Last Updated: November 3rd, 2016

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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
  • Voicemail
  • 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.

Getting Started

  • 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.

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