H5P and the Excelsior OWL
When we relaunched the Excelsior OWL in September of 2016, we had some choices to make: how to make it easy to make and use, how to update content for modern browsers, how to make it sustainable moving forward.
We chose to build the OWL using a self-hosted installation of WordPress because it is free, open source, and as easy as silly putty to use. WordPress is customizable, responsive, SEO friendly, secure, extensible – important things for geeky web developer-types. WordPress was the winner for other reasons, too. As a platform, our IT department already supported it, so getting institutional buy-in and support wasn’t a problem. And it was one of three platforms that had an H5P plugin.
We knew H5P was the right choice for us to use when replacing all of the assets and learning objects that had been built in Flash for the earlier version of the OWL. If you haven’t heard, Flash is going, going, gone. Having an HTML5 editor within WordPress gave our content creators a convenient way to develop engaging interactions quickly and within the system we were using to build the OWL. Sweet!