The purpose of this bot is to streamline office hour queues in Discord. Recently, schools nationwide and nationally have moved to online learning in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19. While there are an abundant amount of resources online, our recent experiences in office hours have been lacking. As a TA, using breakout rooms in Zoom can often be difficult to manage, and in the context of some classes there can be 50+ people seeking help and 7 TAs to help. How do we handle these students efficiently and personally? Many classes at UVA have moved to Discord - Software Development Methods, Algorithms, Human Computer Interaction, and Operating Systems to name a few. While Discord better accommodates larger group-based interactions, it can still be difficult to manage – the lack of a central means of organization leads to tedious scrolling through names and channels and confusing interactions between multiple TAs attempting to work with students in different channels at the same time. Using Queue Bot and its respective commands allows students and TAs in a Discord server to easily connect, resolving a lot of the overhead and logistical problems with having Office Hours online.
What it does
Queue Bot addresses these issues with a serverwide queue. Students can instantly queue up for help by entering _ ~queue _ in the main channel, and then customize their request as needed with a description. Once they are in the queue, students can remove themselves at any time by entering _ ~dequeue _ in the channel. To check the status of the queue, any user can enter _ ~display _ to receive a message from Queue Bot showing a list of all users currently on the queue and their respective positions. For ease of access, Queue Bot sends all new server members a help menu describing these commands.
How we built it
Our accomplishments, what we learned, and future work
To add Queue Bot to your servers: https://discordapp.com/oauth2/authorize?client_id=693512396698026005&scope=bot&permissions=8
Note that it currently only runs as long as our computer is on.
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