We were excited about building something that includes Alexa and we came up with the idea to get data from rate my professors.com and get information about the instructor.
What it does
It takes university name and professor name as input and looks up ratemyprofessor.com for relevant information and tells you the output along with a top comment.
How we built it
We split up the work and worked simultaneously on the node.js backend and Alexa Skills Development.
Challenges I ran into
We had a hard time implementing our local code into AWS Lambda function because we didn't have much experience with it. Also, we ran into problems with Alexa Skills Kit when we integrated the mongodb database on AWS Serverless Lambda Function.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud because we actually got the skill up and running despite a lot of challenges that we ran into.
What I learned
We learned about how AWS Lambda functions work and basically everything related to Alexa Skills Development.
What's next for Rate My Professor- Alexa Skill
We want to work on improving Alexa responses as our skill runs into errors if it can't comprehend a relavent input. I think the next step would be to integrate BlackBoard Learn, Canvas, or other learning management systems with the skill so that students can access relavent information about their courses and instructors all in one place.