Teaching & Learning


Creating interactive video training guides in Moodle: Neil Roberts, Hannah Cooper and Carolina Leal

Neil Roberts describes how he and colleagues in the Ear Institute created a series of interactive demonstration videos that help students understand clinical procedures.

Image of a H5P multiple choice question activity in Moodle

16 January 2020

Students on the Audiological Science with Clinical Practice MSc need to show competency in practical, clinical areas based on the British Society of Audiology’s (BSA) requirements for clinical practice.

A teaching team in UCL Ear Institute produced a series of ‘best practice’ video demonstrations on areas of clinical practice, so students could revisit best practice demonstrations whenever they wanted.

Using a Moodle tool called H5P, they included interactive elements – quizzes, pop-ups, true/false statements etc. – in the videos for a deeper learning experience.

Here, they explain how and why they went about it:

Who we are

  • Neil Roberts, Learning Technologist & Communications Officer, The Ear Institute.
  • Hannah Cooper, Lecturer in Audiology, Clinical Scientist and acting co-Head of Education, The Ear Institute.
  • Caroline Leal, Senior Teaching Fellow, The Ear Institute.

What we did

We created a series of video demonstrations of how to perform various clinical audiology techniques, for example, how to use clinical equipment to perform hearing-related tests in patient treatment.

We used the interactive features of the H5P Moodle activity to include pop up quizzes, summaries, notifications, true/false statements and images with hotspots in the videos. Some quizzes were optional, others you had to complete to continue watching the video. H5P Interactive Activities can be made within Moodle by anyone who is enrolled as a Course Administrator, Leader or Tutor on a course.

Rosemary Monk, Senior Teaching Fellow in Audiology has used videos as preparation for undergraduate Clinical Skills Practical sessions:

Students watch the videos and use them to complete a learning activity, such as writing out a patient instruction script, before attending the practical sessions. They then build on this learning in the practical sessions, by peer reviewing each other’s scripts in class before carrying out the procedure themselves.

Our videos show two demonstration types: Taking an Ear Impression and Taking Probe Microphone Measurements.  Rather than having one long video, we broke each one down into bite-size sections – one for each part of the procedure. Each of the videos had 7-10 interactive activities within them and they range from 50 seconds to six minutes in length.

Rosemary explains: 

The interactive elements of the videos are highly valuable as they reinforce the students’ knowledge about the key stages of the procedure, and provide an essential part of the scaffold necessary for supporting learning as students move between understanding the theory and performing a clinical procedure on real people. 

How we created the videos

Knowing what the H5P activity had to offer shaped how we created the videos from the the outset. Because we could add interactions, we didn’t need to rely on voiceover to explain everything – we could present this information in a more engaging way. For example, where previously we would have run through a list of required equipment in the video, we instead created an image with clickable hotspots. Students could then click on an item to learn all about it.

The tool wasn’t too difficult to learn and, being based in Moodle, we could develop the videos from anywhere. We set to work!

The hardest part was agreeing on a date when we were all available for filming! We settled on recording each set of videos over two afternoons in late summer. It took just 30 minutes to set up lighting, microphones and two cameras. We used Lecturecast Personal Capture to store the recordings. A few follow-up photographs were needed for the image hotspots activity.

Image of a H5P Hotspot activity where students see equipment explanations by clicking on an image of the item.

I edited the videos over several days in the first term – it took approximately two days in total.  After feedback, I edited some more and created subtitles to make it more accessible.  To speed up the process, I used auto-generated subtitles from YouTube and just edited any errors. It took approximately 40 minutes for every six minutes of film.

I sat with Hannah to showcase the type of activities available and how best to use them. Hannah then took around 20 minutes per activity to select and add the interactions that best suited the content.

We uploaded and tested the final videos H5P in October.  We released the videos to students in the week before their practical sessions, so they had time to view the demos before they attempted it themselves.

Impact of the videos

Students have so far reported that they find the videos very useful. It was heartening to see from the statistics that the majority of students had viewed the material. Not just that, but those who viewed them, watched all of the videos within the set. Many videos were viewed more than once so students were coming back to them again. Hannah has reported:

The videos have meant that students are prepared before they attend practical sessions and so I do not need to do live demonstrations in class. This means that the students are able to spend all their allocated lab time practicing the skills themselves.

Staff are also more confident with using new learning technologies. Hannah reported that the more she used the H5P tool, the more creatively she used the interactions and improved the resources for students.

Our future plans

We plan to get more targeted feedback from students on what they found worked well and where any improvements could be made. The videos that had the most repeated views may be the scenarios that students have the most difficulty with, but we want to better understand this.

We have three more sets of videos in the pipeline to be released in the new term  – all using the H5P tool’s features. They are a fantastic teaching and learning resource. 

Neil’s Top tips for creating interactive videos in Moodle

  1. Try to find examples of other videos on the same subject and decide what you want to do better/differently. 

  2. Planning is essential. Have a list of equipment you will need and a script and running order for filming.
  3. Plan or script the videos with the H5P interactions already in mind as this may alter the way you shoot your video.
  4. Ensure whoever is filming is already familiar with the surroundings by performing a site visit in advance. 
  5. Keep your final videos reasonably short to encourage repeat watching. Aim for approximately two-three minutes per video tutorial. If it absolutely has to be longer, don't go over six minutes to avoid losing your viewers' attention. 

Try it out

If you want to know more about using H5P to create interactive learning resources, you can: