The Learnosity APIs: Testing, Testing 1,2,3

Greg Bates, August 30th, 2013

Learnosity Learnosity is focused on helping educational publishers and assessment companies provide teachers with the tools needed to assess their students whether they are in North & South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, or Europe. The Learnosity APIs join nearly 250 APIs focused on education in our directory. The documentation is split into three different sections: authoring, assessment, and reporting, with further subdivisions for each API within those sections.

Complete with demos of the APIs, which for the most part seem to return JSON, these people are serious about educating their clients’ developers.

Clients create their own content, often adapting it from their existing content packaged in textbooks and elsewhere.  They then choose from 23 different question formats to design their tests. The test administrator can control whether the student gets immediate feedback on their chosen answers. In the graphic above you can see some of those different types, from multiple choice (on the skeleton and below it), to recording answers for assessing fluency. There’s even the ability to ask essay questions.

But how can software evaluate things like essays or accents? Learnosity has a wise, short answer: it can’t; some types of questions must be assessed by people. So the platform provides for that human review.

Learnosity seems driven by the goal of providing flexibility over almost everything else. Not only are there 23 question types to build complex questions with, clients can also incorporate visuals that can then have content the student must use to label different parts of the graphic. It’s this kind of mixed test that can thoroughly assess the depth of a student’s knowledge. And it’s Learnosity’s type of flexible platform that lets educators design the best version of that test.

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