315 BYOD: Building an xAPI-enabled Alexa Skill
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Wednesday, October 23
Voice assistant devices like Alexa and Google Assistant, which are being adopted in homes and the workplace, are a disruptive game-changer in the learning and development space. Learning professionals need to begin considering adoption of this tech and integration into the learning ecosystem. Barriers include fear of the technology, understanding how to even start developing learning content in this new platform, and understanding how to gather valid learning metrics to measure learning impact and solution effectiveness.
In this hands-on session, we'll create a simple voice assistant skill for Alexa and Google Assistant (no coding skills required). We'll create a workflow to create xAPI statements and connect the voice assistant skill to an LRS to capture learner interactions and measure learning performance. We will explore best practices, discuss key considerations, and debrief on the overall creation and use of voice assistant devices in the workflow. Participants will leave this session with a working prototype that can be used to facilitate a demo within their organizations, and will be able to discuss the key considerations and potential impact of the integration of a voice assistant device in the workflow.
In this session, you will learn:
- To identify the learning goals of a given voice assistant skill
- To create a simple voice assistant skill
- How to add xAPI statements to gather user interaction data
- To identify strategies to build an effective voice assistant skill
Designers, developers, managers, programmers
Voiceflow, Invocable, Zapier, Watershed LRS, xAPI statements
Participant technology requirements:
Laptop or tablet
Program Manager, Technical Curriculum
Amazon Web Services
Myra is an L&D thought leader who brings a unique mix of technical, business, and adult education expertise to the game. She is a TEDx speaker, author, and technical designer who has won awards for her learning designs. Her superpower is her natural ability to make complex technical subjects easy to understand by breaking them down in a way that makes it easy to consume and move forward with action. She strives to evoke transformation by doing her part to decolonize technology. Myra works at Amazon and she has earned a Bachelor of Computer Science, MSEd, and an MBA.
Instructional Designer, Curriculum Developer
Dom Calderon is an instructional designer at Amazon Web Services. A graduate of Humboldt State University and an L&D industry professional for over four years, he's spent his career helping clients reimagine corporate training for next gen learners, and keep up-to- date on the latest learning technologies. Drawing on his background in graphic design and web development, his work has focused on crafting unique and memorable learning experiences for diverse, modern audiences. He's most passionate in his work about promoting inclusivity and the democratization of knowledge through new technology and education channels.