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Meet Soma: Your Personalized AI Teaching Assistant
Meet Soma: Your Personalized AI Teaching Assistant

Utilizing AI to create a more inclusive learning environment and transform your classroom into a modern learning haven.

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Written by Vicky Le
Updated over a week ago

What is Soma?

Soma is an AI-powered Teaching Assistant that is set to revolutionize the higher education landscape. Designed to provide 24/7 support for students and instructors while retaining "professor-in-the-loop" capability, Soma elevates the learning experience, making it more accessible, efficient, and collaborative for the entire classroom community.

Soma empowers instructors to easily create their own AI chatbot within their Nectir class channel by simply uploading their chosen course materials, such as the syllabus or weekly readings. All data is stored securely and in compliance with FERPA/COPPA.
With this information, Soma transforms into a personalized AI TA and tutor for each student, accessible 24/7 via the Nectir class channel.

Setting Up Soma

  1. Go to and log into your Nectir account.

    1. Don't have Nectir at your campus? Contact us at

  2. Go to the channel you'd like to set up Soma on (you must be the owner of the channel to set up Soma).

    1. Don't have a channel? Click on the pen and paper icon in the top left corner to create a channel.

      For more on creating channels, check out our "Create a Channel" guide

  3. Once you're in the channel, click on the nectarine icon in the top right to open the Soma tab.

    If you do not see the Soma icon in the top right corner, this may mean you are not the channel owner.

  4. Toggle Soma on and click "Add files from Computer" to upload your desired course materials to teach Soma.
    Accepted file types (file size limit: 100mb)

    • Plaintext: .eml, .html, .json, .md, .msg, .rst, .rtf, .txt, .xml

    • Images: .jpeg, .png

    • Documents: .csv, .doc, .docx, .epub, odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .tsv, .xlsx

  5. Once files are uploaded (it will take Soma only a few moments to get trained), click save!


  6. Chat with Soma in the channel by tagging @Soma in the message. Anyone in the channel can ask Soma questions.

  7. Soma will respond to messages in a threaded response and include the source of that information from the uploaded materials.

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