What you will learn

This course is not "Master's course for API Economy" but a university Master's level course. So this course is meant for people who have not encountered API Economy as a business model before, even if they had some knowledge of APIs as technology.

  • Our students say they are now better at providing service to their API and digital customers

  • They have tons of new API Economy related ideas related to their ongoing projects

  • Their thinking about APIs (as just a technical thing) has been transformed

What our students say?

Over 600 students have completed the course

Outi Lindfors

4 star rating

“I would recommend this course for anyone who is interested to get an insight on what is meant by APIs, and how API economy differs from the platform economy. ”

“I would recommend this course for anyone who is interested to get an insight on what is meant by APIs, and how API economy differs from the platform economy. ”

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Ankit Nigam

4 star rating

“good introduction to a complex and emerging area”

“good introduction to a complex and emerging area”

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Hannu Tuovinen

4 star rating

“Good course, gave a good overall picture of the API Economy and its possibilities. Interesting learning materials and enough extra reading to go deeper into interesting subjects.”

“Good course, gave a good overall picture of the API Economy and its possibilities. Interesting learning materials and enough extra reading to go deeper into interesting subjects.”

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Sari Uitto

5 star rating

“Gave an insight into this really important area. I will definitely think of APIs now from different perspective.”

“Gave an insight into this really important area. I will definitely think of APIs now from different perspective.”

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Duy Vu

5 star rating

“This course gives a very great introduction to API Economy (I mean literally, I don't copy the name of the course)”

“This course gives a very great introduction to API Economy (I mean literally, I don't copy the name of the course)”

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Marika Leed

5 star rating

“Just what I wanted to learn about APIs.”

“Just what I wanted to learn about APIs.”

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the course

    • How to use this course

    • About this course content

    • My current skills and learning goals

    • First steps to API Economy

  • 02

    Create competitive, smart offering with APIs

    • APIs in company's offering

    • Discuss & share examples with other students

    • Quiz: APIs can be used in many different ways

    • Creating smart offering - case Google

    • Quiz: Societal-scale innovation with APIs

    • References and additional resources

  • 03

    APIs in Platforms, Platform Economy or Partner Ecosystem

    • Traditional vs. API vs. Platform Economy

    • Quiz: Can you identify the core interaction of a multi-sided platform?

    • Digital platforms vs. Platform business model?

    • Conclusions and further reading

  • 04

    The right API for the right purpose

    • Who should we open our APIs to?

    • Quiz: How open is company data via Open APIs?

    • Additional resources

    • Quiz: API Economy is...

    • You're almost done!

    • Before you go...

Meet your Instructor

Instructor Bio:

Speaker at apidays Helsinki, INTERFACE, New York and other API conferences. Co-author of API Economy 101 book. Creator of the free "Introduction to API Economy" course with Tampere University. “Mother” of the lean, open and business-oriented APIOps Cycles method. API business consultant, architect, and trainer for companies and public-sector. 10+ years of experience with API Economy from retail, energy, ICT, construction and traffic industries, among others. I'm M.Ed. with Computer Science, Leadership, Product Management and BUsiness Administration studies. Contact me in Linkedin or Twitter: @mniinioja

Marjukka Niinioja

Founding partner, APItalista

Faculty teacher in charge

Instructor Bio:

Co-author of API Economy 101 Book. Professor at Tampere University in Industrial Management, keen on digital platforms, new kinds of value creation, and new business development & business transformation. You may contact me on LinkedIn or Twitter (@DrSeppanen)

Marko Seppänen

Professor, Vice Dean for Education

FAQ

  • Do I need to be a student at a university?

    No you don't. Are you a professional looking to update your skills? You can also take this course as part of your professional development. Get a certificate for achievement for your CV, LinkedIn profile or to submit to your HR records.

  • I'm a teacher, can I use this course with my students?

    You can use this course as part of your curriculum. If you need to, you can give your own instructions for the final project. Please contact us at Osaango for more detailed instructions ([email protected])

  • Do I need to have Bachelor's degree to take this course?

    This course is designed for university Master's level studies, but you can also include it in other forms of education. The course includes academic papers and requires abstract thinking. Advanced knowledge in your own field of study will help.

  • How many credits can I get from passing this course?

    1 ECTS credit, roughly 25-27 hours of work from an average Master's level university student. As a comparison, 60 ECTS credits are the equivalent of a full year of study or work.

  • How much time will I need?

    Experienced professionals or advanced students with background in APIs and/or digital business models study this course on average 4-12 hours. This course should take no more than 27 hours of studies from a beginner. This is assuming you have previous experience of university level studies and you have a bachelor's degree from business, computer science or related field.

  • How do I pass the course?

    By completing all the lessons and quizzes. The quizzes require a minimum of 50% of a passing grade, but you can retake the quiz at any time.

  • I'm not a student at Tampere University - how do I get the credit?

    If you are studying at a university or school, ask a member of the faculty. You will get a certificate automatically from us to show you have passed the course. You can apply for a FREE Open University credit from Tampere University, Finland via electronic process. The link and instructions are provided at the end of the course. If you have FITech study right to this course, you do not need to apply study right via Open University.

  • I'm a student at Tampere University - how do I get my credit?

    Sign up for the course in Tampere university study portal. After you have gained your certificate request the credits via the study portal. See instructions at the end of this page. All other instructions apply, except you don't need to apply to be an Open University student.

  • I have a question to the experts or tutors - how do I reach them?

    I have a question to the experts or tutors - how do I reach them?

How to get Your university course grade?

Yes, you see correctly! With the course certificate and the PDF brochure you find on this page, you can apply for a course credit at your own university. If you need a verified credit or you are not enrolled in any university, you can apply for Open University grade for Introduction to API Economy course from Tampere University, Finland. Click the button for detailed instructions.

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