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EdSurge: Application Program Interfaces Let Students Design Their University Experience

Andrew Rikard '17
Andrew Rikard '17

What happens when, through an Application Program Interface, students gain the ability to work with data relevant to their campuses? According to Andrew Rikard '17, putting such control over data into the hands of students creates unique opportunities and empowers students to be creators, not just consumers, of useful technology.

This process was the focus of a recent gathering devoted to "Indie Ed Tech," to which students, faculty members, technologists, CIOs and entrepreneurs were invited, and during which they worked on designing an API prototype together.

Organized by Davidson's Director of Digital Learning, Research and Design Kristen Eshleman and Director of Digital Learning at the University of Oklahoma Adam Croom, the event was the first in a series of collaborative gatherings aimed at creating technological tools for students, with students.

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