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Moodle LMS Integration with Amazon Alexa: A Practical Experience

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Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad de Burgos, Campus Vena, Avda. Cantabria, s/n, 09006 Burgos, Spain
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Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Burgos, Pº Comendadores, s/n (Hospital Militar), 09001 Burgos, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(19), 6859; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196859
Received: 8 September 2020 / Revised: 22 September 2020 / Accepted: 26 September 2020 / Published: 29 September 2020
The frequency of interaction between teachers and students through Learning Management Systems (LMSs) is continuously rising. However, recent studies highlight the challenges presented in current LMSs to meet the specific needs of the student, regarding usability and learnability. With the motivation to support the research of effectiveness when using a Voice User Interface (VUI) for education, this paper presents the work done (RQ1) to build the basic architecture for an Alexa skill for educational purposes, including its integration with Moodle, and (RQ2) to establish whether Moodle currently provides the necessary tools for voice-content creation for develop voice-first applications, aiming to provide new scientific insight to help researchers on future works of similar characteristics. As a result of this work, we provide guidelines for the architecture of an Alexa skill application integrated with Moodle through safe protocols, such as Alexa’s Account Linking Web Service, while our findings ratify the need for additional tooling within Moodle platform for voice-content creation in order to create an appealing voice experience, with the capabilities to process Moodle data structures and produce sensible sentences that can be understood by users when spoken by a voice device. View Full-Text
Keywords: Moodle LMS; Amazon Alexa; education; e-learning; Intelligent Personal Assistant; voice-content; usability Moodle LMS; Amazon Alexa; education; e-learning; Intelligent Personal Assistant; voice-content; usability
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Ochoa-Orihuel, J.; Marticorena-Sánchez, R.; Sáiz-Manzanares, M.C. Moodle LMS Integration with Amazon Alexa: A Practical Experience. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 6859. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196859

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Ochoa-Orihuel J, Marticorena-Sánchez R, Sáiz-Manzanares MC. Moodle LMS Integration with Amazon Alexa: A Practical Experience. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(19):6859. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196859

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Ochoa-Orihuel, Javier; Marticorena-Sánchez, Raúl; Sáiz-Manzanares, María C. 2020. "Moodle LMS Integration with Amazon Alexa: A Practical Experience" Appl. Sci. 10, no. 19: 6859. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196859

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