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Content as an API: The Future of Content Distribution

107 Content as an API: The Future of Content Distribution

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Tuesday, June 24

Content Management

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Mobile technologies and web platforms are advancing faster than training methodologies so keeping up with the trends is getting more and more difficult. There is a growing need to develop training initiatives for a technology landscape that is evolving at a remarkable pace without having to redevelop content for each device or platform.

In this session you will learn how to leverage (or repurpose) real-time-content API delivery systems in an eLearning environment. You will discover how this allows for single-sourced (cloud) content authoring, editing, and storage while being able to have mobile apps, websites, and applications access that content in real-time. You will explore how this eliminates the the need to redevelop content for each app or program that needs it as the landscape evolves. You will leave this session with an understanding of how to design a strategy that will allow for consumption of content from any device on a network.

In this session, you will learn:

  • A definition of “content API,” and where you have already used one
  • Why the future of eLearning technology will require API-accessible content
  • Five reasons you would use a content API over a traditional LMS or LCMS to manage content
  • How to chose an API for your content
  • About content API and tracking results


Intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers knowledgeable about existing technology-based learning-content management solutions in the industry, e.g., LMS, LCMS, CMS.

Technology discussed in this session:

Content APIs, social networking tools, tracking standards, mobile devices (phones, tablets, and consoles), computers (Windows, Mac, Linux), cloud storage, and cloud computing.

Robert Christie

Digital Learning Systems Specialist

Metrix Group

Rob Christie, a digital learning systems specialist for Metrix Group, has been developing content management and delivery platforms and systems for eLearning and mLearning for the last 13 years. Rob is an expert in technical problem solving and strategy in web design, web application programming, eLearning development, and eLearning systems design and development. His experience ranges from ground-up builds of enterprise eLearning management systems including process design, implementation, and deployment to prototyping bleeding-edge/experimental eLearning technology. He is a leader in the implementation of structured content for eLearning and intelligent-content schema design.

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