Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video Facilitating interaction via Skype, part of Moodle: Advanced Techniques.
- If you're looking for an easy way to conduct one-on-one meetings with students, perhaps virtual office hours, or even group conference calls for your class, consider using the Skype activity. Skype is a free online tool that allows people to communicate via text chat, or voice, or video calling. You'll need to load Skype on at least one device and create a Skype account to get started. In addition to the application from Mac and Windows desktop and laptop machines, Skype has apps for a variety of smartphones and tablets. First, "Turn editing on" in the top right corner.
Then, scroll to the Moodle section where you want the Skype activity. If you're using it for virtual office hours, then use topic area 0. Click the "Add an activity or resource" link, and select "Skype" from the list of activities. Last, click the "Add" button at the bottom. On the Skype activity Settings page, enter a name for the activity. I'll put "Virtual office hours via Skype". In the description, be sure to let students know that they need to load Skype on at least one device and create a Skype account to use this activity in Moodle.
Let's look at the settings in "Custom example fieldset". Here, you can set a specific chat date using the "Next chat time" menu. I'll set it for 10:00 AM. Now, you're ready to go. Click "Save and display". On the Skype activity page, you'll see all the participants in the class; teacher, student, teaching assistant, and so on. You'll see contact options next to everyone who has entered a Skype ID in their profile.
With those options, you can "Create a Conference", "Create a Chat", "Send a Voicemail", "Add" that person to your Skype Contact list or send them a file. From here, you and your students are ready to start Skyping. Consider creating additional Skype activities for team projects or study goroups, to give students a way to connect virtually when they're not on campus or at school. In the next video, we'll look at using Facebook elements such as "Like" and "Comment" in your Moodle course.
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