P)”

To create an interactive video, managers must include the Interactive Content (H5P) activity in their course room as follows:

  1. In the course room, click the "Edit mode" slider next to your name in the upper right corner to activate edit mode.
  2. Click on "Add an activity or resource" in the course section you want to add the video.
  3. Select "Interactive Content (H5P)" and click on "Add".
  4. Under "Description" you can optionally add a description and select whether it should be displayed in your course room or not.
  5. Under "Select content type" please select "Interactive Video".

Give the video a title. You can specify the video's copyright information using the "Metadata" item.

2. Upload/embed video

The next step is to select a video. For this, you can either use a video from an external platform or upload your own video file via "Upload video file".
To provide a file of your own, proceed as follows:

  1. Click on the light grey plus symbol.
  2. Now click on the video camera icon under "Upload video file".
  3. Select the video file you want to use.
  4. The video will be uploaded now.

You also have the option to provide the video in different quality levels to make the video playable on as many browsers as possible.

3. Add interactions

Once the video is uploaded, managers can add and configure interactions.
A toolbar is displayed above the video, from which different elements can be selected and added to the video:

  • Label
  • Text
  • Table
  • Link
  • Picture
  • Single Choice Set: Here you can create questions with multiple answer options. Only one of the answer options is correct.
  • Multiple Choice: Here you can create questions with multiple answer options. Several of the answer options can be correct. There are also further setting options, such as defining information texts that appear when answer options are selected.
  • True/False Question: Here you can create questions that can only be answered by selecting "True" or "False".
  • Fill in the Blanks: Here cloze texts can be created which have to be filled in by the course room participants.
  • Drag and Drop: Here you can define texts or images that have to be dragged to a certain position in the video by the course room participants.
  • Mark the Words: Here words can be defined within a text, which must be selected by the participants.
  • Drag Text: Here you can create cloze texts. The course room participants have a selection of words which they have to drag into the correct gaps.
  • Crossroads: Here you can define skip marks to different time marks in the video.
  • Navigation Hotspots: Here you can define areas in the video that point to a website or a time stamp in the video when clicked.

When you choose an interaction type, you can configure it individually. Here you can define at which position of the video the interaction should be displayed and whether the video should pause at this position. In addition, in some interactions, you can also set the position of the interaction. You can select whether it should be displayed as a button or as a poster. For example, with the button option, questions are collapsed and must first be opened with a click. With the popup option, the questions are displayed directly.

Then the interactions must be configured. For example, in the "Multiple Choice" interaction, questions must be entered and correct and incorrect answers must be defined. As soon as the interaction has been completely configured, the configuration must be completed via "Done". Afterwards, you return to the initial view at "Add interactions". Here you can make further individual adjustments, such as moving the display window of a question.

4. Adding Bookmarks

If needed, bookmarks can be added to the video. By using these bookmarks you can structure the video and help learners to jump between sections.
To add bookmarks, follow these steps:

  1. Drag the video to the time stamp where you want to set the bookmark.
  2. Click the bookmark icon.
  3. Click on “Add bookmark at …”
  4. Give the bookmark a title.

5. Summary task

You can create a summary task at the end of an interactive video. The aim of the summary task is to make the course room participants reflect again on the contents of the video. Here you can define a task description and provide statements about it. The first statement should be the correct one. Once the interactive video is finished, click on "Save and return to course". The course room participants can then access and play the video in the course room.



As with other activities and resources in RWTHmoodle, you can control access to interactive videos by various requirements, such as group membership or date.


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last changed on 11/29/2023

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