Importance of Third-Party Integrations In LMS

Viren Kapadia October 31, 2022
Importance of Third-Party Integrations In LMS

Collaboration is essential in all aspects of business operations, including your eLearning initiatives. Your company uses various software applications to collect data, manage performance, and make decisions.

In this article, we are going to discuss the;

  • Learning Management System (LMS) integration.
  • Third-Party Integrations.
  • Why does the Learning Management System need to integrate with the other critical apps you use.
  • The Benefits of Third-Party Integration.

Providing you with turnkey integration, GyrusAim LMS helps you harvest the benefits of integrating your technology with the most effective applications.

What is Learning Management System Integration?

LMS integration refers to your learning management system's compatibility with the business applications you already use. It enables the transfer of data between systems in order to automate tasks and gain access to integrated reporting.

LMS integrations are divided into two types:

  • Native (built-in app)
  • third-party (integrated with the help of external software that acts as a connector).

Both types of integration aim to improve and simplify internal data communication between your LMS and the other apps you use.

When developing a new app for your company, there are several factors to consider. We're all aiming to create something that will be well-liked and widely used by customers. If we want to easily attract new customers and, more importantly, keep them once we have them, we must think about the right features and a customer-centric UX.

GyrusAim seamlessly integrates with a slew of apps, tools, and systems in your LMS.

Third-Party Integration:

Third-party integration generally refers to adding necessary external data to an existing project via various APIs (Application Program Interfaces). Because of third-party APIs, developers can create a new solution in less time by reusing existing components rather than writing code from scratch for new ones. For example, if you want to make an app for ordering goods online, you may need a chat feature. Instead of creating a new chat interface, developers can simply integrate an existing API into your solution. It's no surprise that third-party integrations are appealing:

  • They have the ability to significantly increase output.
  • Using third-party integrations in your app can provide you with a number of benefits, including time and money savings.
  • You can improve your customers' experiences with you by providing seamless integrations with apps they already use.
  • Many people do not want just another app that operates independently of everything else they use. They are tired of the proliferation of tools and prefer simple solutions.

Look for integrations that;

  • Appeal to your target audience (they already use them).
  • Makes sense for your app.
  • It will integrate seamlessly and provide ongoing support.
  • Enhance rather than detract from your customer experience.

If you need assistance determining which third-party APIs will work well with your app, GyrusAim LMS is there to help you. GyrusAim LMS can integrate with a wide range of third-party APIs that work closely with your apps, such as Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams, Adobe, Skype, and others.

The Advantages of Third-Party Integration in LMS

LMS integrations provide your company with limitless opportunities. Each app in your organization contains valuable data, and when that data communicates with your training software, you gain a complete understanding of your team, partners, and customers. You are better able to make operational decisions, identify training gaps, and create personalized learning paths for each individual or group of learners' unique needs.

As your company grows, you adopt new technology and software solutions to stay competitive and meet market expectations. As a result, using an LMS that does not integrate with your apps will result in data loss, operational inefficiencies, and time spent on administrative tasks.

Here are some of the benefits Third-Party Integration in the LMS:

  1. The Best Characteristics:
  2. You can add the best features to your app by utilizing third-party integrations. Many businesses are true experts in their fields, and their solutions are flawless. You will avoid many unnecessary challenges during app development if your developers use their APIs.

  3. Less Expensive:
  4. You can save money on man-hours. If you save money, you can use it to improve your app by adding some unique features. As a result, you can begin with a small but effective project and grow it into something bigger and better.

  5. Reduce Unrequired Data:
  6. Spend less time entering and maintaining data. When you integrate your LMS with your other apps, you only need to enter data once rather than updating each system separately, ensuring information consistency across the organization.

  7. Helps You Offer A Customized Training Experience:
  8. When your systems communicate with one another, you get a complete picture of each learner's performance, allowing you to create a personalized training plan based on your learners' training gaps and overall unique needs.

  9. Improved Reporting:
  10. Synchronize data between systems to track and report on all training activities. When you integrate your LMS with the other apps you use, you gain complete visibility of training data, allowing you to link training data to performance outcomes.

  11. Save Time:
  12. Third-party LMS integrations enable you to create workflows and automate manual platform management tasks that were previously time-consuming and administratively demanding. Third-party integrations can be used to create workflows such as automatically enrolling users into courses after completing a specific training, automatically adding users to email lists, and tracking failed quiz attempts for a specific course in Google Sheets.

  13. Maintain Compliance More Effectively:
  14. Protect your company from hefty fines and other legal ramifications. When your systems communicate with one another, you have constant access to the information you need to determine who is compliant and who is not.

FAQs:

  1. Should you integrate or not?
  2. Before deciding to use third-party integrations, always make a reasonable decision and weigh all financial risks and benefits. The main piece of advice we would give you is to question the necessity and logic of a specific integration for your app and to always keep your target audience in mind. After all, the main goal of your web application is to improve the user experience, not to make it more complicated.

  3. Do third-party integrations have any drawbacks?
  4. Third-party integration has some disadvantages. If an app is built with far too many third-party integrations, it may suffer from significant performance issues in the future. The project's quality is what defines its success and relevance, so it should not be compromised.

  5. What is a public API?
  6. It is essentially an open API that any software developer can use. These APIs are freely available and shared on the Internet.

  7. Is third-party integration time-saving?
  8. Third-party integrations allow for faster production, which saves time for your tech. Months that could have been spent coding are instead reduced to days spent integrating. This allows enough time for other critical development cycle processes.

What is eLearning?

  • E-Learning allows the online delivery of training with real-time tracking of training analytics, optimizing time and reducing costs associated with traditional learning methods.

What is an LMS?

  • E-Learning allows the online delivery of training with real-time tracking of training analytics, optimizing time and reducing costs associated with traditional learning methods.

SCORM, AICC & XAPI

  • SCORM and AICC are an international standard for tracking E-Learning activities. xAPI (formerly Tin Can API) is the Learning Objects new standard. The Gyrus Learning Management System supports both of these standards.