The video on using H5P was very clear and instructive, but I’d already read Lorenzo’s warning about the free use of this tool. To add to that, the warning the creators themselves provide about using the free version H5P.org is as follows:
Why you shouldn’t create real content on the H5P.org test drive
Real H5P content should be created on H5P.com or on a self-hosted H5P open source version. See how to get started.
We strongly discourage the use of H5P.org as a service for creating and hosting any substantial content for the following reasons:
- When we release updates, we have to take down H5P.org and we do so without warning. This happens just about every other week.
- When we send out newsletters we disable the embeds to handle the extra traffic from the newsletters. We do so without warning.
- There are often unstable versions of H5P installed, it is a test-drive feature. There are examples of those using H5P.org as a “free hosting service” loosing hours of work.
- H5P.org is hosted on a low-cost hosting provider and is often slow to respond. In very busy periods it might not respond at all.
- We do not provide data processing agreements for H5P.org. With the GDPR interpreted strictly, it is illegal to use it if Europeans are among the target audience.
- It is not meant to be used to host content. Again, it was designed primarily for testing purposes. We will soon start limiting the ability to embed content from H5P.org.
So, there is the option to employ a self-hosted H5P open source version available as an app for the most common VLEs/LMSs, but not for Chamilo, which I and my CEL colleagues use on our PhD WSPE course.
There are certainly some engaging activities that could be produced using H5P, but I won’t be signing up to try them out. I think it’s vital to look into what all these attractive “free” tools actually provide and who the content you produce belongs to, considerations which I believe are made in the final part of this course.