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The Three Letters That Could Transform Your Online Learning Business: API

Your academy doesn’t live in isolation

When you design your online academy, it should be able to connect it directly with your existing platforms, such as your ERP or CRM systems. Taking this one step further, you might want to integrate your academy with an external system that isn’t already in place or even automate a time-consuming administrative task. (Let’s face it, those are the worst!). And, you wouldn’t want to implement a custom integration for each project, right? Instead, you need data and functionality to be simply, repeatedly, scalably available to developers for new uses.

🔗 Introducing the new LearnWorlds API

For all that and a lot more (later on in the post, bear with me), LearnWorlds offers the most extended API in the eLearning industry! Fifty-four brand new calls and countless data waiting to be transmitted to your organization’s back-end tech stack! (And vice versa).

And because every integration matters, we also have fresh webhooks to integrate your academy with thousands of third-party applications and deliver data in real-time based on important events (course sales, course completions, user registration, etc.).

The Most Extended eLearning API Collection

Streamlining your organization’s operations by delivering value through connected, integrated experiences is not an option anymore but a business requirement. Thankfully, the new LearnWorlds Restful API is enriched with fifty-four brand new calls to expand your school functionalities.

You can leverage the power of our API to fit your business needs & connect your LearnWorlds school to your enterprise software via our fully documented public API.

With its sleek user interface and experience, LearnWorlds’ new API documentation lets you debug easily and view response information in a visually appealing environment for immediate grasp.

And it is organized into categories, as follows:

From there, you can test the various LearnWorlds’ API endpoints and take advantage of the handy features to automatically generate reusable source code snippets in various programming languages. So, you can first customize the API call to your needs and then generate the desired code snippet!

Supported languages include Swift, Ruby, R, Powershell, PHP, Kotlin, Java, C#, Objective-C, C, Python, Node, JavaScript, Shell, cURL, and many more.

What You Can Do With LearnWorlds API

Do the math, and you will realize that we open up a world full of functionalities that enable you to readily plug learning as an integral part of your enterprise tech stack!

If you’ll excuse the cliché, the possibilities are endless. Let’s take a step back to spot how you currently run your daily operations and what you could do instead with our brand-new API version:

📈 Get analytics & performance data per course or learning unit

What gets measured, gets improved, right? Get analytics & performance data per course or learning unit to inject your systems with insightful fuel and build a learning ecosystem that works. So, next time, you don’t have to run one hundred excel formulas in different files exported from one system or another. You can now fully integrate them!

🔁 Streamline innovation into your operations

Tech + process = business impact! What if your HR or L&D department could perform better & faster? Streamline innovation into your operations and say yes to impactful stuff. You can perform actions such as:

From course enrollment to course completion, we’ve got you covered!

🚀 Drive business performance

Integrating with the LearnWorlds API unlocks countless opportunities to go from being an order-taker to a performance-enabler as you can:

Why an API-first Strategy is Ideal For eLearning

Are you still wondering why inject API’s magic into your organization? If you have not yet been convinced that learning should be an integral part of your enterprise tech stack, then keep reading: we will explore the reasons for adopting an API-first approach together.

There are four main functions that APIs can perform:

Taking this a step further, we will describe one by one how those main functions streamline innovation in your organization. Here we go!

Streamline operations & end data silos

APIs are consistently created, shared, documented, and managed to make internal services reliably accessible and reusable. So, it goes without saying that many of the bespoke integration projects and duplication of work will become just a memory. API documentation portals give developers an easier way to access the assets they need to develop modern digital experiences and applications.

But it is not only about integrations! It’s also about activating data and injecting intelligence into your daily business processes. In this modern digital world, we know that you will not stick to just one software, to just one dashboard, or just one tool to check your employee’s performance or the success of your last training to your partners.

Modern digital business processes and experiences are largely composed of software from multiple companies. APIs connect data and functionality from one organization to another to create new ventures or efficiencies. Yes, I am telling you this will give an end to this data craziness!

Want a bonus? Have you ever thought about how you can reduce your department’s operational costs? I am sure you have! Using services native to your partner’s digital surface can further reduce innovation costs and risks.

Learner data and tracking

The true test of online learning effectiveness is learners performance. True, False, or something is missing from the sentence? Let’s make this more clear with an example: Your cool colleague Evan just completed his training course. He passed an eLearning module with 100%! Gold star? No… that’s not enough. You need to know more. You need to understand how his job performance benefited from what he learned.

APIs offer hundreds of data points about learner activities, making it easy to provide relevant and personalized learning to employees/learners. Thus, you can collect big data to improve your training strategy and workplace productivity. Employees can more easily justify their value by directly tying any course they complete to job performance. Supervisors can begin connecting training to real-world performance and answering questions about training that they could never answer before.

Automagically Develop Course Material

This is perhaps one of the biggest benefits of using APIs for eLearning. What is it about? Think of a way to develop your course materials or update them dynamically. APIs can help you quickly build course packages based on real-time data sets.
You can also program your LearnWorlds academy to periodically refresh your courses’ data source so that it may be updated automatically without your lovely human touch.

Maximize Your Training ROI

Get a clearer picture of training ROI than ever before… by tracking more than ever before. L&D departments are constantly fighting battles with upper management to preserve and protect their budgets — and too many of those are losing battles. With APIs, you have the opportunity to monitor every aspect of your online training. Its power lies in the diverse tracking and reporting capabilities. HR & L&D departments will finally have the hard facts and data they need to justify their budgets to higher-ups. The numbers will prove it instead of just assuming people had positive results from a learning initiative.

A Matter of Privacy

Protection rests with two things: authentication and authorization. The use of an API helps enforce security restrictions to prevent unauthorized access. LearnWorlds API uses the OAuth 2.0 framework alongside a comprehensive API security strategy. All the API calls are secured so only authorized systems can access the data of your application.

❤️ We love Webhooks too!

But, we don’t stop here! As every integration matters, we also have fresh & refreshed webhooks to integrate your school with thousands of 3rd party applications and deliver data in real-time about important school events (such as course sales, course completions, and more).

Want to know every time a course is completed and who completed it? Our Courses webhook can be set up to deliver these details automatically whenever that happens. Here is a collection with the available event-triggered actions:

🤗 One step back: What is an API?

Caught yourself asking Siri for the weather forecast in the morning? Searching for a store location found on a Contact Us page using Google Maps? Signing into Spotify using your Facebook credentials? APIs are everywhere you look – and you might not even realize it.

Think about API as a waiter at a restaurant, communicating orders between the diner (which might be an internet browser) and the kitchen (the back-end services the diner is trying to access). The API takes this order to the kitchen and brings the requested dish back on a neatly organized plate. This system is good for the diner (who doesn’t need to walk to the kitchen/load a new webpage), and it’s good for the restaurant (which doesn’t want customers looking at its secret recipes/proprietary code).

The easiest way to digest what an Application Programming Interface (APIs) does is to know that it is an interface that allows one application to communicate with another via commands designed by programmers. It’s an instruction booklet describing how you can talk to one system through another system.

And, there are two types of APIs:

Is LearnWorlds API RESTful?

YESSS! And do you know why? Because RESTful API is the go-to solution for eLearning business. Educational services need to be browser-agnostic, and REST’s advantage over other alternatives (like SOAP) is its format inclusivity.

The only thing to keep in mind is to perform requests via HTTP functions on API endpoints and read the responses. There are four different HTTP commands that REST is based on. These include:

GET – This request is used to get a resource from a server.
POST – This request is used to create a new resource on a server.
PUT – This request is used to update a resource on a server.
DELETE – This request is used to delete a resource from a server.

These methods provide meaning to the request you’re making. They are used to perform four possible actions: Create, Read, Update, and Delete (CRUD).

Finally, as we used the word “endpoint” some lines above, I owe you the last definition, so here it is:
When an API interacts with another system, the touchpoints of this communication are considered endpoints. For APIs, an endpoint can include a URL of a server or service. Each endpoint is where APIs can access the resources they need to carry out their function.

How to Get Started

If you have a LearnWorlds school with a Learning Center or higher plan, you can seamlessly connect your academy with any enterprise software with the most extended API in the eLearning industry.

What are your next steps?

💡 Keep a note

If you are already using our previous API version (v1), your existing integrated calls will not be affected at all!
But, we highly recommend getting ahead with our new, extended API version though, since it unlocks new functionalities for integrating learning across your organization. Therefore, we encourage you to discover and engage with the new API version as this will be the center of all future innovations.

Before the End

Are we living in an API-centric world?

The answer is YES! Our world becomes more and more interconnected: just imagine a scenario where hundreds of thousands of data points – from many different, divergent yet interconnected sources – are available for each individual learner in your organization. What does that mean in terms of performance and talent management?

An API-driven approach can have a profound impact on how we manage and deliver learning. If we can select three words, then it will be: innovative, agile, and user-centric. Why? Because those three words describe in the best way the three letters that can disrupt the learning tech space: API!

As Forbes puts it, “How a business wins or loses is increasingly dependent on how well they connect to external party apps, devices, and services.” This is why it is the right time for you to explore APIs and what they can mean for your enterprise, no matter your company’s size or industry.

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Jo Milonis
Product Marketing Manager at LearnWorlds | Website

Jo is a passionate Product Marketing Manager on a mission to revolutionize the eLearning industry, bringing to the forefront the most powerful Online Course Mobile App Builder created by LearnWorlds. She has extensive experience in the tech SaaS industry, focusing for over 5 year on driving growth through digital channels. Her studies are mainly focused on Integrated Digital Marketing Communications.