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How to optimize your e-learning solutions with api.video

Using videos and live streams for education can help you explain complex concepts easier. This blog post dives into the different use cases where you can build an online learning platform with api.video.

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March 12, 2024

The e-learning landscape is dynamic, and the recognition of video's significance in it has been a key shift recently. Focused on recall, retention, and implementation, videos emerge as powerful tools in delivering knowledge effectively.

 

And that’s why api.video has features that support an e-learning solution. Specifically designed for use in virtual classrooms, internal training modules, seminars, and live sessions, our features are geared to enhance the online educational experience.

 

Join us as we take you through ways in which you can utilize video for your e-learning solution.

 

How is api.video an end-to-end solution?

We provide all necessary tools for you and your users to deliver content. You do not need to worry about integrating different solutions for hosting, or encoding, or delivering your videos and live streams - api.video provides all of these in one package.

Online courses and on-demand video lessons

Video-on-demand is a simple and straightforward way of providing online education as a service. Here are some examples of what you can build with api.video:

 

  • Your company’s internal video-based training tool, where you can implement access control using delegated upload tokens and api.video’s private video feature.
  • A subscription-based learning platform like Udemy or LinkedIn Learning, where you can organize content into courses, and enable viewers to rate courses and individual videos.
  • A UGC education platform, where you can integrate video upload functionality in your app to enable both educators and students to share content.

Distance learning and masterclasses through live streaming

Offering online education through live or scheduled stream events is a common and intuitive way to reach your audience. Students can ask questions and interact with the instructor in real time, making the learning experience more engaging and dynamic. You can also allow live sessions to be recorded, enabling users to revisit content on demand. Here are some example solutions that you can develop with api.video:

 

  • An app for musicians to develop their skills through live masterclasses, and to stream performances or rehearsals.
  • A training center’s website that streams paid classes, and restricts access using the private live stream feature.
  • Online educational conferences and seminars that can be restreamed to multiple platforms at the same time, enabling attendees from around the world to participate and engage with the speakers.

 

Our API can help you drive all of these use cases, and more. Check out the api.video developer documentation for more details. If you do not want to code your product from scratch, api.video offers no-code plugins and CMS integrations that you can use to add video functionality with just a few clicks!

Features that will help you stand out

You can find a complete list of features that api.video offers on our website. To help you focus on the e-learning use case, we have collected a shortlist of features that are especially useful for apps or websites targeting this industry:

 

  • Use upload tokens to enable users to upload videos. You can define when an upload token expires, and you can even create one-time uploader solutions.
  • Manage access to videos and live streams using the private videos feature. For instance, if you have paid videos/courses, internal trainings where you need to show confidential information or conferences where entry is only by registratio, you can put the private videos feature to use.
  • Use video tags and metadata to add an extra layer of information to video content. Enable teachers to organize their lessons into courses, define different searchable topics, and sort content based on difficulty.

 

We have created an in-depth API showcase about metadata that will help you make the most of your e-learning implementation with api.video. Check out the blog post here!

 

  • Use custom domains to deliver your content using your own custom URL. **This could be useful if you’re looking to achieve a branded experience or get an SEO boost with your brand’s keywords.
  • Set up domain referrer restrictions to make sure that your content is only played on your website.
  • Show in-stream ads to monetize videos or live streams.
  • Add annotations like chapters or captions to your videos to improve user experience. Use ‘chapters’ to let your users segment information and add captions to your videos for easy understanding by the viewers.
  • Add your branding to videos using watermarks (maybe the name of your school or your coaching institute behind your material), and customize the delivery of both video and live stream content using the api.video player. With the api.video player, you can offer your users the flexibility to:
    • adjust the video speed to suit their pace
    • rewind key segments for better understanding
    • download the content for future reference and convenience
  • Restream your live content for up to 5 different platforms at the same time to reach a bigger audience.
  • Stay up-to-date, and show detailed statuses about uploaded videos through the API, and through dedicated webhooks.

Demos and templates

We have created a couple of demo apps and template repositories for specific e-learning use cases. Enjoy!

 

What’s next?

If you have any questions and want to confirm anything about your e-learning use case, book a call with us to get in touch!

 

In the meantime, sign up for a free sandbox account now to start using api.video and see how all this works in practice!

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