CTS - Setting up a Skype Conference at PSU - Best Practices
Posted by , Last modified by Eric Sauvageau on 24 May 2017 08:49 AM

If you need to initiate a Skype conference at Plymouth State University, we would like to offer you the following suggestions to help make your call successful.

What do I do first?
  1. If you do not already have a SKYPE account, sign up for one. They are free. Just go to www.skype.com and follow the prompts to sign up.
  2. After you set up your account, you will need to send an invitation to SKYPE with the person you will be calling. If you do not know their SKYPE identity already, send them an email and ask for it. You should send your SKYPE ID to the other party in an email.
  3. It sounds silly, but make sure you establish who will be calling who on the day of the call.
  4. For your computer, make sure you test your new SKYPE account BEFORE the day of the call. There is a SKYPE testing service you can call (listed in your SKYPE contacts) that will help you make sure your microphone and speakers are working. Check your camera as well. If you have technical issues, there are good tutorials here: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/fa10613/how-do-i-make-a-call-on-skype?q=guide
  5. For PSU customers, there are SKYPE ready conference rooms on campus. Please contact Mary Hill or Todd Kent for a list. If a room is not available, Classroom Technology Services may be able to bring a SKYPE Kit to a regular conference room (subject to availability). Contact CTS for further information.
On the day of your call…
  1. Pick a location that is relatively free from noise and other distractions.
  2. Make sure the wired or wireless Internet you will be using is reliable. Coffee shops and other public “Hot Spots” are not always the best places to do a SKYPE call. The bandwidth they give you may not be adequate for maintaining a good quality call.
  3. Make sure you are on-line and signed into you SKYPE account at least 10 minutes before your call. This will help keep the other party on schedule.
  4. Dress the part! Don’t forget, we can see you!
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