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Using Skype as an Academic Tool: Lessons Learned

By Martin Sivula / July 2011

TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
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  • Thu, 15 Mar 2018
    Post by Prasanta Shee

    For conducting online classes with more than 1 student, one can use tools like R-HUB web video conferencing servers, webex, gomeetnow, gotomeeting etc. They work well.

  • Thu, 08 Jan 2015
    Post by piyush_a

    Thanks for the article. I would like to recommend http://preply.com/en/english-by-skype for the best english classes on skype! Thanks!

  • Thu, 25 Aug 2011
    Post by Martin Sivula

    I would definitely consider Skype before purchasing other products. The new business edition has extended features for $4.95 per month. Try creating a small group of test persons... say five or so on Skype. Just talk and instant message to each other, see how that works (no video). Try sending a simple file. There are some other low cost and free extras and "apps" new on Skype.com. Free is always good to try out a new product with the option to buy later. For example, try to experiment with video one to one, and screen share with Skype, this will help you make your future decisions. I have found that screen sharing and voice are adequate for many situations, video is a luxury!

  • Thu, 11 Aug 2011
    Post by Kay Dee

    I found your article on Skype very interesting as I am considering joining an organisation which offers use of their virtual classroom s/w, for £50 a month. I wondered if you would consider Skype a viable alternative to this? From your article it appears that Skype would also offer the functionality of a vc. The vc rental includes advertising and promotion of courses each tutor uploads, to schools/colleges. I am a freelancer so I would need to do this bit myself if I used Skype instead...do you have any suggestions as to how I could go about self-promoting if I used Skype instead? Many thanks.