Skype is a software applicationthat allows users to make voiceand video calls and chat over theInternet. The service is free if the other user also has aSkype account.Pedagogical Uses Distance tutorials with students Be available for ‘ask me’ sessions.Research Uses Distance meetings with collaborative partnersInstalling SoftwareSkype is installed on all computers across the University,but if you would like to install on your home computer/smartphone: Go to http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/get-skype/ Find the appropriate ‘Get Skype for…’, and allow the programme to extract itself. Once an icon like this appears, you can log in.Setting Up an Account Go to http://www.skype.com/ & click: You can register using your Facebook account, or follow the straightforward instructions.
Defining Your Profile Go to Skype Profile Edit Profile Ensure you add a picture,; information ‘About Me’.Finding Contacts Go to ‘Contacts’ ‘Add a contact’ You can search for contacts via their email address, name, or (most efficiently), if you know their Skype name.Have a Conversation Click on a user Choose whether to have an audio or a video call. Chat via voice and/or text. Press the ‘telephone icon’ to end the call.Group ConversationsMultiple users can talk toeach other via Skype, butvideo is only available with apaid option.These tips are to get you going with Skype. There areplenty of other features. Get on and have a go!