The speculations finally came true. Starting on Moodle 3.8, H5P will be available as a built-in, default Activity, with performance and new features to be added subsequently in upcoming releases.
Taking the open source and interactive content worlds by storm, H5P quickly became a user favorite for its simplicity at the time of creating engaging content. More than 50 interactive types allow teachers and creators to easily enhance their LMS-based courses as well as any website; and by being license-free and HTML5-based, embedding, downloading and editing is a simple and light process. The number of H5P activities keeps growing larger and bolder, while the more classic ones are already a staple across learning experiences and organizations.
Sander Bangma, Moodle HQ Product Manager, expects H5P to increase its user base by “hundreds of millions of users.” He also claims H5P is the most popular plugin. At the time of writing, however, the “Adaptable” theme takes the spot off H5P in terms of total downloads and sites installed at the time, according to Moodles own data. In terms of fans, H5P is number 4.
For now, the H5P plugin will still be required for authoring, as officially confirmed via Twitter:
H5P has quickly become an ally for educators all over the world, including designers and open source advocates. It shows that the perennial gap from open source to good design and UX can be bridged. It has also started to spark interest about content creation for teachers and instructional designers, in a flexible medium that allows development, analytics through xAPI; and endless combinations. In addition to Moodle-based and other LMS, plugins for CMS are also available.
Moodle 3.8 is expected to be released between November and December this year.