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Using H5P to Boost Attendance and Engagement

Submitted by Erica Mackey

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What challenge, problem or motivation inspired you to make one small change?

Some motivation was to allow students time to interact or play with the material of the course. A lot of what we teach is critical thinking. We noticed attendance was low in the classroom so we wanted to provide some additional support outside of class and in other ways for students who want to attend class because they were more engaged.

Tell us about your one small change:

I used H5P drag and drops and branching scenarios in my courses with a case study. I added videos and also did hot spot videos. We did some activities for theoretical content and then other activities like how biofilm forms and stages of biofilm formation. After that it was a lot of case scenarios and taking their theory that they did in class and applying it to a client or case scenario. That is where the branching scenarios came in beautifully. I would definitely use this again in my class. It gives students a safe environment to make choices without affecting clients.

What was the result of your one small change?

When we had our student-input meeting, the students mentioned that they really enjoyed the interactive content that myself, Victoria and Tammy added to their courses. They were able to apply and use the material outside of their courses. We spent so much time developing this and hoped they would enjoy it so we were happy to hear that it worked out. Next semester I want to start working with videos and making interactive videos.

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