Skype for Business is an enterprise wide collaboration tool offered under
UBCIT’s Collaboration Suite. For Faculty of Medicine administrative users, it offers web and videoconferencing from your desktop.
UBC Skype for Business offers flexible ways and convenient ways to meet from your desktop via:
Real-time communication: Instant Messaging (IM) facilitates an immediate, continued exchange - less intrusive than a phone call but more immediate than email.
User Availability: Users can indicate if they are available, busy, away, or offline, with an option to set their current location.
Virtual one-on-one meetings and group meetings: Conduct meetings without scheduling a physical meeting space.
Joining a Faculty of Medicine bridge meeting: dial in through UBC Skype for Business from your desk.
Invite non-UBC and non-Skype users to join meetings: External users can now join a secure UBC virtual meeting through their web browser using the Skype for Business web app.
Learn more about UBC IT’s Collaboration Suite.
How to Join a FoM VC Bridge Meeting using your UBC Skype for Business Account:
You can join a Faculty of Medicine VC Meeting directly from Skype for Business. To do this, you will need the bridge ID from the meeting invitation (e.g. 30226). Type <bridgeID>@vc.ubc.ca into the search bar and the meeting room will appear below:
To join the meeting, double click on the icon and the box below will open. Click the camera button and “Start my video” to joing the meeting,
Request Skype for Business:
Please contact the MedIT Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-266-0666 if you are interested in using Skype for Business or assistance with getting started.
Health Authority/Non-UBC Users
If you are employed by a Health Authority or a partnering organization and use a device that is not supplied by UBC, you may be eligible for Skype for Business from your own organization. The following organizations have rolled out Skype for Business and connected with UBC's Skype for Business network:
- Fraser Health Authority
- Interior Health Authority
- Provincial Health Services Authority
- Providence Health
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- Northern Health Authority
Please contact your local IT representative to request an account and you can refer to our FAQs below regarding how to add external federated contacts.
Where Can I Get Help Using Skype for Business?
If you need immediate help with Skype for Business, contact the MedIT Service Desk for immediate assistance:
What You’ll Need
We recommend you follow these guidelines when selecting a microphone for desktop video conferencing:
- USB headset with in-line controls.
- Dedicated microphone boom-arm.
- Noise-Cancellation technology.
Both the Jabra UC Voice 750 MS and Logitech USB Headset H390 meet our guidelines for desktop video conferencing microphone. Note that some cameras have built-in microphones.
Desktop videoconferencing users should use a webcam that has been tested by MedIT (USB options are recommended for ease of use). We recommend you follow these guidelines when selecting a webcam for desktop video conferencing:
720p or higher
Dedicated UBC webcam
The Logitech HD Pro Webcam (C920) meets our guidelines for desktop video conferencing webcams.
How to Order
If you need to obtain a headset and/or webcam, please contact your usual equipment procurement support group. Applicants with Faculty of Medicine computers can order equipment using the
Hardware & Software Order Form.
Call the MedIT Service Desk at 1-877-266-0666 with any additionally questions regarding Desktop VC equipment.
Below are commonly asked questions related to Faculty of Medicine’s use of Skype for Business. Please visit UBCIT’s Skype for Business FAQs for more general information and tips.