Coursera introduces Amazon Alexa Skill to support learning goals

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Written by Jon Kennard on 8 October 2019 in Press Zone
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Coursera has announced a new skill for Amazon Alexa to help learners achieve their personal and professional goals with their voice assistant.

Starting in October 2019, learners can access course assignment and quiz scores, due dates, and progress updates by simply asking Alexa. This is one of the first skills for Amazon Alexa from an online learning platform.

Voice assistants, like Alexa, are being adopted faster than almost any other technology to date. Over a third of American smart speaker owners use their devices to help keep them on track and organised, which includes setting alarms, timers, and scheduling.

Recognising these trends, Coursera designed a skill for Alexa to help learners stay organised with easy-to-access deadlines, grades, and course progress updates. The new tool builds on their current cross-platform compatibilities on desktop, mobile, and tablet. 

In the coming weeks, learners will be able to search for the free Coursera skill in the Amazon Alexa Skills store. Once enabled and linked to Coursera, you’ll be able to simply ask, 'Alexa, when is my next assignment due' or, 'Alexa, ask Coursera, am I making progress?' 

And by the end of the year, 'Alexa, what did I get on my computer science quiz?' Responses will provide updates based on the latest information in the learner’s Coursera account. 

The  new Coursera skill for Alexa is available to all learners with a Coursera account and Amazon Alexa-enabled device now.