Infusing a Medical Terminology Open Textbook with H5P Interactivity

Visiting the “kitchen” for the September Cooking with H5P and Pressbooks webinar are Ontario educators Kim Carter and Marie Rutherford who just published in Pressbooks “Building a Medical Terminology Foundation” (

Remixed from an OpenStax textbook, this new version includes almost 150 H5P activities integrated into the content aimed at enhancing the practice with the understanding and application of medical terminology. The very first chapter opens with a Drag the Words activity as a check of understanding of the meaning of word parts.

This project included crowdsourcing content from other colleagues and contributions and student reviews. Kim and Marie will share the thinking behind the design of their H5P practice activities, their reason for choosing which types of content types to use, and what they learned in the process.

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Kim Carter holds a B.Ed. in Adult Education from Brock University, M.A. in Leadership from the Lang School of Business & Economics, University of Guelph, and Empowered Educator credential from eCampus Ontario. Kim is a Professor in the Business School at Conestoga College ITAL in Kitchener, Ontario.

Prior to teaching, she worked in a variety of front-line health office administration roles in hospitals. Influenced by education leaders like bell hooks and Stephen Brookfield caring for students through their education journey is at the core of her practice. While new to OPEN education, it has become a passion to pursue and led to the collaboration project and recent publishing of Building a Medical Terminology Foundation OER.

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Marie Rutherford started her career journey in nursing and healthcare management. After several years involved in training and development, she decided to turn her focus to teaching and found a part time faculty opportunity teaching Anatomy. From this capacity Marie moved into a role as vice principal and then principal. In 1999, the opportunity to teach at Georgian College as faculty in the Office Administration-Health Services program arose and Marie found a place she loves to call home.  In 2003, Marie decided to continue her education on a part-time basis focusing on additional degree studies. She is also the current author of two Canadian textbooks.

In 2018, Marie was fortunate to have a year of professional development leave where she studied Learning Design at the University of Toronto. There, the concept around open learning was explored and her quest toward OER development began. She holds an Empowered Educator credential from eCampus Ontario. The learning experience was a total game changer. In completing the credential, she met co-presenter and co-author Kimberlee Carter who provided the incubation environment for the open learning seed to grow into a full flowering plant.