H5P and course menus in Moodle / Totara

We wanted to create a menu – initially left-hand side of main H5P but could be right-hand side if wanted.

I searched to see if others have embedded H5P content into other Moodle resources such as books / pages / labels but I didn’t want to go down the embed route as the overall goal was to create a better flow between different H5P activities rather than tweak an existing Moodle format if possible.

So I used 5 steps to make a menu block which would have a similar look and feel to Moodle book and use similar navigation.

1. Go to course and press Turn Editing On button / link.

2. Add an HTML block from the Add a block dropdown menu

addblock moodle menu screenshot

3.Press Configure HTML block (the little grey cog) and add hyperlinks to the relevant activities. Make sure the HTML block is set to appear on all course pages so when a learner is in an H5P activity it still appears. It can also be set to appear at the top of the screen:


4. Add in the H5P activities.


5. Open the HTML block again (I left mine open in an existing tab so I didn’t have to keep re-opening) and paste in the H5P activity hyperlinks, ensuring they are set to open in new window


Keep adding any other H5P activities until it is finished. This is how an example looks to a learner in our learning hub, they can still navigate using the menu without having to leave this page / activity.







Oxford and political reading

I did a quick wander around some of Oxford new and second hand bookshops yesterday whilst there. 

In the politics / global / international relations sections, there are some textbooks and various views on Russia and Vladimir Putin – including people who say they are his number one enemy or something similar.

I couldn’t find any alternative perspectives on Russia which may have been in the more general books or maybe not. So anyone’s first impression just by looking at the shelves – even in 2017 – will be a classic bad Russia, oligarchs and Marxist-Lenin thought. And that’s it. That is what is attracting people’s attention.

A couple came in,  one of whom studying art history and politics and they looked at the shelves and said – well of course these are popular political books. They were looking for something very specific and prepared to go further.

There were also entire shelves of books which were anti EU. 

The bookshops are a reflection of media and social media today. Do Oxford political students actually dig deeper (I know some Oxford lecturers think critically) or is it just rather convenient to display these ‘feathers’ to the outside world?

Is that what they want to impress on visitors because of Oxford’s reputation and just be a continual echo chamber?

Multiple choice questions and online learning in a hospital

I revisited this earlier this year in a couple of work projects. The staff I work with have science and/or medical degrees and in some cases PhDs too. We do use some as part of an assessment whilst being aware of limitations and also distracting cognitive issues around the question design which affect outcome. I don’t have a definitive opinion on whether MCQs should disappear for good now in 2017 or not. We’re having several discussions about practical applications of some quite specific learning where recall may help or not. What we are trying to do is document what we have done and work out whether we can review it to inform any further course development.

Cathy Moore’s post has great examples of these common issues: and there’s a nice summary in BMJ about why these are issues.

Perspectives /  research from

Safeguarding resources

I’ve added some links to a range of free resources – mostly videos – about safeguarding and being safe online


Job update

I am leaving The Royal Marsden at the end of February and will be joining Roehampton University as an elearning Adviser.

I will continue to volunteer with People’s University and also colleagues at the Royal Marsden who are keen to develop and license their knowledge using elearning projects and Creative Commons licensing (also downloadable copies via the NHS elearning repository). The first one is likely to be about cancer pain. 

Political Twitter activity will reduce by end of February, have removed from FB already and will continue to explore open source alternatives and online communities wisdom. 

Peace in a troubled world

This is partly where I was trying to get to in previous post only this is more eloquent and comprehensive.

I read Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography recently and meeting soon with PeopleUni co-founder who whilst attempting to semi-retire is on a quest for some kind of enlightenment whilst spending most of the year in India. 


Knuckles update

Managing about 10 pressups minimum now daily – not completely down to normal pressups but getting there.

A colleague at work has started too – he did martial arts years ago so is really good with the hand grippers. Trying to do batches of 10 throughout day.

Another colleague who used to do kung fu and has that presence & total sense of peace that long time kung fu practitioners have – used to do knuckles and apparently 10 x fingertips too.

Rice all good. Yoga going ok. No longer seeing physio now unless sometjing changes – have some more suggestions which are apparently classic start of ashtanga – most of these https://www.ashtangayoga.info/fileadmin/01_Praxis/04_Download/CheatSheet/SuryaNamaskar-EN.pdf