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H5P supports these learning types (see definitions):


H5P makes it easy to create interactive learning exercises (content types), enriching the Canvas experience. HTML skills are not required.

Staff can develop slideshows, branching scenarios, flashcards, in-class polls, etc. Some content types can be used for formative or summative assessment.

Who can use H5P?

The University has purchased a full license for staff to develop content and students can view and interact with H5P content when you publish it. See publishing settings on the H5P documentation.

H5P for assessment?

If you embed H5P interactive content into a Canvas Assignment (e.g., an H5P multi-choice quiz) the scores can be linked to Canvas’ Gradebook. However, we recommend that H5P content is not used for mid- or high stakes assessments like tests or exams.

Access H5P through Canvas

H5P can be accessed via Canvas using the Rich Text editor.* Through Canvas you can create H5P interactive content and publish it to your course.

Logging in through Canvas

* Accessing H5P through Canvas will log you in automatically.

Or log in directly to H5P

This method provides more screen ‘real estate’ when editing content, while still allowing you to embed content into Canvas later.

Logging in directly does not take advantage of the University’s Single Sign On, therefore, create an account using your University staff email address as your username,* then nominate a password. We suggest using a different password from your University one.

Log in directly to H5P

* Using your staff email address ( with your H5P account ensures that the content is also available through Canvas’ Rich Text editor.

How-to guides

From the University of Auckland

(University hub)

H5P learning resources (self-paced guides are available in Career Tools)

Tutorials for authors

WarningCaution, not all content types are accessible
(we recommend avoiding those that aren’t)

Content type recommendations


Share content with University staff

When editing H5P content, scroll to the bottom of the edit window to the settings tabs.

Sharing with a co-author is achieved through the Collaborators setting—just start typing someone’s name and you can find them in the list. This method means colleagues can edit the original content.

H5P settings, collaborators tab

Sharing with the organisation is achieved by moving the content from your own personal folder, into one of the organisation’s folders. This method allows others to either reuse your content in their Canvas course, or make a copy and adapt it to their needs.

H5P settings, share with organisation tab

H5P settings, share with organisation tab

Copy H5P content

Copying can be done wherever you see the word ‘Reuse’ in the H5P footer. Either download the whole thing to your computer, then upload it into your account, or copy certain elements and paste them into other elements where the content type is supported.

See: Importing and exporting H5P content

Share with the H5P community

H5P OER Hub (Open Educational Resources) is a repository of H5P content from educators across the world. Here you can search for H5P content to suit your context and import it into your own account. The repository is soon to be launched and H5P is welcoming early submissions.

Learn about H5P Open Educational Resources Hub

To note: Submitting content to OER is achieved from your list of H5P resources. These can be viewed from, or from within Canvas’ rich text editor (click the H5P icon).

Canvas' text editor with H5P icon

H5P content settings, share on OER hub tab

Embed H5P content into Canvas

H5P makes it easy to embed interactive learning exercises (content types), into Canvas; HTML skills are not required. Teachers can access . H5P content can be added to a Canvas page from the external tool. Here is a screenshot of the button in the Rich Content Editor.

Click the Apps button for a drop-down list of available tools. Then choose the H5P option.


Canvas' rich text editor showing the Apps button


It’s important to ensure the H5P content can be viewed by students and staff in a Canvas course in which you copied course content from a past course. Here are some tips to look out for.


  1. Share your H5P content with other teachers in the same course.
    If you are the author of H5P content, you can share it by adding it to an organisation folder.
    In H5P, edit the content, scroll to the bottom and select the Share with organisation tab. Choose your faculty’s folder. See H5P’s documentation on sharing content.


H5P share with organisation tab


  1. Publish the content as Protected.
    If H5P is added to Canvas pages, publish the content as Protected. This will make sure that only your students can view the content, and it will enable any marks to pass back to Canvas if the H5P content needs to be tracked or graded.


H5P publish tab. Protected option is selected


  1. Link the H5P content again.
    If you still see error messages for the H5P content after importing a past year’s Canvas course, or if students cannot view the imported H5P content, you can re-link the H5P content to your Canvas pages via the Rich Text Editor.


Canvas' rich text editor showing the Apps button

Recordings from past events

In 2021, the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences ran several H5P workshops. The recordings are available on the FHMS Teaching and Learning Community website.


Check out our learning technology support page to find out what options are available for H5P.

Page updated 15/02/2024 (added link to managing content)

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