I recently come across this article “Making Interactive Learning Accessible With Lumi’s H5P For Desktop | H5Pulse” on LMS Pulse about H5P and Moodle.
The article talks about using Lumi, a Windows (Linux and Mac also available) app for creating H5P content on your desktop. We typically create our H5P content directly in Moodle. I had not even though that there could be desktop app that would allow for this. Creating content in Moodle is easy enough to do, but I though why not give Lumi a once-over and see how it shapes up.
For starters Lumi can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft App store. Once installed, it launched like any other Windows desktop app.
The interface is clean and your only choice really is to create content by clicking the START button in the H5P Editor tile.
I opted to create an Interactive Video – something quick and simple to build as a test.
Creating the content is exactly as I would have done it in Moodle via the browser. I guess a benefit here is, if you have poor connectivity then working from the desktop is ideal. You can also reload files you created previously and edit them.
I used the Moodle H5P integration video in the test, and also included a short description as part of the video. This video I am “lending” from the Moodle channel. Go and check out the channel, there are some interesting videos, especially the new ones from the Moodle Academy.
Once you have created the learning object, click the VIEW tab to test it. Remember to click File and save the file to your PC.
Once my .hp5 file had been created and saved to my desktop, it’s off to Moodle. I wanted to see how easy it would be to add the .h5p file that I created on my desktop to my Moodle 3.11 test site. H5P has been give a small tweak in Moodle 3.11 and is now part of the core code.
I started off by adding the .h5p file to the content bank. This is easily done for those who have not done so, by using the upload button and dragging the file into the upload target area.
Once uploaded, you have 3 option (more probably) for adding the content into the course.
To start with I used the H5P activity and added the file I created from the content bank.
You can still edit the file once it has been uploaded into the H5P activity. Clicking the Close button will return you to the course page where the activity is listed.
Option 2, and one we tend to use a lot, was using a Label resource and adding the H5P activity from the content bank into the label.
We like this method as it gives us a little more freedom to move the asset around and even add some css styling to the container.
The last, and possibly easiest option is to just drag and drop the file into the course where you want it. Moodle recognizes the file type and creates the activity for you.
Using Lumi to create and add H5P content to Moodle feels like a no-brainer really.