Reference and Instruction Librarian, Assistant Professor Touro University Nevada Henderson, Nevada
Background: Engaging students is a challenge in library medical education. Working for the Touro University Nevada Library I started using H5P to create interactive content for research guides, in-class sessions, orientations, and in other areas to better connect with students and other library users. This has included quizzes, worksheets, and more and is designed to make learning library skills more hands-on, rewarding, and memorable.
Description: H5P is an online tool designed to build and share interactive content easily. The time to learn H5P and to create content is quick and relatively pain-free. I was able to acquire a license and decided to trial its use in a variety of library services, including instruction and research guide creation. After some initial success, I have expanded its use across different medical and education programs, for both on-ground (in person and asynchronously) and online instruction. It has also proven valuable for orientations and research guide creation.
Conclusion: There are some limitations with H5P, but as a supplement to instruction it has significant potential and has shown promise, with classes becoming more active and online content offering more engagement. The ease of use and ability to reuse and share content should appeal to content creators with limited access to technology and instructional design support.