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New SkillPort Training Site Loaded and Catalogued

By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager

As we reported last November, UNT has entered into a new contract with SkillSoft Learning Technologies and as a result, our CBT offerings on the SkillPort website have greatly expanded. We will be leaving the old KnowledgeNet courseware online through May 2007 but the only place one needs to go for their online training is the SkillPort site. That is because KnowledgeNet was purchased by SkillSoft and now all of their training is available at our SkillPort site too. I guess that SkillSoft is kind of like the Borg in that way!

There is a variety of new training on the site including courses on the Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007. Several of the latest Windows server technologies are covered with even more training on Vista, all Windows server types, and Office 2007 scheduled for release by the fall. Additionally, we have a great many new courses in Human Resources and management-related areas as well as project management solutions.

When loading the current UNT curricula catalog, I only loaded the very latest training they had in the applications and developer tools that we all use the most. However, if you are using something more specific to your college or area (like Lotus Notes, for example), please let me know and I will post it for you immediately.


Users of the SkillPort website will be happy to know that there are no new instructions for accessing the courseware. The site looks exactly the same; there are simply more courses to choose from. Everyone should remember two things if they are accessing the SkillPort website for the FIRST time:

1. If you were hired/enrolled at UNT AFTER January 2006, you need to email me - ehinkle@unt.edu - to request a CBT account because we have stopped auto-loading new accounts into the online system (it was becoming too unwieldy to manage).

2. You should make sure that your computer is running the correct browser and java version for the SkillPort courseware. To see instructions on how and where to run this test, read http://www.unt.edu/benchmarks/archives/2005/november05/skillport.htm.

To login to the CBT system go to https://cbt.acs.unt.edu/logon.htm. Log in with your EUID and password:

screenshot of CBT logon page

Click on the Login to SkillPort button (note: if for some reason, you do not have a pre-registered CBT account, you will get an error message after clicking this button. Just email me as instructed above, and I will make your account for you):

screenshot of skillport select button

Click on the Catalog header of the SkillPort homepage to access the UNT Curricula and click on the UNT curricula link to see all of the course catalog headings:

screenshot of where catalog button is located on website

Pick a course you would like to play once you get down to the course listings:

selecting a course

Choose to play the course or bookmark it for later training. It is not recommended that you download the course unless you have a very slow internet connection; the courses run much better from the website:

choose to play back a course

Once the course loads, you have several options: take a test to see how much you already know, play the entire course from the beginning, or select a particular chapter:

table of contents page with options for a course

Another easy way to find training on a topic quickly is to simply search the site for your particular learning issue. SkillPort will return links to sections of all its courseware in order of relevance to your needs (I use this all the time to 'spot train' on a narrow issue):

how to search for a particular topic in all the courseware

Our SkillPort offerings include training that can be used for your current job or for staff development. Simulations and mock tests for a variety of certifications are also available to you. Just in case you want to browse the several hundred titles I have already pre-loaded into the system for easy access, you can view this 44-page-and-growing-PDF here.

For any questions about SkillPort or other online training, please email ehinkle@unt.edu.

 

 


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