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Using the H5P Essay Tool

This H5P tool allows students to write a brief essay response to a question you place in the Learning Space. The response will be compared to the 'ideal' essay response written by the teacher. Several keywords will be entered in through the set-up which the tool will use to determine how close the student got to the 'ideal' response. This allows for immediate feedback on a student's response to a question.

Step One: Getting Started

1. In the Learning Space, choose the module you want the H5P to be in, click on New then New Document.

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2. In the Insert Stuff menu, click to open the H5P Learning Object.

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3. In the H5P tool, click Add Content.

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4. From the Content Type dropdown menu, select Essay.

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If you click Details you will be taken to an official H5P description of the tool option.

5. Click Use to begin the process of setting up the Essay H5P.

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Step Two: Setting up the H5P Essay Tool

1. Enter in a title for the exercise as well as a short description of what the students should aim to do in this task.

Using the H5P Essay Tool Step 2.1

2. The Help Text is an optional section and should be a sentence (or the beginning of one) that prompts an answer from the students.

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3. As the name suggests the Sample Solution provides students with an example of a response to the task.

The Introduction field can be used to describe how the sample solution should be used or interpretted (e.g. 'this is only an example response, yours should be more personal').

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4. The next step is to enter in all the valid Keywords that the tool should apply points to. This is how the H5P tool will determine the result the student receives. 

Select Add Keyword, then add in what the first keyword should be (this can be in any order). Next include any Variations to the word (variations will receive the same amount of points as the original).

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 5. Next is the section which covers the Points, Options and Feedback for each keyword. This process is done for each keyword used.

  • Points sets up the value of the keywword;
  • Occurrences regulates how many times the keyword should receive points for its use;
  • Case sensitive will regulate if points are awarded if the student doesn't capitalise (probably only useful for proper nouns);
  • Forgive minor mistakes will allow spelling mistakes to a certain point, depending on the length of the word (e.g. "Luke" spelled "Loke" would be forgiven, but spelled "Luka" would not);
  • Feedback if keyword included provides a brief callout provided to a student if they include this keyword in their response;
  • Feedback if keyword missing is the opposite;
  • Feedback word shown if keyword included let's you decide between the keyword, alternative, nothing or the answer given as a prefix to the afformentioned feedback; and
  • Feedback word shown if keyword missing let's you decide between the keyword that was missed, or nothing in relation to a keyword that was missed.

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6. The next step gives you the option to break up the success rate of the student's response as well as an overall comment for the outcome they received.

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After a student attempts the essay tool they will receive a response such as this:

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7. Next step involves deciding on the Behavioural settings of the tool. The options available are:

  • Minimum number of characters - lets you determine the smallest amount of characters acceptable in a response;
  • Maximum number of characters - lets you determine the largest amount of characters acceptable in a response;
  • Input field size - lets you determine the size of the input space the students write in;
  • Enable retry - lets you determine if students can attempt the tool again after checking their first attempt;
  • Ignore scoring - if selected students will only see the feedback for the keywords, not the score they receive;
  • Passing percentage - input a number for the students to achieve to pass the tool;
  • Mastering percentage - a further step then the one above, lets you input a numerical level that the student must achieve to 'master' the tool;
  • Override case sensitive - enable this setting if you want the case sensitive setting applied to all keywords; and
  • Override forgive mistakes - enable this setting if you want the forgive mistakes setting applied to all keywords.

8. The Text overrides and translations provides options for changing the words used throughout the tool. For example, you can change "Show solution" to "My solution".

Using the H5P Essay Tool Step 2.8


Step Three: Inserting a H5P into VU Collaborate

Once the H5P has been completed, the final step is to insert the activity into VU Collaborate. For a step-by-step guide on how to do this please use Inserting an H5P in VU Collaborate.


Step Four: Accessing H5P Reports

H5P offers the ability to see a report of a student's attempt at the task.

1. When looking at the main page of the H5P tool select Reports.

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2. The next page will display the names of all the students that have attempted the task; this is how it is broken down:

  • Attempts will show the total amount as well as their first and last attempt;
  • First Score is the overall score of their first attempt at the task;
  • Last Score is the most recent score they've achieved in the task; and
  • Best Score is the highest score the student has achieved in all their attempts.

3. For a more detailed look at a student's attempts simply click their name in the list.

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4. A list of all the student's attempts will populate. From here you will be able to see when they completed the test, how long it took them and what score they received. For a more detailed view of the attempt simply click the date/time in the End Time list.

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5. This page will show all details of this particular attempt by the student. Including the start/end time, total time it took, score they received and their response verbatim.

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Step Five: Publishing & Collaboration Settings

Once you are satisfied with the layout of your column H5P tool, you can adjust your H5P's settings at the bottom of your column H5P tool's screen (you can leave these settings by default or you can make alterations):

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1 - Display options:  What options do you want to be visible for the user, for example,, you can tick the display download button to enable students/staff to download the H5P to their own computer. You can also tick the Display embed button, which allows the user to embed the H5P into their HTML editor in VU Collaborate for example.

2 - Folder: All your content will be saved in one spot, within a root folder.

3 - Publish: This option allows you to make the H5P Unpublished (content cannot be inserted into VUC), Protected (content can be inserted into VUC) or Public (visible to the public using a content link and the content can be inserted into LMS and be embedded). Protected is the default setting and it is recommended to leave this setting as it is. 

4 - Collaborators: In this setting you can add and search for other collaborators and give them access to edit your H5P's. For example, if you are teaching a unit with another staff member and you would like them to have access to edit your H5P's, then you can use the search field to locate another staff member by typing in their full name. 

5 - Sharing: This is where you share your H5P with others, so they can view and clone your content. There is a folder allocated for each college, for example, 'Arts and Education', select your College.

For more information about Sharing and Collaboration, please see H5P Sharing and Collaboration.

6 - Send Score to LMS: In this section you can link your H5P directly to VU Collaborate and also link it to your gradebook. It is recommended to leave this setting as it is, and NOT send the results to the gradebook as the results are very unreliable. 

After adjusting the H5P, you can click Save.


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