Instructors who wish to use Skype for conference calls in the classroom, please note the following:
- Request for software installation 1 business week in advance of scheduled call. A work order will be generated to help track the request.
- Provide webcam to be used in session so that appropriate drivers can be installed. The webcam needs to be provided to an FCTT technician 1 week in advance. Depending on webcam, instructor may also need to provide a microphone
- Be available to test a 5 minute call between the classroom and destination client. Instructors will setup the test appointment time based on classroom, technician, and destination client availability. Test call should be made 2 to 3 days prior to scheduled Skype call.
- Instructors are responsible for setting up and using their own Skype account.
The Faculty Center for Teaching with Technology will
- Provide technician to install the Skype software on the classroom computer
- Make recommendations on webcam and microphone models
- Provide technician to install the webcam and/or microphone drivers on the classroom computer.
Provide a 10 minute orientation and testing session if needed
Skype Best Practices
- Test video call a few days prior to event. Check audio and video feeds. Test screen sharing if applicable. (Screen sharing only works for Premium Skype accounts.)
- Establish video connection 10 to 15 minutes prior to beginning of event.
- All users should mute microphones when not in use in order to reduce feedback.
- Frame video shot correctly:
- Avoid angles up toward user faces,
- Avoid extreme backlight situations (such as having a sunlit window as a
- backdrop.) Bright, even lighting across subjects is ideal.
- In classroom setting, stand in front of the microphone no further than 10 feet away to ensure good audio broadcast levels.
- End users who are single participants are encouraged to use headsets when available.
- When possible, use a moderator to field chat aspects of the Skype call.