Carnap API

Carnap has an experimental API, which is currently under development (see the tracking issues below).

Tracking issues

Instructor setup

To use the API, you need an API key. Your API key should be kept a secret, since it allows anyone who has it to access and modify your courses.

You can create an API key for yourself on the instructor page, beneath the "Manage Uploaded Documents" tab, here:

image showing the API key field at the bottom of the screen

Usage

Example Scripts

Here are some examples to help you start using the API with different programming languages. We assume that you're testing, so the URL begins with http://localhost:3000. This should instead be https://YOURSERVERRDOMAIN when you're using this with a non-local server

Python

Create the file apitest.py:

import requests

apikey = 'REDACTED'

base = 'http://localhost:3000/api/v1'

def rq(meth, p, *args, key=apikey, **kwargs):
    h = {
        'X-API-KEY': key,
    }
    return requests.request(meth, base + p, *args, **kwargs, headers=h)

To issue the commands displayed below interactively ipython -i apitest.py, or python -i apitest.py.

Bash

Just use curl as indicated below.

Available API Methods

Document API

All of the methods in the documents API require that :instructorIdent is the same as the user who owns the API key (i.e. they do not work on other users' documents yet).

Tracking issue

GET /instructors/:instructorIdent/documents

Retrieves a list of documents owned by the given instructor and their metadata.

Here are some example commands:

Python

rq('GET', '/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/documents').json()

Bash

curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEYHERE" localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/yourname@youremail.com/documents

Result

And here's what your result will look like:

[{'creator': 1,
  'date': '2021-02-16T09:41:39.445672522Z',
  'scope': 'Public',
  'id': 1,
  'description': None,
  'filename': 'api.md'}]
POST /instructors/:instructorIdent/documents

Creates a new document with empty contents.

Should be followed by a PUT at /instructors/:instructorIdent/documents/:documentId/data in order to fill in the document contents.

Python

rq('POST', '/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/documents',
    json={
        "filename": "myfile.md",
        "scope": "Private",
        "description": "My file",
    }
).json()

Bash

curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEY" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -d '{"filename":"myfile.md","scope":"Private", "description":"My file"}' \
     localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/documents

Result

The ID of the new document:

3

or an error is returned as an encoded JSON string.

The response will also include a Location header pointed at the new resource. scope indicates the sharing scope of the document, and can be one of Private, Public, LinkOnly or InstructorsOnly. Both the scope and description fields can be omitted, with scope defaulting to Private.

GET /instructors/:instructorIdent/documents/:documentId

Like GET /instructors/:instructorIdent/documents but for a single document.

Python

rq('GET', '/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/documents/1').json()

Bash

curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEYHERE" localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/yourname@youremail.com/documents/1

Result

{'creator': 1,
 'date': '2021-02-16T09:41:39.445672522Z',
 'scope': 'Public',
 'description': None,
 'filename': 'api.md'}
PATCH /instructors/:instructorIdent/documents/:documentId

Updates the metadata for a single document.

Python

rq('PATCH', '/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/documents/1',
    json={"scope": "Private"}).json()

Bash

curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEY" -X "PATCH" -d '{"scope":"Public"}' \
     localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/yourname@youremail.com/documents/1

Result

{'creator': 1,
 'date': '2021-02-16T09:41:39.445672522Z',
 'scope': 'Private',
 'description': None,
 'filename': 'api.md'}

Currently scope and description fields can be updated. Passing in a null value for description will cause the document description to be cleared entirely.

GET /instructors/:instructorIdent/documents/:documentId/data

Gets the content of the given document by ID and returns it.

Python

rq('GET', 'instructors/yourname@youremail.com/documents/1/data').text

Bash

curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEYHERE" \
     localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/yourname@youremail.com/documents/1/data

Result

The contents of your document, as text

PUT /instructors/:instructorIdent/documents/:documentId/data

Overwrites the content of the given document by ID.

These examples use "aaaaaa" as a thing you might insert as the document contents.

Python

rq('PUT', '/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/documents/1/data', data='aaaaaa')

Bash

echo aaaaaa | curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEYHERE"  -T "-" \
    localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/gleachkr@gmail.com/documents/1940/data

Result

<Response [200]>

Course API

Note: :courseTitle in the below needs to be properly URL-encoded for curl, which means in particular that each space needs to be replaced with %20. The python requests module does URL-encoding automatically, so spaces can be used verbatim. The examples below are for a course with the title "test course".

GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses

Retrieves a list of courses.

rq('GET', '/instructors/gleachkr@gmail.com/courses/test course/students').json()
curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEYHERE" \
    'localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/gleachkr@gmail.com/courses'

Result

[
  {
    "textBook": 12,
    "instructor": 1123,
    "enrollmentOpen": false,
    "endDate": "2021-05-19T04:59:59Z",
    "startDate": "2021-01-26T05:59:59Z",
    "textbookProblems": {
      "readAssignmentTable": [
        [
          1,
          "2021-05-15T04:59:59Z"
        ],
        ...
      ]
    },
    "totalPoints": 0,
    "title": "PHILO680 - Independent Study",
    "timeZone": "America/Chicago",
    "description": null
  }
]

The instructor field gives the main instructor's instructorId, which is distinct from their userId. The textBook field gives the assignmentId for an associated textbook, which is the same data as the id field for an assignment, retrieved via GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/assignments

GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students

Retrieves a list of student data for a given course, including unique :studentId identifiers for each student.

rq('GET', '/instructors/gleachkr@gmail.com/courses/test course/students').json()
curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEYHERE" \
    'localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/gleachkr@gmail.com/courses/test%20course/students'

Result

[
  {
    "email": "groundworker@gmail.com",
    "lastName": "Kant",
    "universityId": null,
    "userId": 1231,
    "firstName": "Immanuel",
    "isAdmin": false,
    "id": 1313,
    "enrolledIn": 141,
    "instructorId": null,
    "isLti": false
  },
  {
    "email": "thinker@gmail.com",
    "lastName": "Descartes",
    "universityId": null,
    "userId": 1232,
    "firstName": "Rene",
    "isAdmin": false,
    "id": 1314,
    "enrolledIn": 141,
    "instructorId": null,
    "isLti": false
  },
]

The :studentId for a student is the number in the id field, not the number in the userId field.

GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students/:studentId

Retrieves student data for the student with id :studentId

rq('GET', '/instructors/gleachkr@gmail.com/courses/test course/students/1231').json()
curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEYHERE" \
    'localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/gleachkr@gmail.com/courses/test%20course/students/1231'

Result

{
    "email": "groundworker@gmail.com",
    "lastName": "Kant",
    "universityId": null,
    "userId": 1231,
    "firstName": "Immanuel",
    "isAdmin": false,
    "id": 1313,
    "enrolledIn": 141,
    "instructorId": null,
    "isLti": false
}

The :studentId for a student is the number in id field, not the number in the studentId field.

GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students/:studentId/submissions

Retrieves a list of all submission data for the student with id :studentId

rq('GET', '/instructors/gleachkr@gmail.com/courses/test course/students/1231/submissions').json()
curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEYHERE" \
    'localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/gleachkr@gmail.com/courses/test%20course/students/1231/submissions'

Result

[
  {
    'problemSubmissionAssignmentId': 3001, 
    'problemSubmissionCorrect': False, 
    'problemSubmissionData': {..depends on problem type..}, 
    'problemSubmissionSource': {'tag': 'Assignment', 'contents': 'AssignmentMetadataKey {unAssignmentMetadataKey = SqlBackendKey {unSqlBackendKey = 3001}}'}, 'problemSubmissionCredit': 1, 
    'problemSubmissionIdent': 'Exercise-24', 
    'problemSubmissionUserId': 10385, 
    'problemSubmissionLateCredit': None, 
    'problemSubmissionType': 'Qualitative', 
    'problemSubmissionTime': '2021-04-26T19:14:06.563900857Z', 
    'problemSubmissionExtra': None
  }
]
GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students/:studentId/extensions

Retrieves a list of all assignment extensions granted to the student with id :studentId

RESULT

[
  {
    "onAssignment": 1238,
    "until": "2022-06-02T04:59:59Z",
    "forUser": 12313,
    "id": 499
  }
]
POST https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students/:studentId/extensions

Grants an extension to the student with id :studentId

rq('POST', '/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/courses/test course/students/12313/extensions',
    json={
        "onAssignment": 2756,
        "until": "2022-06-02",
        "forUser": 12313,
    }
).json()

Bash

curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEY" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -d '{ "onAssignment": 2756, "until": "2022-06-02", "forUser": 12313 }' \
     localhost:3000/api/v1//instructors/yourname@gmail.com/courses/test%20course/students/12313/extensions

Dates can be given in the format "2021-06-30T21:40:00Z", for UTC time, or in the format "2022-01-01 10:10" or simply "2022-01-01", in which case the date will assume the time zone associated with the course.

The template for the POST JSON is:

{
  "onAsssignment": ...,
  "until": ...,
  "forUser": ...,
}

where the user field must the userId of the student, the contents of the userId field of the data returned by GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students/:studentId, not the contents of the id field returned by that GET request.

Result

The ID of the new document:

3

or an error is returned as an encoded JSON string.

GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students/:studentId/accomodations

Retrieves a list of accommodations active for the student with id :studentId

So if the student's time allowed on exams is (3 × STANDARD TIME) + 0 minutes, and they have their due-dates extended by one hour, then the result will be:

{
  "timeFactor": 3,
  "timeExtraMinutes": 0,
  "forUser": 1314,
  "id": 62,
  "dateExtraHours": 1,
  "forCourse": 121
}
PATCH https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students/:studentId/accomodations

Modifies the accommodations active for the student with id :studentId

For example:

rq('PATCH', '/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/courses/test course/students/11231/accomodations',
    json={"timeFactor": "2"}).json()

Bash

curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEY" -X "PATCH" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -d '{"timeFactor":"2"}' \
     /instructors/yourname@gmail.com/courses/test%20course/students/11231/accomodations

The template for the PATCH JSON (with all fields optional) is:

{
  "timeFactor": ...,
  "timeExtraMinutes": ...,
  "dateExtraHours": ...,
}
GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students/:studentId/assignmentTokens

Retrieves a list of all access-restricted assignments that have been accessed by the student with id :studentId, along with access time for each.

RESULT

[
  {
    "createdAt": "2021-06-10T19:10:42.757612899Z",
    "user": 1,
    "id": 17927,
    "assignment": 3188
  }
]
DELETE https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructor/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/students/:studentId/assignmentTokens/:tokenId

Deletes the record of a student having accessed an access-restricted assignment, allowing them to e.g. retake an exam for which a certain amount of time was allotted.

RESULT

"deleted token" 
GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/assignments

Retrieves a list of assignments for a given course.

RESULTS

[
  {
    "gradeRelease": "2021-05-20T19:30:00Z",
    "totalProblems": null,
    "visibleFrom": "2021-05-19T17:58:00Z",
    "availability": null,
    "date": "2021-05-18T21:41:35.12705102Z",
    "document": 4293,
    "pointValue": null,
    "course": 258,
    "id": 3276,
    "duedate": "2021-05-19T19:30:00Z",
    "title": "The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever",
    "visibleTill": "2021-06-30T21:40:00Z",
    "assigner": null,
    "description": null
  }
]

Times are reported in UTC

POST https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/assignments

Creates a new assignment.

rq('POST', '/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/courses/test course/assignments',
    json={
        "document": 2756,
        "title": "A new assignment",
        "due-date": "2022-01-01 10:10",
    }
).json()

Bash

curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEY" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -d '{"document": 2756, "title": "A new assignment", "due-date": "2022-01-01 10:10"}' \
     localhost:3000/api/v1/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/courses/test%20course/assignments

The full template for the POST json is

  {
    "gradeRelease": ...,
    "totalProblems": ...,
    "visibleFrom": ...,
    "availability": ...,
    "document": ...,
    "pointValue": ...,
    "duedate": ...,
    "title": ...,
    "visibleTill": ...,
    "description": ...
  }

The only mandatory fields are document and title. Dates can be given in the format "2021-06-30T21:40:00Z", for UTC time, or in the format "2022-01-01 10:10" or simply "2022-01-01", in which case the date will assume the time zone associated with the course.

RESULT

The ID of the new assignment:

3

or an error is returned as an encoded JSON string.

GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/assignments/:assignmentId

Retrieves the details of the assignment with id :assignmentId .

RESULT

{
  "gradeRelease": "2021-05-20T19:30:00Z",
  "totalProblems": null,
  "visibleFrom": "2021-05-19T17:58:00Z",
  "availability": null,
  "date": "2021-05-18T21:41:35.12705102Z",
  "document": 4293,
  "pointValue": null,
  "course": 258,
  "id": 3276,
  "duedate": "2021-05-19T19:30:00Z",
  "title": "The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever",
  "visibleTill": "2021-06-30T21:40:00Z",
  "assigner": null,
  "description": null
}
PATCH https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/assignments/:assignmentId

Modifies the details of the assignment with id :assignmentId .

For example:

rq('PATCH', '/instructors/yourname@gmail.com/courses/test course/assignments/1313',
    json={"gradeRelease": "2022-02-02"}).json()

Bash

curl -H "X-API-KEY:YOURAPIKEY" -X "PATCH" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -d '{"gradeRelease": "2022-02-02"}' \
     /instructors/yourname@gmail.com/courses/test%20course/assignments/1313

The template for the PATCH JSON (with all fields optional) is:

{
  "gradeRelease": ...,
  "totalProblems": ...,
  "visibleFrom": ...,
  "availability": ...,
  "pointValue": ...,
  "duedate": ...,
  "title": ...,
  "visibleTill": ...,
  "description": ..., 
}

To delete the contents of any field, except for title, you can send an explicit null value in the patch for that field.

GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/assignments/:assignmentId/submissions

Retrieves a list of all submitted problems for the assignment with id :assignmentId .

RESULT

[
  {
    'problemSubmissionAssignmentId': 3001, 
    'problemSubmissionCorrect': False, 
    'problemSubmissionData': {..depends on problem type..}, 
    'problemSubmissionSource': {'tag': 'Assignment', 'contents': 'AssignmentMetadataKey {unAssignmentMetadataKey = SqlBackendKey {unSqlBackendKey = 3001}}'}, 'problemSubmissionCredit': 1, 
    'problemSubmissionIdent': 'Exercise-24', 
    'problemSubmissionUserId': 10385, 
    'problemSubmissionLateCredit': None, 
    'problemSubmissionType': 'Qualitative', 
    'problemSubmissionTime': '2021-04-26T19:14:06.563900857Z', 
    'problemSubmissionExtra': None
  }
]
GET https://carnap.io/api/v1/instructors/:instructorIdent/courses/:courseTitle/assignments/:assignmentId/submissions/:studentId

Retrieves a list of all submitted problems from the student with id :studentId, for the assignment with id :assignmentId .

RESULT

[
  {
    'problemSubmissionAssignmentId': 3001, 
    'problemSubmissionCorrect': False, 
    'problemSubmissionData': {..depends on problem type..}, 
    'problemSubmissionSource': {'tag': 'Assignment', 'contents': 'AssignmentMetadataKey {unAssignmentMetadataKey = SqlBackendKey {unSqlBackendKey = 3001}}'}, 'problemSubmissionCredit': 1, 
    'problemSubmissionIdent': 'Exercise-24', 
    'problemSubmissionUserId': 10385, 
    'problemSubmissionLateCredit': None, 
    'problemSubmissionType': 'Qualitative', 
    'problemSubmissionTime': '2021-04-26T19:14:06.563900857Z', 
    'problemSubmissionExtra': None
  }
]