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Get Started with a Voice Assistant: Developing Alexa Skills

Learn how to create an Alexa Skill and delve into the technology of a voice assistant with this practical online course.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Discover the skills needed to design Voice Applications

Statistics show that over 40% of adults use voice search at least once per day. There are over 300 million smart speaker units, such as Alexa, currently installed in homes – and the number looks set to double by 2024.

This means learning this new technology in the initial stage will give you an extra edge in the industry, as demand for voice UI developers continues to grow.

This three-week course will help you kickstart your voice developer journey and give you a strong foundation of knowledge in Alexa Skills.

Learning from the experts at Labdox, you’ll be introduced to voice technology, and Alexa, before learning about the future of how we will communicate with technology.

Get hands-on VUI experience

You’ll gain practical experience using the Alexa Skills Kits (ASK) and learn to design an engaging voice user interface (VUI) as you create a voice UI and build a custom Alexa Skill from scratch.

Delving into the Alexa technology, you’ll create your own Alexa Skill with code and learn how to publish it to the skill store.

Explore the history of a voice assistant

To deepen your understanding of voice assistants, you’ll explore the evolution of a voicer user interface.

You’ll also delve into the concepts of voice assistants and identify the differences between voice UI and screen UI.

By the end of the course, you will be ready to create Alexa Skills that your customers or friends will love.

What topics will you cover?

  • What are Voice Assistants?
  • Concepts of Voice Assistants
  • About Alexa Skills
  • Conversational Design
  • Voice User Interface
  • Alexa Skills Design
  • Interaction Models
  • Alexa Backend Creation

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Create your first voice conversation
  • Compare Voice User Interface and User Interface
  • Create Alexa Skills from scratch
  • Classify intents and intent handlers
  • Perform publishing of Alexa Skills
  • Develop coding skills for Alexa
  • Compare the difference between Voice User Interface and Video User Interface

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for developers interested in Alexa Skills.

It is an introductory course for people who want to add custom skills to their Amazon Alexa device.

What software or tools do you need?

  • An AWS account.
  • A Computer with a Good Internet Connection

Who will you learn with?

Founder, Labdox & Serial Entrepreneur | Mission: To help 1M Enablers, Innovators, Entrepreneurs to be self-reliant | Edutech Changemaker | Mentor for Change and a Doting dad

Who developed the course?


Labdox is a global learning provider aiming to help learners acquire entrepreneurial and engineering skills for emerging sectors & technologies. We deliver specialised training that covers numerous engineering and technical disciplines, enabling learners to master new skills and build a strong career.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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