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What is Skype?

Skype is an instant communication and messaging tool which is suitable for both personal and educational use. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you - on your phone, a computer or even a TV. It is free to start using Skype - to speak, see and instant message other people on Skype. You can share screens and even try out group video sessions.

On subsciption you can do more things and involve more people.

Why use Skype?

Skype is a great tool to use for communicating with remote individuals and small groups. In an educational environment it can be used to:

  • run 'virtual' sessions with students not able to attend face-to-face sessions
  • carry out remote feedback and assessment sessions, with individuals or groups of students and colleagues
  • incorporate guest speakers or demostrators into a lecture who are not able to attend in person
  • enable remote global students to work together in collaborative sessions.

Skype also:

  • supports video, audio, screensharing and instant messaging
  • can have up to 25 members on calls, although only five webcams simultaneously.

Note: Skype is recommended for small meetings. Online lectures and seminars should be conducted using GoToMeeting.

How does it work?

If you are an academic or a student you can use your Bournemouth University email account to access Skype for free:

  • you can register any email address to access Skype, or access via facebook or linkedin
  • users without PC system admin rights on BU Campus will need to liaise with IT Services to get access to Skype.

Start using Skype (Free version):

  • Go to join Skype
  • A profile must be created with a unique Skype username and password
  • Read and agree the terms and conditions. Click on the "I Agree" button
  • You will receive an email confirming your user account with a link to download the Skype application to your desktop.