Skype is a free, downloadable software package that uses the internet to provide a real-time interactive environment designed for use in distance communication. Skype allows users to make voice and video calls over the internet. Computer-to-computer calls are free, while there is a nominal fee for calls to landlines or cell phones. Group calls can mix computer-to-computer calls and phone/cell phone users, and may host up to 25 participants.
Skype includes multiple real-time features to aid in the simulation of a face-to-face meeting or discussion.
These tools include:
- Free Skype to Skype calls
- Calls to cell phones and landlines
- Group Calls
- Call Forwarding
- Caller Identification
- Video Calls
- Group Video Calls
- Instant Messages
- Text Messaging
- Group IMs
- Sending Files
Application to All Courses
- Extends the boundaries of the traditional classroom.
- Allows live discussion in synchronous distance learning.
- Engages students through the use of real-time interaction.
- Encourages collaboration among students and instructors.
- Allows for participation from any computer, landline, or cell phone thus enabling guest speakers and lecturers.
- Instructors can hold virtual office hours.
- Allows for one-on-one instruction or tutoring.
- Mock interviews
The following links will open examples in a new window.
- Skype essentials: Skype provides free tutorial videos on a variety of subjects including adding a contact, checking audio and video settings, keeping your profile up-to-date, sending an instant message, making free voice and video calls, sending files and photos, and more.