Activities: Skype

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Skype Activity Module For moodle 1.9- download can be found here: For all other versions:
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Skype (IPA: [skaɪp], rhymes with type) is a software program created by the Swedish and Danish entrepreneurs Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. Skype allows users to make telephone calls over the internet to other Skype users free of charge, or to landlines and cell phones for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer, short message service, video conferencing and its ability to circumvent firewalls.

With this module, you can make Video calling, send files, chat, send sms, and use skype cast with your collegues!

Note: Old moodle skype module is not available anymore, and I can not support it. This is an alpha release, I will enhance it once I have time.


Big Thanks for AL Rachels for his endless contributions.


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  • Picture of Chris Chapman
    Wed, Nov 16, 2016, 11:38 PM
    Thanks for the rapid response Al! I will update as to whether it works once we've got there, cheers.
  • Picture of ruben costela
    Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 7:23 AM
    For 2.8.8 the version which should I download?thanks
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 11:53 PM
    Sorry, I don't currently have a Moodle 2.8.8 to test with. I would try the one for Moodle 2.9 or Moodle 3.0, 3.1. Either one should work.
  • Picture of Nives Bacun Lebarovic
    Mon, Jun 12, 2017, 2:32 AM
    is this plugin working with moodle 3.2.3? If not, when we can expect version that works? Thank you.
  • Picture of Kushal Khandelwal
    Fri, Sep 8, 2017, 2:40 PM
    Hi AL Rachels,

    Any chance the latest version of the plugin would work with Moodle 3.3 or 3.2?
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Fri, Sep 8, 2017, 10:28 PM
    The current Skype v2.7 for Moodle 3.0 and 3.1 seems to work fine in both Moodle 3.2 and 3.3 as long as you remove or comment out line 73 of view.php, to remove the old style, Update this Skype, button that is deprecated.
  • Picture of Dr. Nellie Deutsch
    Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 6:26 PM
    It seems to work with 3.4, too.
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Tue, Apr 3, 2018, 12:19 AM
    Yes, and also works with the Moodle code in master branch, scheduled to become Moodle 3.5.
  • Jim Judges
    Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 8:13 PM
    I don't suppose this will work with Skype for Business will it?
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 11:32 PM
    Don't know, but it might be worth a try. Basically, all this plugin does is to act as a "phone book" of Skype ID's. If you click one of the contact methods, it runs a script to check if Skype is installed, and if so, it uses it to initiate the contact. Don't know if it matters if it is the common Skype or Business Skype installed.
  • Picture of Diane Villemure
    Mon, Feb 11, 2019, 12:29 AM
    Thank Al for the 3.4 module. It is still working with version 3.6. I'm wondering if the module could be enhanced when the "Group mode" setting is set to separate groups or visible groups that the resulting list ONLY include students with ACTIVE status? Currently, the instructor sees over 200 students (i.e., since the beginning of the course) instead of just the ones in this year's group.
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Tue, Feb 12, 2019, 5:41 AM
    Hi Diane, Sorry to take so long to reply. Been very busy and my wife is extremely ill, but today I had a chance to look at your request. It is actually very easy to add groups to Skype. It basically just needs the missing, function for the supported FEATURES list, added to the Skype lib.php. I have included the code in a message to you. Just copy and paste it after the last function listed in Skype's lib.php file. Once you do that, edit a Skype activity, then save it. I have just one Skype on my front page in Main menu b;ock, and have Main menu set to to show on Any page. After editing the Skype and setting the Groups (I use visible groups) the group selector started appearing right above the list of users, because the view.php file already has the code to make those things show up if the FEATURE is enabled. If you set yours up like mine, you have to create the groups on the front page. Using Boost theme, click the edit gear at top right and select more. Click on the Users tab. Then Select, Groups. I leave that part up to you. Let me know if you need more help.
  • Picture of Diane Villemure
    Tue, Feb 12, 2019, 8:32 AM
    Thank you very much Al. Adding the FEATURE list in the lib.php file worked PERFECTLY. I can now narrow the skype participant list to the current year's group {houray}
  • Picture of Cristian Gomez
    Tue, Mar 26, 2019, 8:43 PM
    its work with last versión of google chrome?
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Tue, Mar 26, 2019, 10:55 PM
    Yes, it does seem to work in the latest Chrome for me.
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