Dynamic Content

Let’s build a little bit on The Power of the R’s, and hopefully further clarify the difference between using and reusing H5P content. As we said, using content is enabled by embedding content on a webpage. Once embedded, the content is viewable by the visitors of the page. However, not only is it viewable each time you visit the page, it is called each time from the site that the content lives on – for lack of a better term, the repository.

The Resources page has some helpful links (hopefully) to get you up to speed about H5P content. However, one of the problems with a list of links is that it’s published as static content, meaning if I shared that it in an email to you, it is frozen in time and isn’t able to be updated if the list changes. This was pointed out by my friend and fellow instructional technology colleague, Alan Levine, in a post relating the idea of syndication (like RSS) to H5P content.

The example he uses is a piece of H5P content, an “accordion”, that is a list of H5P resources. I’ll embed it below…

Now that the above content is embedded here, any changes that occur to the original will be reflected when you visit the page. That mostly is a positive thing. You don’t have to worry about updating the links because they automatically propagate any changes made to the original. With that said, if something does change with the H5P content, it’s out of your control. So if you DON’T want it to change, you need to click that Reuse link (download/upload to your own repository) to retain the content, make it your own, and give yourself control over it.

Again, a shoutout to Alan Levine who was part of the inspiration for building this site and demonstrating the many capabilities of H5P content. I’m sure there will be more insights to come as Alan continues to innovate in these dynamic web spaces. Thank you, Alan.

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