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Real-time communication that is facilitated between two or more people using audio and video equipment. The level of sophistication can vary, from popular apps that are compatible with a range of devices (e.g., Microsoft’s Skype or Google’s Hangouts) to platforms that require specific hardware and software (like DePaul’s Polycom system).
Holding virtual office hours can give your students more opportunities to receive one-on-one guidance from you, since meetings do not need to be held on campus. You can designate a certain time you’ll be available online, or you can offer to connect by appointment. In any case, be sure to list your schedule and instructions for connecting in your syllabus.
Bring the world to your students by connecting with experts in the field, whether they are across town or across the globe. Just like you would invite a guest speaker into your physical classroom, make sure you communicate with your guest what your objectives are and how long you expect him or her to speak. Consider recording the discussion so students can access it later.
Videoconferencing can help students work on projects together outside the classroom, especially when used in concert with a collaborative tool like Office 365 or Google Docs. Students can discuss their progress, share their work and decide on next steps, all without having to be in the same place together. Students can even collaborate with their peers at other institutions--including international ones. DePaul’s
Global Learning Experience is a good example of how faculty can structure these types of cultural exchanges.
A collaborative space in the Loop Library(DePaul Center, Room 10001) that is equipped with large displays, a computer, moveable seating, and more. This room can be used to host videoconferencing sessions through Skype or a similar VOIP application. This is a shared space that is designed to promote collaboration among faculty. If you would like to reserve the space for a collaborative event, or would like more information about the space, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Skype for Business (formerly Lync) is a communication and collaboration solution for DePaul's faculty and staff.
Have a question for a colleague in another department? View their status and send a quick IM. Editing a document with a coworker off-campus? Skype's screen sharing feature makes it easy to simultaneously work on a document without the need for repetitive file exchanges. These are just a couple of the many ways Skype for Business helps you save time and resources as you work.
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