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What is Application Programming Interface

Handbook of Research on Learning Outcomes and Opportunities in the Digital Age
(API): Is basically a computer program that allows the ‘communication’ between two other computer programs. APIs have become particularly important online as they allow websites to share information amongst each other, for instance allowing a person to share her/his Instagram pictures on Facebook at the same time, in which case an API serves as the interface between the two services. Not to confuse with “academic performance index,” another term also used in the context of education.
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Disruptive Technologies and Education: Is There Any Disruption After All?
Kin Wai Michael Siu (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China & Wuhan Institute of Technology, China) and Giovanni Jesue Contreras García (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9577-1.ch028
With the rapid development of information and communication technologies at the beginning of the 21st century terms like ‘Cloud Learning,' ‘Mobile Learning,' ‘e-Learning,' and ‘MOOCS' have been added to the long list of ‘disruptive' technologies expected to revolutionize education forever. But while it is easy to see how ICT's have put unimaginable amounts of information at the fingertips of students, can we say that this is truly revolutionizing education? Are higher education institutions adjusting their pedagogic practices to make full use of these technologies? In fact, are they using them at all? In this chapter we take a closer look at the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in higher education and report findings from a study asking how these technologies are being used in academic activities. We set up the framework for the discussion by reviewing some of the most important historical developments in educational technology to then move on to present the study's results. The chapter closes by contrasting these results with past predictions about the disruptive potential of ICTs and finally reflecting on the steps that will have to be taken in order to make the most out of these technologies.
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