The UofA currently utilizes Brightspace’s Desire to Learn (D2L) application for its campus wide Learning Management System (LMS). This system has been hosted on premises for the past eight years. Because of the UITS department wide effort to migrate all applications to the cloud the EIS team has put a considerable amount of effort into preparing D2L for migration to the Brightspace corporate hosting facility. This included adapting all existing applications to interact with the Valence API as well as developing new applications to support the LMS in the hosted environment.
The purpose of the presentation would be to demonstrate the Valence API and how we utilize it to support the campus LMS. This would include demonstrations of how we authenticate and run queries as well as some programming techniques that we have implemented into our applications. Our hope would be that our end users, peers and colleagues would gain better insight to APIs and D2L as well as increasing their understanding of the role UITS plays in supporting Enterprise Application Systems.