I've been using Moodle for teaching over a year now, but I want to incorporate using skype since some of my students prefer to have the option of online classes. Has anyone used skype in moodle? How does it work?
Your question got me interested in doing some reasearch, I found a few links on skype. According to the links there is a block that provides this (contributed plugin).
I've tried downloading the Skype module but am getting a webpage not available message. Is there a mirror site available?
EDIT: I found it: http://download.moodle.org/download.php/plugins/mod/skype.zip The link from the Skype modules page was sending out of Moodle. Some research around the web provided the link I just posted. That's for Moddle 1.7-1.9.
Skype for Moodle 2.x is located here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XXV1WKLV
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If I may inject- I have installed skype in moodle many times. I'll see if I can catch Amar and get a better download link.
Here is what it does-
- If a user has skype on thier own compter
- and on profile,
- and if they log into skype,
- and if they have thier privacy settings as indicated in the attached screenshot
then you can add then to your contacts and create group session where you add them to the sessions.
Skype has changed so much in the past few years and even more since Microsoft bought them that quite a few usful to teachers features are no longer a part of skype.
It is actually easier to make an online text assignment
- asking for the student skype ID,
- add them to your contacts,
- then create a skype chat with your class users.
- You can share video and files with them in skype and even set up a 'class meeting' time in skype.
- keeping history allows you to have logs of past events too
I set up a github repository containing the latest known version of Amir's plugin to provide a place for people to grab it or fork it for further development. I haven't been able to get in touch with Amir so far unfortunately, but I'm happy to provide stewardship of the plugin until such time as he wishes to resume development himself.
thanks for setting the skype-plugin github repository.
Please is it working with Moodle 2.6 and 2.7 ? I would be glad to utilize this plugin.
The Skype activity can be made to work in Moodle 2.6 and 2.7, but it has a few things that need to be fixed. The index,php file is not compatible and all of the lines of code that create log entries need to be updated. Right now, it does not have any classes for log entries defined, it needs an addinstance defined in the access.php file, and needs some new entries in the lang file.
I have been working on it off and on over the summer break and just spent a couple hours on it today, but I really should be grading student essays.
If you want it, I can zip up what I have right now and give it to you.
I like Skype, but am not sure how I could integrate it into Moodle. If I did, can you give me some ideas on how it could be used integrated into Moodle?
Perhaps others have used Skype with Moodle. If so, what are its limitations compared to regular Skype? What would be a "typical" use of it?
Looking at other options available in Moodle plugins, by searching video conference and whiteboard, I found live-school, one-to-one, Babelroom, and open openmeetings.
Has anyone had any experience using them on Moodle, as I would love to hear comments about ease of installations and uses.
I haven't used any video conferencing plugins for Moodle, but I have used the whiteboard capability in Justin Hunt's various PoodLL plugins. Works great for they way my students and I use it in class. Instead of having one student at a time try to do "problems" on the chalk board, they "all" do the problem at the same time at their computer. They worry much less about being wrong and embarrassed as I am the only one who gets to see what they wrote/drew.
As to a Skype plugin for Moodle 2.7, see my reply to DOug.
I've tried the Skype Module in Moodle 1.9 (I modified it to correct some errors and reported them to Amir. He didn't respond.) I've also tried out the Moodle 2.x version in the plugins database and it works fine.
However, I'm not all that happy with the way Skype works and some learners have issues with it, although once all users have exchanged and approved each others' Skype contacts, it works better and honestly, I don't see the need for a module in Moodle if they can see who's online when they start up their Skype client. And what if they're using a computer where Skype isn't installed and they can't install it for some reason, e.g. no admin access?
I've found the quickest and least problematic way to set up online video conferencing in Moodle is to use this free and open service: https://appear.in/ (Based in Sweden) although I don't know how long it'll be available for under these terms. Just create an iframe in a Moodle page which embeds the appear.in page. You can password protect "rooms" in appear.in and put the password on the Moodle iframe page or just use very long random room names to prevent random strangers from dropping in unexpectedly.
Personally, I use a web conferencing service that meets my learners' specific needs rather than relying on free clients and services. However, I think peer-to-peer conferencing services are the future of web conferencing rather than the current media server based ones like WizIQ, Adobe Connect, Collaborate, MeetingBurner, etc.
If you want collaborative docs, Etherpad is a good platform too. Here's a free one hosted by RiseUp: https://pad.riseup.net/p/MoodleTestPad but there are lots of them if you look around. Here's the project page: https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite
I hope this helps!
For those who don't know, the implementation of Skype in Moodle in it's current form is that it is essentially just a "phone book" of who does and does not have a Skype ID listed in their Moodle Profile. When you initiate a call or chat from the Moodle Skype activity, it just opens the regular Skype program on your computer to make the actual call/chat.
Since I teach 7th and 8th graders in a face-to-face setting, I don't use Skype in class. I have it available for students to easily get in touch with me for help during the evening and on weekends, especially if they are out of school due to an extended illness or injury.
Yesterday I spent a little time working on the current version and have it so that it is using the new logging system in Moodle 2.7. Right now with developer debugging on, I am not getting any more warnings, but I still have to go back through and do a little clean up to remove lines that I have replaced with new code. If anyone would like to try it out, let me know.
Hello Al, i will love to try this module that you have upgraded so it works with the moodle 2.7, i am building my first moodle site and i will love to be able to add this functionality to it. is there anywhere some documentation in how to install this on the moodle server ? thanks
Install is very easy.
INSTALL FROM GIT
- Navigate to Moodle root folder
- git clone git://github.com/drachels/moodle_skype_activity mod/skype
INSTALL FROM A COMPRESSED FILE
- You can get a zip file of the code at https://github.com/drachels/moodle_skype_activity/tree/master
- Extract the compressed file data
- Rename the main folder to skype
- Copy to the Moodle mod/ folder
- Click the 'Notifications' link on the frontpage administration block