“The WIDS API is beneficial,”
This technology, as part of the WIDS application, is now available for existing and new clients, according to WIDS Associate Director Robin Nickel. “Each client will have a unique interface for customized data transfer needs, and the updates will occur automatically,”
As such, a college might publish course information data from WIDS in an online or print catalog. Using live data, the API allows seamless transfer of WIDS data to the catalog technology.
Similarly, program and course information, such as course title, number, competencies and credits might be pulled from WIDS for display on a college’s website. The API ensures one database drives the automatic updates, rather than relying on manual updates.
“Once you change data in WIDS, it will update your website automatically,”
While the transfer and sharing of critical curriculum data for such purposes is designed to significantly improve institutional efficiency, accuracy and consistency, the API relies on an independent interface to select required data.
“There is some upfront work necessary prior to launching the WIDS API, as an independent API interface is needed, but most colleges have developers on staff who can perform the initial coding,” said Meech. Clients may also work with Yahara to develop a custom interface.
A nonprofit division of the Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation Inc. (WTCSF), WIDS offers advanced tools and personal support to help clients design effective performance-
To learn more about WIDS – a curriculum design, management and dissemination application – access one of several tutorial videos, or consider engaging in a WIDS Webinar! Visit www.wids.org or call 800-677-9437. For more information about the WIDS API, contact Meech at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 608-821-1722.