Introducing the Articulate Online API

Jan92009
Written by Gabe Anderson Director, Customer Advocacy — Posted in Articulate Online

Articulate Online Some observant customers have noticed that with the December 22, 2008 update of Articulate Online, we added some key functionality to the product:

  • Added Articulate Online API functionality

What’s an API and what can it do for me?

In its simplest terms, an API, or Application Programming Interface, is technology that allows one application to communicate with another. Leveraging an API can simplify your business methods, automate data transfer, and more.

For example, do you sell the Articulate-powered training or quiz content you create? Do you use Articulate Online to deliver your training to your clients, but you’re tired of manually creating new users who purchase training via your e-commerce site?

If this scenario sounds familiar, then the new Articulate Online API is for you.

Likewise, maybe your organization uses Articulate Online to manage internal employee training in the enterprise, and you’re looking for a way to automate the communications between your Articulate Online account and your ERP.

For all you programmers, here’s a more technical description from the Articulate Online API documentation:

The Articulate Online API can be used to integrate your own web applications with Articulate Online. The Articulate Online API is a SOAP/XML web service based API that can be called from .NET, PHP, Java, or your platform of choice.

And you can review sample code for automating login here.

What are common uses for the Articulate Online API?

Although the sky’s the limit in terms of your creativity in leveraging the API, here are some common uses for the Articulate Online API:

  • Integration of user data with 3rd-party applications such as front-end e-commerce systems
  • Enhanced automation of user and group creation and management
  • Ability to automate content permissions
  • Passing login information to the application (for automated login)

As Dave notes in this forum post, one of our customers has already successfully integrated an e-commerce site with Articulate Online using the API.

How can I get the Articulate Online API?

The Articulate Online API is available now. There is an additional fee to activate API support in your account, and you can contact your sales representative to learn more.

36 responses to “Introducing the Articulate Online API”

1

Hi, great news. Will Articulate be providing any “off the shelf” API solutions or do we need to go to third-party providers for these to code?

Andrew Keogh // Posted at 4:07 am on January 12th, 2009
2

Hi Andrew- Yes, you’d need to work with your own developers or third-party providers to leverage the API. Trigent is a company that’s already worked with one of our customers to integrate e-commerce with Articulate Online.

gabe // Posted at 1:13 pm on January 12th, 2009
3

We have client interested in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese online learning.

How is the Articulate Studio and Online system handling the international language issue.

Please advise.

Alex Hu // Posted at 12:55 pm on April 21st, 2009
4

Hi Alex- Our products support all languages. Studio ’09 even includes 11 language packs to customize your player templates. You can learn more here.

gabe // Posted at 1:28 pm on April 21st, 2009
5

[...] been a few months since we first announced the Articulate Online API, and we’ve already begun to see some examples of what’s possible with the [...]

6

I love the idea of a self registration. Here is one thing that I don’t see, and I am curious about the possibilities. Can the self registration process also allow the user to select the group in which they belong?

Eric // Posted at 8:50 am on May 14th, 2009
7

Hi Eric – yeah, that is certainly possible with the API. On my blog (www.mozealous.com) I give an example of how to do self registration. It wouldn’t be super difficult to add the ability to chose a group as well.

Dave Mozealous // Posted at 10:47 am on May 14th, 2009
8

Is there a way to do single sign on?

Beverley Taylor // Posted at 2:29 pm on June 17th, 2009
9

Hi Beverley- Take a look at item #2 on this page about creating a self-registration page. Is that what you’re looking for?

gabe // Posted at 4:55 pm on June 17th, 2009
10

It’s somewhere in these solutions I’m sure!

Beverley Taylor // Posted at 7:26 am on June 18th, 2009
11

Is there a way to change the Articulate Online user interface to different languages? I have learners in several different countries and would like to make their learning experience as easy as possible.

Rachel // Posted at 1:49 pm on August 24th, 2009
12

Hi Rachel- that’s currently not possible, but depending on your requirements, you could essentially create your own website — in whatever languages you needed — to launch the content via your Articulate Online account.

gabe // Posted at 2:11 pm on August 24th, 2009
13

Well, with the API it would be possible to re-create most of the Articulate Online UI to support different languages, but not explicitly change the text strings or anything like that.

The only part you couldn’t recreate of the UI in the API is the reporting section.

That being said, we are looking into the possibility of making the Articulate Online user interface support localization in a future update to Articulate Online.

Dave Mozealous // Posted at 2:13 pm on August 24th, 2009
14

The AO is a step in the right direction.

However: It would be even better if I could implement the backend-API myself, so that I would not have to have my data on Articulate’s site, and pay fees for using the API.

The API url should be a pr project configurable variable.
The different API calls could also be configurable.
The XML used to read/write data should be an open specification.

James Dust // Posted at 2:48 am on January 26th, 2010
15

Thanks for the feedback, James. I’d encourage you to share all feedback via our feature request form.

The API is included free of charge with all Premium level Articulate Online plans and higher. For other plans, there is a one-time activation fee (the price depends on whether you subscribe monthly or annually).

gabe // Posted at 10:27 am on January 26th, 2010
16

I’d like to know if I can use the API to import data into our Saba LMS system. What is the best way to create that data feed? Does Articulate-Online offer consulting/design service to help set this up?

Gabriel Graham // Posted at 1:10 pm on March 24th, 2010
17

Hi Gabriel- what data are you looking to import into Saba?

We do not offer consulting services, but here’s a blog entry on a customer who does.

gabe // Posted at 3:39 pm on March 24th, 2010
18

I would need to import or feed the following fields to my Saba LMS:
- Saba/Student Username
- Course ID
- Course version
- Course completion date
- Course score

If Articulate-Online allows you to create the student username, then we could use the same name to match the data. I could also use the same Course ID if Articulate allowed for an ID field in addition to the Course Name.

Can you create any custom fields for this purpose in Articulate-Online? I’d like to use Articulate-Online, but we need to keep all employee training records housed within our validated LMS to comply with FDA regulations.

Gabriel Graham // Posted at 7:07 pm on March 25th, 2010
19

A really useful step to integrate an e-learning platform with our e-comerce site.

Paul Naybour // Posted at 10:27 am on July 15th, 2010
20

Is it possible to access Student data from my LMS, such as Student Name, email address, course ID, course name, score, etc.? I need to build a Flash component that uses this information.

Bob Wilcox // Posted at 3:55 pm on August 20th, 2010
21

Hi Bob,

Currently the Articulate Online API doesn’t allow you to access any of the reporting data (score/status). The API can however be very useful in user management (automating adding/removing users, deleting courses, etc).

-Dave

Dave Mozealous // Posted at 4:36 pm on August 20th, 2010
22

How about Sharepoint integration? Could user results and reports be exported from Articulate Online to Sharepoint via the API?

Andre Malan // Posted at 6:45 am on September 18th, 2010
23

Hi Andre- As Dave noted above, the Articulate Online API does not currently give you access to any reporting data, so you would not be able to extract that to SharePoint. You can do a number of other things with the API, though

gabe // Posted at 3:02 pm on September 20th, 2010
24

Hi,

Is there any storage or bandwidth limitation in the Articulate Online account? A lot of the content in our customers courses is video. Will it work?

Devendra // Posted at 7:36 am on December 29th, 2010
25

Hi Devendra- you’re limited to hosting the number of content items that your plan allows (compare plans – we also offer separate content packs if you need to host and deliver additional content items). There’s a 500 MB limit per content item that you upload, which is really big, even if you have a lot of video.

As long as your bandwidth usage is reasonable, you shouldn’t run into any issues, though we do have the following text in the Articulate Online Terms of Service:

“If your bandwidth usage significantly exceeds the average bandwidth usage (as determined solely by Articulate) of other Articulate Online customers, we reserve the right to immediately disable your account or throttle your account until you can reduce your bandwidth consumption.”

Most customers will never have to worry about this, though – even with a lot of video. That statement is primarily there to prevent abuse of the service.

gabe // Posted at 11:17 am on December 29th, 2010
26

[...] just over a year ago, the Articulate Online API is a great way to extend the capabilities of your elearning delivery and tracking solution. The API [...]

27

I have two questions.

I have a community site where people login to access the community. I want to present logged in people with access to specific learning modules and then give them badges upon completing specific learning modules.

1) If my user is logged into my application can I just provide them with a link that will take them directly into a learning module without requiring them to login to AO? If I can using the API, can I also pass a unique identifier to AO so I can track results (see next question)?

2) I see from older posts that the AO API does not allow you to share module results with a third party database. Has this changed? Is it now possible? Can I get results into my database using the unique identifier I passed to AO (see question 1).

Thank you.

David Wasilewski // Posted at 11:42 am on January 24th, 2013
28

@David: #1 should be possible via single sign-on, but #2 is not yet possible (cannot extract reporting data via the API).

Gabe Anderson // Posted at 3:33 pm on January 24th, 2013
29

Is there a way to achieve my desired objective you any of articulates other software packages?

David Wasilewski // Posted at 3:36 pm on January 24th, 2013
30

Thanks! I was wondering if there were any updates to the API yet.

Stella // Posted at 3:37 pm on January 24th, 2013
31

@David: There is not. Articulate Online is your best bet.

Gabe Anderson // Posted at 11:33 am on January 25th, 2013
32

The result of trainees taking my course are VITAL and I will need to be able to access those results in an automated way. Can you offer me any hope that your otherwise exceptional platform here will eventually offer it. Kind of a waste to have all this stuff and not that (relatively simple) feature.

Marco Faust // Posted at 4:02 am on March 31st, 2013
33

@Marco: Thanks for the feedback. Though I can’t promise that we’ll implement automated reporting in Articulate Online in the future, I can say that it’s a very popular request and that we’re always working to make our products better. The best way to add your voice for that feature and any others you’d like to see is by submitting a feature request here.

Gabe Anderson // Posted at 10:06 am on April 1st, 2013
34

Our company has purchased Articulate on line. We did user management and Group management through web Api. But we are not able to do reporting like score by group or score by individual user by using api.
Can anybody tell me any web method Present in api for reporting?
I am .net developer.

sandeep saxena // Posted at 3:34 am on September 11th, 2013
35

@sandeep: Thanks for asking, but it’s not possible to extract reporting / scoring data via the API.

Gabe Anderson // Posted at 3:45 pm on September 11th, 2013
36

Do you plan to provide the reporting data via API in future at all?

Varun d // Posted at 1:48 pm on November 18th, 2013

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