In earlier times, teachers used to teach in classrooms. With evolving technology, methods of learning and teaching have also evolved from human-dependent to machine-aided forms. eLearning or digital learning, or learning based on websites (in laymen’s terms), is a popular method of learning for the last two decades or so. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed its popularity to new heights. The reason behind the success of eLearning techniques are their interactive nature and anytime, anywhere capability, which is not possible in the traditional mode.
eLearning modules work on the basis of certain APIs. API is nothing but the short form for “Application Programming Interface.” The API is a tool used to pull data from a server to a client. In simple words, APIs enable a computer to pull data from a website. We can understand this by using the example of a waiter in a restaurant. The customer is a client computer. The restaurant kitchen is a server or website where the data are present. The waiter is the API, they bring the food from the kitchen (i.e., server) to the customer (i.e., client computer). You just get what you wanted, where you want it.
How Do These APIs Help In Digital Learning?
There are digital learning APIs that keep capturing data about a person’s learning activities. There are many sources for capturing data, such as courses, mobile apps, etc. Learning and Development (L&D) managers can access and analyze this data with the help of the APIs. Thus, APIs enable L&D managers to offer appropriate and tailored learning paths and courses to the learners. Another capability of the APIs used commonly in digital learning is its ability to curate content as per the learner’s needs. For example, showing relevant content or articles from different sources in the learning app/webpage.
- Creating math functions to generate random numbers, round numbers going up or down, etc.
- Working with dates and times
- Splitting text to count the number of words
- Searching and replacing text
- Checking the text for keywords
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