ITEC Workshop - Moodle: IPAL, H5P

This is the first post in a series of posts about workshops that ITEC (Instructional Technology) will be facilitating over the fall semester. You can read more about the workshops and find a schedule here. This post is a summary of the first session, Moodle: IPAL, H5P. Thank you to everyone who attended. Both of these tools are plugins available for Moodle. The first is a student response plugin that allows the instructor to prose questions to students and receive feedback immediately. The second is a free, open-source tool for creating interactive web content. We will take a brief look at each tool and provide links for more in-depth documentation further on.


H5P is a website that provides the means for a person to create interactive HTML 5 embed-able elements into webpages. One promising tool within the H5P suite is an interactive video element which you can see in a longer summary here. This tool lets the user overlay questions and other elements on top of an online video. They recently released a plugin for Moodle. One cool thing about this is that once the student answers all the questions and views the entire video they are given a grade automatically. Another cool thing about this is that the student will not receive a grade until they have viewed the entire video. The entire suite of tools and the Moodle plugin appear to be in active development. It will be exciting to see what develops in the future.


IPAL stands for Internet Poling for All Learners. The plugin, developed by Bill Junkin, provides a means for an instructor to gather immediate feedback from students for questions they ask during the class session. This is akin to a student response system a la TurningPoint or iClicker.  Questions are created using Moodle's built-in question editor. It is also possible to pull questions from the ComPADRE site ( Students may access the questions through a free mobile app or through a browser (Mac, PC, mobile).

If you would like to learn more about either of these tools or use them in your classroom, please contact Jedidiah.


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