Activities: Skype

Maintained by Picture of AL RachelsAL Rachels
Skype activity plugin module implements a user listing and shows, Create Conference, Create Chat, Send Voicmail, Add Contact, and Send File links to any user who has entered a Skype ID into their profile.
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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 calls, send files, chat, send sms, and use skype cast with your collegues!

New in the 3.6.0 version is groups, Open and Close calendar times, and Next chat time.


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  • Picture of Alejandro Novoa
    Fri, Sep 6, 2019, 12:21 AM
    Thank you for the quick response!!! I actually grabbed the latest version from GIT and it works without any modifications, so all good

    I do have a question regarding permissions. The only settings I can see regarding permissions is the "Manage Entries" and "View"

    Right know I have tested with a student account and a teacher account and both of them can start skype conversations from this module
    Is there a way for only Teachers to start a conversation from this module?
    Thanks again
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Fri, Sep 6, 2019, 12:32 AM
    Since the Skype plugin really just acts like an address book, you could probably achieve what you want with, Restrictions, so that only teachers could see the Skype in Moodle.
  • Picture of Alejandro Novoa
    Sat, Sep 7, 2019, 1:14 AM
    Thanks AL for your very quick replies.
    When setting up a Skype activity, we can set the date and time of the skype call that is going to happen.
    Is there a way to automatically show that in the calendar?
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Sun, Sep 8, 2019, 2:19 AM
    Sorry for the late reply. Hate to say this, but the original creator and current maintainer of the Skype plugin has never added in the code for Skype calendar events. It would also require the addition of some new database fields.
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Mon, Sep 9, 2019, 11:21 PM
    @Alehandro - sent you a private message regarding skype version using calendar events.
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Sat, Sep 14, 2019, 3:45 AM
    For anyone interested, the link listed up above for for this plugin's, Source control URL, will take you to my github for Skype where you can get a branch 3.5.0+ version that implements calendar entries for chattime, timeopen and timeclose.
  • Picture of Miguel Gouveia
    Tue, Apr 7, 2020, 5:48 PM

    After I add skype to a course, when I click the skype activity link on the course page, I get a page with the message:

    "Nobody is enrolled for this Skype type"

    Any idea why? cheers
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Tue, Apr 7, 2020, 11:16 PM
    Hi Miguel,
    To answer your first question re: Coding error the Skype view.php file. Down around line 76, remove or comment out the following line: $PAGE->set_button(update_module_button($cm->id, $course->id, get_string('modulename', 'skype')));
    Your second question re: Nobody is enrolled for this Skype type...if memory serves me correctly this means, no one rnrolled in the course has listed their Skype id in their profile.
  • Picture of Miguel Gouveia
    Wed, Apr 8, 2020, 6:12 AM
    Thanks AL! I will try that and give feedback later smile stay safe!
  • Picture of Tango tano
    Sun, May 3, 2020, 11:47 PM
    Hi AL,
    after fixing this error "Down around line 76, remove or comment out the following line: $PAGE->set_button(update_module_button($cm->id, $course->id, get_string('modulename', 'skype')));"
    I have problems with account students ... the same interface of the teacher appears ... they have the possibility to create conferences, chats etc ..
    how can i disable edit page?
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Mon, May 4, 2020, 2:00 AM
    Do your students see an, Edit button, when they go to the Skype block in Moodle? Mine DO NOT. If yours do, you have something set up wrong. A teacher, even without a Skype ID can edit the Skype activity in Moodle. Students cannot and should NOT see the edit button. However, since this block plugin is more or less, just links to the actual Skype application, they can do anything from the block, that they can do in the actual Skype application. So, in Moodle, students will see buttons for Create Conference, Create Chat, Send Voicemail, Add Contact, and a link to Send File.
  • Picture of Tango tano
    Mon, May 4, 2020, 3:46 AM
    honored for this timely response. Thank you. no edit button....
    that's what students see....

    Time to Skype: Sunday, May 3, 2020, 22:43
    Separate groups: All participants
    Select Photo Name Skype ID Contact
    name teacher image button create conference - chat .....
    name student image button create conference - chat .....

    is it right or should I just see the meeting link?
    Thank you
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Wed, May 6, 2020, 1:15 AM
    What you describe is what they should be seeing.
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    Sun, May 31, 2020, 8:09 PM
    What is the impact of this plugin on my server?
  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Sun, May 31, 2020, 9:46 PM
    Practically nothing. Moodle uses the Skype plugin just to give users a listing of any users that have a Skype ID listed in their profile. If a user decides to contact someone via Skype, the plugin actually links to and opens the Skype application on the users desktop computer.
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