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Skype is a web based video conferencing tool. This conference calling tool can provide a forum for small groups of 2-3 people to talk for free. Skype is a useful tool for one-on-one meetings with a student to advise on or discuss course content, or to meet with small groups of students to discuss group projects.

Research findings from faculty and student interviews and surveys have shown that faculty-student and student-student engagement is one of the main challenges in online courses. Providing opportunities for engage through video conferences is one way to foster communication with and between students.


Please click below for an audio introduction to Skype.


Instructions on How to Use Skype

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Skype.


Please click below for a video demonstration of how to use Skype.

Demo: How to make a free Skype voice call

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Skype

Skype requires a microphone, speakers, and video camera.


Go to www.skype.com to download Skype and make a call.


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Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.


e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. Skype can be used to broadcast a guest lecturer in a traditional face-to-face class and offers the opportunity for the class to engage the person with dialogue. Skype can also be used in an online only class to host office hours. The limit of three people precludes using this technology for synchronous online discussions; and sessions cannot record.