The Power of the R’s

When it comes to the use of H5P content and OER, you may notice that folks who talk about it use a lot of “R” words. The most common is probably reuse, since that’s the whole point of making H5P content – so people can use and reuse it. You may be asking the question, “What’s the difference between use and reuse?” If I want to use a piece of H5P content, I can embed the content on a webpage (using Canvas or WordPress) by copying and pasting the embed “code”. We talked about this in the Beginning post.

To reuse a piece of H5P content, you need to download it first (this is known as retain – also a good R word), and then upload it somewhere else. You can also copy content and reuse some of it. The H5P website has a good summary on reuse.

Keep in mind that in order to reuse, you may have to consider the creators rights (another “R word). In general, H5P content is born to be used and reused, but there are permissions that are stipulated in how it can be used. Typically rights are granted in what is known as a Creative Commons license. The most common and basic license will require that “Attribution” be given to the author. Meaning, tell the folks who are viewing the H5P content who the author/creator is.

Let’s embed an example of some H5P content below which includes the options of Reuse, Rights of use, and Embed:

Notice the buttons on the lower left side of the True/False question (you answered the question correctly I hope). We talked about Reuse above. You know about Embed. This content also includes Rights of use. Below is a screenshot of what you see when you click “Rights of use”.

Rights of Use window

I don’t want to go into too much more detail just yet, but know that when it comes to H5P, there are lots of ways to use, reuse, and encourage the continued open sharing of content.

To get you thinking, and hopefully retaining (see how I added another R) what you’ve learned in this post, I have added a little quiz below (a “Drag the Words” H5p content type) all about the Rs in open content.

(Here’s a hint)

Until next time.


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