Using Skype in MGSE

Using Skype in MGSE
Skype has become an important communication tool over the last few years for both video and voice based communication. Skype is being used within MGSE for business meetings, interviews, teaching, classroom activities and multiple other purposes.

How do I use Skype in MGSE?

1.) Skype as a video conference replacement
The Kwong Lee Dow Centre (KLDC, Q.209) can be used for group video calls using Skype. As the KLDC is pre-configured for videoconferencing this venue allows for groups of up to 20 people to participate in a Skype call within the venue by using a ‘pan, tilt, zoom’ camera and the placement of multiple microphones.
A technician will be present for your booking and will manage the technical side of the conference so that you can concentrate on your meeting.

KLDC

2.) Skype in a meeting room
The meeting room located in the MGSE Business Centre (L.315) has been configured with a ‘Logitech TV Cam HD’ which allows Skype calls with no extra equipment. This equipment can be used for connection to a single site using video or can be invited to group audio calls.

3.) Skype for a small group
The small video conference room (Q.216) has a Skype-enabled TV which is suitable for 1 to 4 people calling a second site for a video conference. We also have a PC connected to this screen to allow for standard Skype calls including group video calls.

LG-TV

4.) Skype on your computer
Skype may be used on the University Network in the course of work or study at the University, subject to appropriate bandwidth management measures being in place.[2]
Once having Skype installed onto your computer, you may find that you need a camera and microphone. We have several “Skype Kits” available for loan via the ed-IT Help Desk, each containing a powered USB hub, a Logitech USB Webcam and a Logitech desktop microphone (with echo cancellation) – perfect for looking good in your Web Conference [3].
An extra note; where ever possible connect to the LAN rather than using wireless when using a Skype video call the extra bandwidth makes a huge difference.

Skype Kit

5.) Skype in Teaching Spaces
All Learning Environment lecture theaters have Skype installed, but the built in camera and microphones are not always suited to the lecture theatre environment. We have several “Skype Kits” available for loan via the ed-IT Help Desk, each containing a powered USB hub, a Logitech USB Webcam and a Logitech desktop microphone (with echo cancellation) – perfect for looking good in your Web Conference [3].
For more complicated Skype configurations such as setting up for a conference, please contact us to assist with the AV requirements.

Bookings:
Bookings via http://servicedesk.unimelb.edu.au/mgse/form_other.php

LINKS:
[1] Kwong Lee Dow Centre – for all your video conferencing needs. http://education.unimelb.edu.au/kldc/

[2] Policy: Skype on the University Network. http://www.unimelb.edu.au/infostrategy/policies/docs/skype.pdf

[3] Looking and sounding good in your Web conference. http://go.unimelb.edu.au/6sxn

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