Earlier in this week I shared a post that explains the usefulness of Skype App in academics now I share with you here some different techniques of Skype, you can utilize Skype with or without headset, microphones, and/or speakers (in the text or pure image or visual form). To set up an educational society you just add contacts or ask them to add you to their contact directory. When you obtain their acceptance, give them a concise welcome and begin Skype contact and instructional connection. Once you set up your contacts list, you can also change your charisma on Skype (how others will see you electronically). For example if you do not desire to be bothered then “Do Not Disturb” can be chosen. A green symbol shows your “online” position and you are prepared to go!
From Teacher to Student
Always tell your learners if they see the green symbol (online), it will be fine to ask questions on the instant messaging. Within the symbol is the figure of any new communications sent to you. The pupils get instant response. Skype automatically keeps a record of the text communications you have with all your learners and/or clients. This function also works asynchronously in that you can leave a message and the next time they log in they will obtain it. If you are advising learners this is priceless as you historically can sight your archived text communications, which gives you a written record of your discussion. Another ease is you can also share files within your text communications (and of course there is a record of what was sent). You can also send files asynchronously, when one person is not online. So you can receive assignments and download them to folders on your personal computer. Here I will sometimes create a personal folder for each student. I utilize Dropbox, which allows me way in to the learners’ folders on multiple electronic devices and/or different computers.
Many of my courses engage a group and/or collaborative project, more recently a collaborative research project (CRP). Design of this type of assignment was informed by “engagement theory,” which states that learning activities should:
(1) Occur in a group context;
(2) Planned or project based;
(3) Have an external focus;
The hypothesis goes on to state that learners are essentially aggravated due to the significant nature of the learning situation and behavior through communication with others on valuable tasks. With this type of task, whether done conventionally or online, problems occur within team communication. Skype aids team communication by permitting users to build groups. So groups can distribute information within their group. Several of my student groups have used the video conference feature as they consider it adds to the group procedure and tasks that they need to achieve. Sometimes learners chat to other learners in their course using this feature additionally. They talk about content, pending tasks and projects. The “study group” education function of Skype came out from the Skype application itself.