LRNT 526 Individual Blog Post – Specific Issue Exploration-H5P and Video Simulation Games (VSG)

I was first introduced to the technology H5P, when it was added as a plug in to my institutions learning management system (LMS) about two years ago. Initially I found it fulfilled a gap of replacing slideshow review activities that used technology that was now behind a paywall and limited the number of slides I could use for free (iSpring Solutions, n.d.). There are about 40 different types of content you can create with H5P so it can be overwhelming!  Some of the content is as simple as a flash card review or as complex as interactive video or branching scenarios (H5P, 2021b).

I narrowed my interest to branching scenarios using video simulation games (VSG) when attending a four-day workshop put on by CAN-Sim, an organization that has been creating and doing research on nursing simulation scenarios and VSG for years. Primarily, their focus is on creating activities for reinforcing prior knowledge in a more realistic scenario (CAN-Sim, n.d., Kaufman & Ireland, 2016). This helps student nurses to better prepare for real life situations in a safe learning environment. The workshop resulted in the creation of a VSG using their research informed templates. Can Sim use software called Articulate Storyline 360. This software is subscription based and expensive-about $1299 USD per user, annually (Articulate, 2021)!  I realized that H5P could be a free and easily sharable option to purchased software. It also has the potential to be a fully digitally accessible learning event (H5P, 2021a).

The downsides, as we discovered in our team research is that of the H5P content options, the branching scenario is complex, containing a lot of information and takes a large amount of time to build a near true to life, authentic scenario (French, 2021). The Articulate software, while costing money, does have good templates to use that save the content builder some work and time. You also need a place to host H5P content such as an LMS, WordPress, or Pressbook, (H5P, 2021b).

What I like best about H5P is the share-ability. I built the below scenario using my LMS plug in as a reinforcement activity based on true life events very quickly (so not that integrative, no video) as part of pandemic pivot in the summer of 2020.  Because I set it to fully sharable, I have been able to embed it into multiple course shells in my LMS which is not easy to do with other type of LMS content. I can also easily share it here in WordPress!  There is also potential for students to be involved in co-creating learning experiences as referenced in Killam & Luctkar-Flude (2021). There is some learning curve, which I do not find too bad based on my experience with building content on an LMS, but the technology adaptation my be dauting to some.

Overall, I would like to learn more about constructing high fidelity, authentic scenarios, like Can Sim VSG but for x-ray specific content. I have very large dreams of creating some repository for use across varies x-ray programs. I welcome your input on how H5P. Have you used it? Is it useful in your context?


Articulate. (2021). Articulate 360 Pricing.

Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation (CAN-Sim). (n.d.) Welcome & Bonjour. Retrieved April 14, 2021, from

French, P. (2020, March 31). Intro to H5P for Mohawk College. eCampusOntario. (2021). Content type accessibility. Retrieved April 18, 2021 from (2021). The basics. Retrieved April 16, 2021 from htttps://

iSpring Solutions. (n.d.). iSpring Free eLearning authoring tool. iSpring Solutions. Retrieved April 16, 2021, from

Kaufman, D., & Ireland, A. (2016). Enhancing teacher education with simulations. TechTrends, 60(3), 260-267.

Killam, L. A., & Luctkar-Flude, M. (2021). Virtual Simulations to Replace Clinical Hours in a Family Assessment Course: Development Using H5P. Clinical Simulation in Nursing (in Press), 1–7.

5 thoughts on “LRNT 526 Individual Blog Post – Specific Issue Exploration-H5P and Video Simulation Games (VSG)

  1. Shelley,
    I have enjoyed working with you and other members of our team. There is so much to learn, and there are so many areas we haven’t had time to discuss. The case study activity you shared here is a formative assessment students might use to check for understanding (and learn from). Was branching involved? Did the students’ answers determine what the next question would be? How do you check if students actually complete the activity?
    I have been using Office365 Forms in my classroom for formative assessment. The feature I like most is checking for student completion and analyzing where students need further clarification. I also like to share class results and clarify understanding. Does the H5P created content collect data on student activity? Is there a way to analyze results?

  2. Hi Wendy,

    This is more of a linear scenario. Selections do affect the next question, but there is basically one “correct” answer. A true branching scenario for my context is something I would like to get to know more about. This can be used as a formative assessment and you can track at least through my LMS, the individual student performance. I have used it more of review than an actual grade. I haven’t worked through the analysis too much as it’s been more of an optional activity at this point.

  3. Shelley, BCcampus has been supporting H5P development in open textbooks with grants, and they’ve also been doing some workshops so you might want to check into that. Also if you search online you may find various open access repositories for medical images. Because, as you note, branching scenarios rapidly grow in complexity it can become very time consuming and expensive to build them, which is a good argument for collaboration across institutions and the use of open licensing as open educational resources (e.g. Creative Commons).

  4. Hi Shelley,
    It is very interesting how we are both in health care and our institution are very different with our learning platforms. I had never heard of HP5 until now, it is not something we use. However, I feel that with some classes our students could benefit from this type of learning technology. Our students do not enter into patient care until their second semester and for some students, it is hard for them to understand the processes from start to finish. With HPz I feel that it would be an excellent adjunct to their patient care courses in their first semester. I appreciate you bringing this forward and showing me an alternative way to educate students. This is defiantly something that I will look into, I am also especially interested in learning more about the Can Sim VSG for x-ray content this would be very beneficial to my students. I look forward to hearing more about your research with this program. Just remember dreams can always come true, we are in charge of our own destinies and I truly believe you will accomplish your goal of creating a repository for use across various x-ray programs.

    1. Thanks ] Cheryl!

      Can Sim is more nursing specific, but hopefully there will similar scenarios built for other health sciences in the future. As we discovered in our group project, H5P is soon going to have a place to share such things so that people can build on each others work.

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