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Skype: Skype

This guide provides an overview of Skype. The program allows users to make voice and video calls, send instant messages, screen share, and share files with other Skype users over the Internet.

New to Skype?

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Download the free software and create your account to begin.


Most computers are equipped with a built in web cam and microphone.  If not, you can purchase accessories for your computer.



Get Help with Skype

For a full list of online video tutorials visit Skype's help page! This step-by-step guides will help you get started using SKYPE in a jiffy. Topics include:

  • How to add a contact
  • How to check your audio and video settings
  • How to keep your profile up-to-date
  • How to send an instant message
  • How to make free voice and video calls
  • How to send files and photos
  • How to call any number anywhere
  • How to share your screen
  • How to send a video message
  • How to make a group call
  • How to make a group video call

Recording Skype

Visit "How can I record my Skype calls?" for a full list of third-party software that supports Skype recordings.

Make sure to visit the Recording, Distribution and Accessiblity tab to learn more about getting permission, captioning, and where you can put your recordings!

What is Skype?

Skype allows you to make voice and video calls, send instant messages, screen share, and share files with other Skype users over the Internet. Use Skype to bring guest speakers and subject matter experts to your classroom, collaborate with colleagues from all over the world without traveling, explore new opportunities, talk with family and friends and just have fun!


Group Video Calls

Skype is now offering group video calling free to all users. Group video calling allows you to have group video calls with up to 9 of your friends at the same time, and this great feature was previously only offered with a Premium subscription. To learn more, visit Skype's support FAQ, What's new with group calling?

Ideas for Using Skype

  1. Host and record a guest speaker or virtual field trip.  Afterwards, distribute the web address for the recording so all the attendees can re-visit this guest presentation.
  2. Collaborate and interact with partner classrooms.
  3. Deliver a lecture both in real life and live over the web, allowing students with difficulties getting to campus (for distance, child-care, work, mobility, or other reasons) to still attend - and ask questions during - your teaching session.
  4. Hold regular online office hours where students can either book an appointment or drop in to see you. With the student's consent, the session can be recorded so they can review any of the advice or guidance discussed during the time.
  5. Collaborate with other colleagues either spread across different campuses, or based at other institutions.
  6. Record important lectures, sharing a presentation or demonstrating complex concepts, so your students can use the recording as a revision aid.
  7. Conduct meetings without having to travel to different campuses.
  8. Encourage students doing group work to use the system to hold their group meetings.
  9. Use Skype for interviews in which the person is not able to make it to the campus.
  10. Present at conferences, lectures, or sessions where you're not able to make it to the location at which the event is being held.