NDLA brings you: Vocabulary Drill

The D2L takeover announcement has stirred up a lot of dust. I think it’s starting to settle slowly. But maybe you still need some more perspective for the future. There’s not just H5P Group creating content types. If you know this site that you’re looking at right now, that’s not a surprise. You will know that there are not only the around 60 H5P content types that you find at https://h5p.org/content-types-and-applications, but over 15 content types that I have created and which have not found their way onto the H5P Hub yet. I revealed the latest addition, 3D Model, recently. But that’s still not all!

NDLA has been sponsoring a couple of content types that have been created by others (not by them, not by myself), and I’d like to introduce them to you as well. NDLA will set up their own page, but why shouldn’t you know about the content types now? Let’s begin with Vocabulary Drill.

That content type builds upon the regular versions of DragTheWords and Fill in the Blanks. It’s meant for drills however, merely cramming vocabularies for exams not for completing sentences.

In order to make creating those drills with potentially many vocabularies simple, it uses a textual editor only instead of using a form with fields for each vocabulary. The clue: You can use it to import existing sets in CSV format or let a generative machine learning service create new sets for you.

Having the vocabularies set, you can then create QuestionSet-like sets of questions, but can allow the user to switch from Fill-in-the-Blanks to Drag-The-Words (to make it a little easier) or back. You can also allow the user to swap the language, so instead of translating from e.g. English to Norwegian, he/she will have to translate from Norwegian to English. There are some other options that you may want to explore for yourself.

Want to use it already?

The H5P core team have been asked to review the content type, and when they find time , they should release it on the H5P Hub.

If you want to use the content type right away, look for the Reuse button underneath the content. Use that button to download the demo content, and then upload the .h5p file onto your H5P enabled platform. Please note that you will need to have permission to install H5P libraries. Otherwise, you cannot install the content type this way. In that case, your system admin will need to assist you.

The source code is available as well, if you want to check it before installing or if you want to build the libraries yourself:

Is it available in my language?

In theory: yes! If it’s missing, you can fill in the gaps yourself on translate-h5p.tk.

Any future plans for that content type?

You will have to ask NDLA 🙂 It is their content type.