Campus Technology Services

Taking Steps for the Future

Skype Web Conferencing

About Skype
You may have used Skype before from home to see and communicate with friends or family.  For those that might not have used it before, Skype allows you to communicate with someone online using your computer, a webcam and a microphone. Skype requires that both people have an account created with them.  Once you are both logged in, one can "call" the other to initiate a conversation.  

Skype is good for one-to-one or one-to-a-few communication.  Currently, Skype offers the ability to have a group call with up to three people.

Use Cases
When might you use Skype on-campus?  Perhaps you need to collaborate with another person at a different university for research or a presentation for an upcoming seminar or conference.  Perhaps you would like to invite a presenter into your class, but they cannot be physically present.  You could "call" them on Skype and present them to your class using an Advanced Technology Classroom (ATC).

Requirements for Using Skype
To use Skype, you will need the following:

  1. You need to create an account with Skype if you do not already have one.
  2. You will need to download the Skype client application to the machine you wish to use it on.  Please see the "Campus Locations of Skype Installations" on this page for where Skype is currently installed on campus and how you can install it on your campus-owned computer.
  3. Each participant will need to have a microphone so they can be heard.  If video will be used, a webcam will also be needed.  You can opt to use the microphone and video camera that came with your computer or use separate headsets and webcams.

Campus Locations of Skype Installations
All ATCs have Skype installed on the podium computer. 

If you would like to have Skype installed on your office PC computer, you may do so from the LanDesk Desktop Manager.  Simply follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the Start Menu->Programs->LANDesk Management->Desktop Manager. 
  2. In the window that opens up, click the checkbox next to "Skype"
  3. Click the "Deploy" button.
  4. Wait for the installation to complete before trying to use.