There are many people who live to far away to join into a study group. Some people just don't want to leave the comfort of their home but would like to attend. Other people want to attend as many study groups as possible so having access via Skype is a great way to make this happen.
Augmenting your study group using Skype has been going on for a few years now but many people think they just don't know enough about technology to set it up. Michael McQueen who attends the Anderson's group on Monday nights in Southern California has written something that will help you to set up a Skype session allowing readers from all over the world the ability to attend your study group.
Here's what Michael says "I do the Skype for the Monday Night Group at Kermit's house for the
study. It is not hard but someone needs a Skype account for having group
calls which is about 54 dollars a year. I have everyone check in with
me before hand to let me know who is coming so I can call them at one
time. However some call in late so there is a choice to add them to the
group call when they do. Otherwise a separate call mutes the other
call. We do not use the video since it cuts the band width. You need to set up with people before you do
the group so that they are on your contact list. I use my Apple Macbook
and the built-in microphone going in and out. It works good and we just put it in an
empty chair facing the group. The other thing is, that someone needs to
monitor what is going on from time to time as the study progresses. It is beneficial to
have everyone mute their mic when not speaking so background noise does
not disrupt the group reading and discussing. When they want to speak
they just unmute their mic. I hope this helps, let me know if you need
Love you, Michael McQueen"
If you would like to join in the Monday night study go to Skype and find Michael's Skype name which is 'oceanchild48'. Let him know you'd like to join and he will get you set up. If you'd like to contact Michael via email the address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to join in Pato Banton and Antoinette's study group it happens Sundays at 12pm and 6pm. The Skype address is 'patobanton123'
And, on Fridays, if you're interested in an advanced study of the papers join Chris Halvorsen by searching for the username 'perfectinghorizons' at 7:15 MDT.
To set up a Skype account go to: http://www.skype.com/en/
This is a great way to grow your study group, meet new people, create more conversation and gain new perspectives in your study group. Give it a try! It's easy!
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