“First Year Education Studies students have been participating in a joint project with students at HAN University in Nijmegen and Arnhem in the Netherlands. An ongoing email correspondence with regard to preconceptions of and stereotyping within England and the Netherlands culminated on Wednesday 25th March with a SKYPE seminar and conversation between students at the two institutions.
Contributions and discussions were lively and both cohorts of students were able to expand on cultural and social traditions in their respective countries. The UoN students will form part of a group travelling on a study visit to Nijmegen in June – it is intended that a meeting with the Dutch students who participated in the SKYPE seminar will form part of their itinerary.” (Tony Smith-Howell)
The students reported that talking with their peers oversees in this way it felt no different from being in the classroom. The tutors are already planning further meetings and online mentoring. They captured their feedback of using SKYPE for the session, via the magic of iPad….. http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/marig
This case study describes using Skype in undergraduate dissertation tutorials
The main aim of this pilot was to allow students attending a University based undergraduate degree course (BSc( Hons) Podiatry) the option of either face to face contact or the use of Skype for a tutorial on their undergraduate dissertation.
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Kyffin Jones, a Senior Lecturer in Special Needs Education for the School of Education explores the use of Skype in allowing students to pose questions to vulnerable young people, and reflect on the role of the media in representations of people with a disability.
Skype in Education (PDF, 74 KB)
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The Learning Technology team are now available on Skype!
We can’t always be where you need us, but Skype allows us to support you remotely using the screen-sharing tool – we can show you what we’re doing on our screens, or talk you through what to do on yours, without either of us needing to travel. Best of all, it works on PCs, Macs, and even some mobile devices, from anywhere in the world. All you need is the Skype software, a Skype account (free), and a headset (or speakers and a microphone/webcam).
If you already use Skype, or if you think this might be helpful for you, why not get in touch with us to find out more. Each of team has a Skype ID, which you can find listed on the Contact Us page in the LearnTech site on NILE.
A couple of weeks ago lecturers from the School of Health and Information Services held a video conference call to colleagues in Malaysia. This was the first time we had all used Skype so I was nervous, but the call went perfectly. The audio was clear, the video sync’d to the speech and it was just like holding a normal conversation.
We also recorded the call using a Skype add-in called Vodburner which means the lecturers can look over the call and review the questions and issues raised.
Overall I was pleased with the way it went and I would encourage other tutors to try out Skype.
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