Facilitating exchange of resources.
From the H5P site:
“The H5P Content Hub is the heart of H5P and the soul of our vision of empowering everyone to create, share and reuse interactive content.”
And a more in-depth statement:
“The most important part of our roadmap has long been to finish up and integrate an OER Hub in the H5P authoring tool to facilitate global collaboration. It was also the most requested roadmap item by far on the last H5P Conference. It will be an integral part of the H5P authoring tool and allow users to easily share their content with every H5P user in the world! Content shared by others will of course be searchable and repurposable.”
Don’t expect this to be in your LMS next week though 😉
“When everything is done we’ll need to add the new system to our plugins. We’re likely to integrate with Drupal first allowing the community to test and give feedback on H5P.org. Drupal will probably be followed by H5P.com and then Moodle and WordPress. Much of the code will be the same for all, but each plugin must add a few UI components and implement interface functions for storing data etc.”
I guess the biggest question is around “Who will want to give their content away for free?“
If you are employed as a teacher, tutor, or trainer, you certainly can’t make your content available to the public, because contractually it will belong to your employer.
Commercial companies may ‘showcase’ some content, but this would be more of a marketing tools perhaps?
I remain a little unconvinced that OER, in any shape or form, will really take off in the same way that people share on YouTube for example.
And if they do, what what is the quality control process that can be used here? Would it be like Wikipedia, where there is some community self-regulation? What’s to stop creationists or anti-vaccination lunatics from flooding an OER with incorrect information?
There are many challenges with OER, not just for H5P, but also MoodleNet, and many other similar initiatives.
If H5P does have one advantage, it’s the amazing portability. The fact that content can be created in H5P.com, H5P.org, Drupal, Moodle, WordPress, and so on, and then MOVED from one environment to another … this cannot be under-estimated. Maybe H5P will become the standard that SCORM should have been?
What do you think?