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H5P editor in Moodle news

Just a quick update on the editor…

There’s been a recent news update from the Moodle H5P integration team regarding the editor.

“After several discussions, the WYSIWYG editor within the H5P editor will remain based on ckEditor as in the standard H5P editor.”

What does this mean?

Essentially it means that when you are adding H5P content in Moodle, the interface for creating the content will be the standard H5P editor (called ckEditor) and not the Atto editor – which is what you use everywhere else in Moodle – in Forums, Assignments, Quizzes, etc.

I’m sort of split on this.

It’s going to feel a bit strange to have two different editors in Moodle.

Of course if you never use H5P you wouldn’t even see the different editor. But it will feel a little odd I think for those who do.

Existing H5P users will be relatively happy, given they already know the H5P editor. But for those who use Moodle, and not H5P yet, when they do try using H5P in Moodle it will feel very different.

What are your thoughts on this?

Let’s see how this one pans out…

Stuart Mealor
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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

4 thoughts on “H5P editor in Moodle news

  • What a shame! I understand the need to be consistent across different platforms, this makes total sense, and in that regard helps me to understand the rationale for retaining the ckEditor. Although using different editors can be a nuisance, especially if you only do these things rarely. Wouldn’t it be a different world if we had one standard editor for everything we do.

    • Yes, I’m sure that people using Atto and ckEditor in Moodle will get used to both, but as you say, if you only really use them then it is an ‘extra’ thing to try and remember.
      As I’m typing this I’m using some bizarre WordPress editor (which looks like a 1980’s throwback, lol).

  • It might be a good idea to enable the ckEditor anywhere in Moodle, wouldn’t it? Add it to the ample list of Moodle editors. That would lead to more consistency for H5P-intensive Moodlers. Cheers,

    • That’s certainly an interesting idea!
      I think some users would be OK with that?
      But I don’t think either editor has the full capabilities of the other.
      And so much work has gone into Atto.
      And combining functions of both, into one, would be unwieldy, at least for now.
      To be honest, I think it’s better to use the H5P editor “as is” because it enables H5P users to work consistently across different platforms 🙂

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