New content types, new WordPress plugin

otacke's picture

I just wanted to drop some news that I have put out elsewhere already during the last couple of days.

If you are wondering when the content type H5P Essay will be officially released: Could be every day now ;-) Have a peek at how it will look at

For those who want to store the detailed results of content types in WordPress (and by detailed results I mean xAPI statements), you might be interested in H5PxAPIkatchu that I released between the Holidays and New Year's Eve. Read more about it at or watch a very short video demo at

Last but not least, I have built a fully working prototype of a new content type that I named H5P Dictation. It's intended for listening comprehension exercises, and Simon Thompson already came up with the idea to use it for morse code training. Download the test version at or/and watch the demo video ath

thomasmars's picture

Love all of these! Great job :)

otacke's picture


Hi! I really like the dictation tool. As a language teacher I hope it'll go public soon (and our admin will add it to our Moodle). Should be very useful for listening and spelling exercises in language classes.

Herzlichen Dank und viele Grüße!


otacke's picture

Hi Annette!

I unfortunately cannot make any promises. It's a spare time project, and it will also have to be beta tested first. However, I also like it when a content type is published officially :-) Let's say: definitely in 2018, very very likely until the end of the 2nd quarter of 2018, maybe until the end of the 1st quarter of 2018 ;-)

I'm really looking forward to the dictation content type. :)

I have a small suggestion. Would it be possible to have the option to add a picture/image. It would be for younger students (elementary) really usefull to have both sound and visual help. Also it gives more ideas of how using it in more ways.

I made a small mock-up of how i see it.  :)


otacke's picture

Hi mitch!

I don't see any reason why Dictation should not be included in H5P.Column. Then you could combine a dictation exercise with an image or a video or other content types that might be useful. This approach would keep the dictation content type itself a little slimmer.

Hi Oracke,

The reason why i would prefer it the other way is that i think it would be better to present it as a one after one a listening exercise.

For example, i would use it to make spelling exercises. A student gets to hear the word, slug. He types it in and then he gets or click to get the next word or sentence.
With the column option younger students will easily scroll through the whole column and get distracted. It is what have expereienced in the classroom with similair programs.

I hope you understand a little bit of what i try to say. Pardon my English.

greetings, Mitchz (logged in on a friends account, mine acted strange)

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Hey Mitchz!

Your English is perfectly fine. Thanks for the clarification. I am sorry, I didn't get that you were not only thinking about putting an image above, but also about an integration into H5P Question Set (and judging from the image, possibly even some layout options).

I'll see what I can do -- it is also hard for me to find the right balance between feature variety and usability.

Hello Otacke,

What you just described is exactly what i mean. I understand that it takes time and that it takes place in youre free time. :)
Luckily there are still plenty of other content types for me to discover.

Loving the H5PxAPIkatchu plugin so far. :)

About the dictation content type. Will it be possible to have the option of autoplay the sound? Just like the example what one of the responders shows is what i need, but with autoplay of the audio. It would be useful for younger users.

otacke's picture

Hi Christian!

I am glad that you like the WordPress plugin. I have not implemented an autoplay option yet, but that would not be a big deal. Do you mind to elaborate a little more about why it would be useful? I'd rather assume that it would be a little surprising if the sound played right away, in particular since it is a listening excercise and you'd probably want to "prepare" yourself for listening.

For my younger students (age 7-8) i have found out that it is easier to have the audio start right away. I tested youre dictation with them. They all asked me what to click. They are used to have it auto played with other software from schoolpublishers. Also i looked at the image of ''mitchz'' something similair is what i have in mind with the option of autoplay. :)

I must say that my students already use the dication type alot. So i think it can become a very important one. :) I even think adding the option of a text to make a question above the blank fill would be great.

otacke's picture

Hi Christian!

Your practical experience beats my intuition. That's why feedback from the community is so valuable. Thanks a lot! I will include both, the autoplay option and an option for a text field.

otacke's picture

Hi Christian!

I just added the autoplay feature. You can now optionally define the number of seconds after that the first sample will start to play.

There are still some thing to do before Dictation will be ready for release, but nothing major.


Hello Oliver,

That's really great to hear! I'am looking forward to it. Small question will it be able to be used in question set?



otacke's picture

I don't think there's a reason why it should not.

H5P Dictation is really useful for listening and writing exercises . Great work !!!

I have saw the video and reallized the slow speed audio is not created from the normal speed audio . They are two audios files.

Is it possible implement that function ?

If it can do, maybe need change speed options: -10x to 10x.



otacke's picture

Hi kangland!

That's definitely an option for a later release, yes. I'll have to make sure that the sample is still intelligible since changing the speed also affects the pitch of the sample. You will encounter that phenomenon when changing the playback rate of an interactive video, too.

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I was just about to post this issue in the Forum page for H5PxAPIkatchu (13 letters! Forgive me if I type it wrong) on when I decided to first see whether anyone had already reported this issue. I am pleased to learn that the plugin writer in here in this forum.

The plugin is not perfect, but then which plugin is. Yet, it does perfectly what it is supposed to do - even with the Questionnaire. However, I noticed that there is an irritating bug. When the plugin is active, the "Screen Options" tab (it is visible on top-right section of the screen when a page or post is edited ; NOT the Screen Options tab at the same location on Dashboard) cannot be clicked. After a search on this topic at WordPress forums, I noticed that this is a frequent problem experienced with some WordPress plugins. I tested the plugin with WordPress 4.9.4, using the default theme and several other free themes, on three different websites (one live, two backup) and the result is always the same.

Best regards.


otacke's picture

Hi hakankur!

Thanks for reporting that. I can reproduce the issue, and it's very obvious since (on my system) even the background color changes. I wonder what causes this and which Wordpress update introduced this behavior -- as I can hardly believe I (and others) would have misses this behavior. I'll dig a little deeper.

otacke's picture

Hello again!

The problem is not the plugin itself, but the software "Datatables" that it uses to display the table with the xAPI data. Obviously, the stylesheets of WordPress and Datatables have a conflict. I'll see what I can do.

hakangur's picture

Thank you very much for such a swift response and all the effort. By the way, my user name is "hakangur", my real name being "Hakan Gür" :)

otacke's picture

Hi Hakan!

Aren't our nicknames also our names? At least some also call me otacke :-)

I updated some libraries within Datatables and made some small adjustments to its stylesheet. Seems to be working now. I updates the plugin on



Hi there,

I was wondering what the status is of the dictation content type? It's holliday season now and i would love to create new content with this content type. :D


Chrisitan L.

otacke's picture

Hi Christian!

Until now, nobody has found the time for a code review -- which I can't do myself, of course :-) However, it was put into one of the upcoming sprints, so it should be done soon. You can follow the progress in the related ticket.



Love the new dication tool. Could I make a request for 2 additional options?

1 alternative responses eg There are 7 words in this sentence / there are seven words in this sentence

2 ignore captalisation 

I hope this is possible!

Thanks again for developing an excellent learning tool

otacke's picture

Hi nyree!

1) is already implemented and will be part of the next update.

2) Could you please check and discuss the suggestion there? Maybe you have the same thing in mind, maybe something different.