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Skype

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Advantages  Disadvantages
 Free Must have a computer and internet access in order to use
Easy to use Limited customer service
Video calls allows the participants to see each other Slow internet speeds could create low quality performance in calls
Downloadable software Customers could experience technical difficulty with mic or webcam.

 

 

Summary

Skype is a video conferencing system that allows members to connect with each other via the Internet and conference either by video, audio, or instant messaging.   

Skype uses VoIP to send voice over an Internet connection instead of standard phone lines.  It is used for all sorts of activities, such as personal conversations between

friends or family, professional meetings, and student collaboration.  With Skype, you can share a story, celebrate a birthday, learn a language, hold a meeting, work with

colleagues – just about anything you need to do together every day. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you - on your phone or computer or a TV with Skype

on it. It is free to start using Skype - to speak, see and instant message other people on Skype for example.  Skype is a great synchronous tool for distance education

students to use when appropriate.  Occasionally the traditional email or discussion forum is simply not enough to communicate with group members or other students. 

 Skype is an easy alternative for students to utilize in collaboration.  The cost is free and the start up requirements are minimal.

 

Who would benefit

Anyone can benefit from using Skype.  I use Skype to keep in touch with family as we live on different continents.  Educationally, I have used Skype to complete a group 

project for a different graduate course.  Email lacks the ability to ask and clarify questions as you discuss roles and topics, so Skype made a group meeting possible.  

For business, I conducted my job interview for my current position through Skype with 5 people who were in 5 different countries.

 

Creativity / Higher Order Thinking

Research has shown over and over that learning is fertilized through collaboration with other students and the instructor.  Skype eliminates the distance referring to location.  

Students in different locations have the flexibility to unite via Skype.

  

 

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