Skills

What is a skill?

Alexa skills are applications built for the Alexa platform. For personal devices, you can browse available Alexa skills (including UT Dallas’s skills) on Amazon’s website. For devices managed by UT Dallas, you can find enabled skills on this page. Requests for additional enabled skills can be submitted using the feedback form.

How do I ask Alexa about UT Dallas specific information?

Say “Alexa, ask UT Dallas…” and then your question. You can also open the UT Dallas skill by saying “Alexa, open UT Dallas.”

How do I provide feedback to UT Dallas about skills?

Visit the Feedback page to submit feedback.

I have an idea for a UT Dallas Alexa skill. How can I share that?

Visit the Feedback page to submit feedback.

Residence Hall

Can multiple devices be used in one room?

Yes, but only if a different wake word is configured. All UT Dallas-managed devices will use the wake word “Alexa”.

Can my roommate or their guests access my private information from the device?

No, because these devices are linked to Alexa for Business, they cannot be linked to a personal Amazon account and no private information can be accessed or stored.

Can I make a purchase using the Echo Dot?

No, because these devices are linked to Alexa for Business, they cannot be linked to a personal Amazon account.

Can I opt-out of having an Echo Dot in my dorm room?

The Echo Dot placed in your room will be discussed in the roommate agreement process. If you have questions, please contact your peer advisor.

Can the Echo Dot work with other technology?

Although Alexa supports a variety of smart home technology, UT Dallas-managed devices cannot be linked to smart home accounts/skills.

What if my device doesn’t work or malfunctions?

Please contact your peer advisor or front desk.

What happens if I damage or lose my Echo Dot?

Please contact your peer advisor or front desk.

If not muted, does Residential Life have the ability to listen in on my conversation?

No, unlike with a personal Alexa-enabled device where a user can review their voice recordings in the Alexa companion app, Alexa for Business organizations (including UT Dallas) cannot access any voice recordings or text transcripts of what a user said. In addition, the organization cannot see Alexa’s responses to users’ queries. (source)

Can I play music using Alexa? (Spotify etc.)?

Visit the skill listing page for a current list of enabled skills. You can also pair a smartphone or other device to the speaker via Bluetooth by saying “Alexa, Pair”.

What skills will be enabled on these devices?

Visit the skill listing page for a current list of enabled skills.

How do I request a skill be added to the device?

Submit your request through the feedback form.