Skype is an online voice- and video-conferencing tool. Millions of people use it every day to connect with friends, family and colleagues. At Shocking Real Life we use Skype for students who prefer to attend either all or part of our courses from a remote location. Here is a link to Skype’s own page of instructions for PC users. Below are instructions on how to use Skype for Macs:
1. If you don’t already have Skype installed on your computer, download it by clicking here and following the very easy instructions to install it.
2. Once it’s installed, click on the Skype icon, go to the upper left corner and click on the “Contacts” link.
3. A new page will appear. In the upper right corner, click on the “Add Contact” button.
4. Paste the email of your instructor in the field under “Add Contact” then click the “Find” button. (No need to utilize the “add phone number” section on the same page.)
5. In the search results field you will see the contacts who match the email you entered. Click the round green button at the right of the contact to send a request to add the contact.
6. A pop-up window will appear with suggested message to send with your contact request (“Please add me as a contact”). Press send . Now your instructor and/or classmates are able to accept your contact request, and we’re ready to start class.
7. Often your instructors and/or classmates will send you a contact request first. If that happens just accept their request.
On the Day of Class:
1. First, accept your instructor’s contact request. They will be sending it to the email you used to enroll in the class. If you’d like me to use a different email, please email them back and let me know.
2. At class time, simply be at your computer with your Skype site open and listen for your instructor to call.
3. On the first day of class, it may take a few minutes for everyonel to connect and iron out kinks as people new to Skype get familiar with it. You know how it is; “I can hear you but can’t see you!” or “I can see you but can’t hear you!” or “I’m trapped under something heavy!” Don’t worry! We’ll figure it out. You’ll be fine!