Transforming a Live Criminology Instruction Session into an H5P Series

Poster Description: In this poster, I will share a few strategies I’ve used for managing the “behind the scenes” work of transforming a live criminology instruction session into a short, accessible, and interactive asynchronous video series.

Poster: Link to PDF of additional resources, including video transcript.

Presenter Name: Jylisa Doney, University of Idaho

Presenter Bio: Jylisa Doney is the Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Idaho. In this role, she liaises with the social science departments on campus and provides synchronous and asynchronous instruction via a variety of platforms. Email:

6 replies on “Transforming a Live Criminology Instruction Session into an H5P Series”

I REALLY appreciate how you quickly and succinctly shared your process for writing scripts and improving accessibility / updating captions for your videos in YouTube and H5P! I also really love the “Good, now I know…” reframing of tech…,… pivots we all have to make. 🙂 It’s a really helpful shift in perspective.
I’m curious, have you had an opportunity to gather feedback from students or instructors who are using your new videos?

Hi Julie! Thank you for watching my presentation and for your comments! I didn’t have time to include it in my recording, but each of the 8 H5P videos includes a hyperlinked quiz, asking students to practice what they’ve learned. The final quiz also asked students to share their feedback on the video series.

Unfortunately, only 3 students have completed this final quiz (with only 6 completing the other quizzes), but they did state that they found the video series helpful for their course assignments and assignments in other classes too. They also stated that the information about Zotero and how to search for their topics were the most important things they learned.

I will likely send out another copy of this feedback quiz to the professor near the end of the semester and ask them to share it with their students. My Library also has a standard feedback form for faculty, so I’ll share that too: . Hopefully the students and faculty found the series useful, but if not, well “good, now I know…” and I can start making changes. 🙂

I really enjoyed watching this and definitely picked up a few pointers for scripting out videos and thinking about using H5P for more library content. A question I have for you is around the “sustainability” of videos that show interfaces that changes frequently. I have been changing mine to screenshoted narrated PPTs instead of full-on videos.

Hi Torrie! Thank you for watching my presentation and for your comments! Your idea to change to narrated PowerPoint presentations with screenshots seems like a great option, and one that you could still apply H5P content to!

Sustainability when creating these and other videos has definitely been on my mind. In looking at my options, I’ve opted for less sustainability in the video/live demonstration realm in the hope that the three scripts I’ve created would be relatively sustainable and only require minor updates when catalog/database interfaces change. Re-recording the videos/live demonstrations as well as any changes to dialogue would require a time investment, but for most of my content, I wanted students to see a live demonstration rather than screenshots. But I could see screenshots working especially well for my video that is focused on the library catalog, which seems to constantly have small updates! 🙂

Great and very informative presentation! It looks like a time-consuming project. When you started – have you been familiar/proficient in all the technologies?

Hi Maria,

Thank you for watching my presentation and for your comments! When I started the process of shifting an in-person session to an asynchronous session, I was familiar with Zoom and had worked a bit in Camtasia years ago, but I hadn’t used H5P before designing my spring 2022 session. Throughout this process, I’ve spent a lot of time reviewing online tutorials/FAQ pages and had many instances of trial and error. I was definitely not proficient from the get-go. It’s been challenging not being able to jump right in and create a session that is ready to go and meets my goals on the first try, but I try to remember that in-person sessions are never ‘perfect’ either. 🙂

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