George Siemens (@gsiemens) invited me out to for the planning session, which included folks edX, Tableau, Google and of course UT Arlington. I gave a one hour talk on APIs, a talk I had originally prepared to be about APIs in higher education, but after listening to the discussion for a couple hours, I crafted an entirely new talk.
The planning session was called "DesignJam for edX MOOC on Data, Analytics, and Learning”--which was all about developing an online course around data and analytics, where pulling information via APIs would play a central role.
Originally I was focused on evolving the edX platform using APIs, something I will be exploring more after talking with the folks from edX. However, in the end, I focused on how we could teach hundreds, or potentially thousands of students, about using APIs as part of a wider data and analytics class.
The session at UT Arlington ended up being a great experience, thinking about the potential of APIs for edX, what a class about data and analytics using APIs would look like, and a full day of hanging with some really interesting academics, while getting an opportuity to observe the process around planning in this fast growing world of online courses.