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Learning Technology Innovation - Different Architectures


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Presentation as part of the u!magine Supporting Learning Technology Innovation workshop. The presentation was aimed at providing some hints of how we can extend the current LMS, but also exploring the use of APIs. The use of APIs can be simply explained through services like IFTTT that empower users to connect services in combinations that suit them.

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Learning Technology Innovation - Different Architectures

  1. 1. Different Architectures Re-Thinking How
  2. 2. Technologies are not neutral. How they are built affects the way they are seen & used
  3. 3. Extending the LMS
  4. 4. Blackboard Building Blocks » Mini-application that runs within BlackboardLearn » Looks like the rest of Blackboard » Bridge to an external system » Pull in content, call web services, integrate applicaitons
  5. 5. Limitations » Building Blocks are specific to Blackboard » They are written in Java » Require administrator access to install & setup
  6. 6. How about LTI? Learning Tool Interoperability
  7. 7. The LTI standard allows for third-party tool providers to easily plug their applications into any learning management systems.
  8. 8. Learning Tool Interoperability » An open standard » Integrates external content » Providing user data for external systems » Is two-way
  9. 9. The rise of the API
  10. 10. Application Programming Interface
  11. 11. Ƙ ơ Ʒ 
  12. 12. Using APIs – IFTTT
  14. 14. IFTHISTHENTHAT trigger action
  15. 15. IF THEN
  16. 16. IF THEN
  17. 17. IF THEN
  18. 18. IF THEN
  19. 19. Professor Vann said technology was often held up as the solution to workload stress, but the reality had been the opposite. “We’ve added service rather than reduced cost,” he said. - The Australian, Traditional teachers taking on greater workload, May 13, 2015
  20. 20. What’s the potential for this in higher education?