H5P Interactives

Create simple, fun and interactive online learning activities.

Using the H5P Fill in the Blanks Tool

The H5P Fill in the Blanks tool can be used to create longer, text-based questions with multiple blank sections. Students are required to type the correct responses in each blank space.

These questions offer a useful alternative to multiple‐choice, because it prevents students from simply guessing an answer. Additionally, students are required to read the whole text to understand the context and to provide the correct answer. Students are notified immediately if their response is correct or incorrect. Also, the question can be responded to more than once, and students are also able to find out the correct responses, if they need to. In addition to the information in this guide, H5P has it's own tutorial on using this interactive.

This guide uses a H5P object. For getting started on placing H5P into a space, please see Inserting H5P in VU Collaborate.


Step One: Create a New Fill in the Blanks Question

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.


Insert Stuff


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3. Using the dropdown menu, set your Content Type to Fill in the Blanks.




Note: If you click on the name of the object type, a summary of the tool and an option for a demonstration will appear. If satisfied with your tool selection, click Use. If you do not require this step, click Use from the content type menu.     




4. Add a Title for the new object that will be easy to remember and find.

5. Scroll downd to enter your relevant Discipline/Area and College in the fields provided and write a Description for your activity, to provide context for the object if you're sharing it with other staff.




6. The H5P options that appear at the bottom of the screen determine the accessibility of the tool. Set your preferences now, depending on how you want this tool to be used.

Select Shared to enable other staff to copy this learning object to use in their spaces. Leave this unticked to keep the object private to you and your spaces.

Select Send Grades to VU Collaborate if you have a grade item enabled and would like the marks to be sent straight through to a connected gradebook.

Display buttons will give users clickable buttons to embed your learning tool elsewhere, download the learning tool, and assign copyright to your tool.  

Copyright button enables users to display copyright button as part of the learning tool.  

Click Add another Author and type the name of the staff member that you wish to add as an additional or co-editor / author for this H5P interactive. You can add multiple additional authors.  
This will allow another staff member to edit, clone, save and use your H5P object.  


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7. Once you've finished setting all of your preferences, we can move on to creating the drag and drop elements. Remember to Save regularly.


Step Two: Create Sentences and Blanks

 1. Scroll up to start adding content. In the Task Description section, you can enter a short instruction for the task. This will tell the student what they need to do. H5P automatically writes "Fill in the missing words" in this field, but you can customise this message for your students.




2. Read the instructions and then write a line of text that will contain a blank for the student to write in, and put asterisks ** around the word that you would like to appear as a blank.




3. If you want to add a tip to your question, use a colon inside the asterisk area. This is optional.

Tip: you can add multiple answers in the asterisk area using forward slashes to separate them, ex: *red/crimson/pink*




The tip will appear to the student as a small thought-bubble icon, which expands when clicked. This is useful for students who might not immediately grasp the task's purpose.


4. You can add as many lines as you like to the activity. Click Add Text Block to create a new field to enter another Fill in the Blank question.




Step Three: Configure Behavioural Settings

There are a range of behavioural options you can use to determine how students interact with the Fill in the Blanks object. You might want to give them the option to try again if they get it wrong, which is particularly useful if your answer is case-sensitive (for example, the name of an organisation or notable figure).


1. Underneath your new questions, click Behavioural settings to expand the area and view options. Some options will already be ticked by default.

2. Tick the Enable "Retry" tickbox to allow students to try to answer the question correctly multiple times. Tick the Enable "Show solutions" button tickbox to show students the answers after the first time they get it wrong. Selecting both of these options will let the student see the answers when they get the question wrong, and then allow them to answer again, effectively ensuring a 100% correct answer rate. You can manipulate these setting to make it tougher, especially if you are grading the item.




3. The Case sensitive tickbox will be automatically ticked. You can disable this to make it easier for students to get the correct answer without worrying about the wrong capitalisation. For example, if the answer is "United Nations", unticking the box will also allow the object to recognise "united nations" or "United nations" as an answer. This is similar to the Accept minor spelling errors button. 

4. There are two different ways for the student to check their answers in this object.

Automatically check answers after input will check whether the word is correct after each entry, which is useful if you haven't enabled Retry and have multiple fill in the blank sentences.


A preview of the final question with one question filled out correctly. The answer appears in green with a small tick icon next to it, indicating that it has been checked and is correct


Show confirmation dialogue on "Check" will create a pop-up when the student clicks Check to see if their answers were correct.


A dialog that reads Finish? are you sure you want to finish? with two options available for the user to choose - cancel and finish


If you leave both of these options unchecked, the Fill in the Blanks object will still function perfectly fine. There are several other setting we haven't explored in this guide, but feel free to experiment and find what works for you. Click Save when finished. 


Step Five: Test and Publish the Question

Before the object gets inserted into the space, previewing it for any possible errors is a good idea.


1. In the main H5P object menu (which will appear when you save the object), click Insert to open a preview of your new object.




2. In the preview area, you can see all of the elements of your new object as they will appear to the student. 

3. Click around and test the different elements of the activity. If you have added a tip, click the thought bubble icon to check that it works correctly.




4. Once you've finished checking all of your elements work correctly, click Insert to add the question to the document (or other embeddable area) you are working on.




Further Support

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