Skype for the Digital Classroom: Synchronous Communication and Collaboration

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2012 - March 21, 2012

Donna Carter

Instructional Designer II
Bellevue University

Sonya Leeds

Course Designer with the Innovation Group
Bellevue University

Many instructors in the corporate and academic environment are realizing the need for synchronous elements in their online classrooms, and are seeking an inexpensive and effective environment for real-time communication and collaboration. This session will present ideas on how to use Skype’s functionality to achieve these goals.

Participants in this session will learn alternative and innovative ways to provide information to online learners in a synchronous environment using Skype functionality to address these needs. You’ll get a brief overview of the technical requirements and the Skype functionality most relevant to online learning, see demonstrations of the functionality, and learn best practices and steps for implementation.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How synchronous elements can enhance online instruction
  • The Skype functionality most relevant to online learning
  • Technological requirements for using Skype
  • Best practices and ideas for using Skype for learning
  • Suggestions for implementation and the potential obstacles

Audience: This session is for individuals interested in learning about Skype functionality and how to use it in their online classrooms.


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