Skype is generally intended as a personal communication tool, for you to use on your own personal computer. This does NOT mean it cannot be used within the classroom, but it DOES mean that HOW you are able to use it will differ from other tools you might have access to within classrooms here at the U of S.
PLEASE NOTE: While we CAN answer question about how YOU can use and troubleshoot Skype, it is NOT a service the U of S provides or owns or pays for so we can't guarantee how well it functions.
The equipment in multimedia equipped classrooms is not always suitable or connected appropriately to use for Skype or other conferencing technologies avaialable for download on the web. Skype software is sometimes NOT installed in the multimedia equipped classroom you may be using. Like all the other scenarios, you have to check to ensure you have the appropriate hardware and software and conduct testing before you can assume that everything will work as expected
Our objective is to provide you, through training and assistance, with the skills and knowledge to be able to use Skype on your own within your classroom. Our staff can assist you by appointment. We have some equipment available to conduct testing and learn the requirements of Skype use in the classroom. Contact Us.
How do I get Skype?
Because signing up for account is a legally binding transaction between an individual and the Skype organization, neither ICT nor eMAP can legally provide Skype accounts for your use.
Why isn't Skype installed on the console computer in the multimedia-equipped classroom I'm using?
eMAP and ICT are coordinating efforts to provide and maintain a set of applications on the multimedia-equipped classrooms that DOES include Skype. If you do NOT see Skype installed, it may be for one of two reasons; either the console computer you are using is NOT maintained by eMAP (some colleges maintain their own) or the console computer is still awaiting an update to the new set of applicationsIn the meantime, eMAP has made provision in many major lecture theatres for you to bring in your own computer to connect to the projection and sound systems in those rooms. In this way, you can ensure that your computer works with the hardware you will be using for Skype.
What do I need to do in order to connect my computer in a classroom that has a media console?
Depending on the room, usually you will need to locate the auxiliary cables. In some cases, these cables are locked in a drawer of the console, in some cases they are lying on top of the console. Plug the VGA cable into your VGA port on your computer. Plug the audio cable (smaller plug that looks like a headphone plug) into the headphone jack of your computer. Plug the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on your computer. Ensure that you select Laptop on the touchpad or switcher located on or underneath the console. Here's a brief tutorial based on how MOST of the rooms are set up. Back to top
Can I record Skype sessions?
Yes, but... To do so requires that you locate and install additional software for Skype. There are several options available, but note that many of these pieces of software have both free and paid versions, where the free version generally restricts you in some way (time limits on recording, watermarks across the recording, etc.). These are software applications like IMCapture.
What kind of extra hardware do I need to make my Skype session successful?
Usually, a microphone (something you can set out for your students to talk into) and a speaker (so your students can hear the presenter), and optionally a webcam. Depending on the room you are in, you may need a computer/data projector. Here are some suggestions for extra hardware for using Skype.