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CGS 1060 SkillPort® Notes


In an effort to reduce the financial burden on students, the college has acquired access to an extensive assortment of online educational resources from a service named [SkillPort®]. These resources include a vast collection of online interactive textbooks named "Books24x7" and a set of hands-on training activities referred to as "Learning Events" that students can work through as often as needed to master the assigned material. Each learning event has an online test associated with it that the student can take to determine his or her proficiency. These can also be repeated as needed.

The Course Schedule section of the posted class syllabus for your class lists the reading assignments, online learning events, project deadlines, and exam dates. For more information about the course projects and exams, read the CGS 1060 General Notes. The remainder of this document relates to use of the online textbook and interactive Learning Events that students will find on the [IRSC SkillPort® server].

Before Logging into IRSC's SkillPort Server

Before you attempt to begin a session using the SkillPort Server, you should check the configuration of the web browser program that you are using. Public computers, such as those in college classrooms are often reconfigured to use settings that conflict with those required to successfully connect to the IRSC SkillPort Server. The instructions below describe the steps needed to configure the Internet Explorer web browser for connection to the IRSC SkillPort Server. Other brands of browser program may require similar settings. Once these settings have been made, you should not need to do them again, unless someone else changes them or your software is reinstalled. If you have trouble connecting to SkillPort, call their Technical Support number at 1-866-754-5435.

Before initiating a session with SkillPort:

  1. Click on the Tools button at the top-right area of the window.
  2. When the drop menu appears, select Internet Options.
  3. When the Internet Options dialog box appears, click on the Delete button in the center of the dialog box
  4. When the Delete Browsing History dialog box appears, select (click the box to check) at least the boxes in front of Temporary Internet files and Cookies. Then click on the Delete button below them.
  5. When the Internet Options dialog box is revealed again, click on the tab labeled Privacy at the top of the dialog box. Then click on the button labeled Advanced.
  6. When the Advanced Privacy Settings dialog box appears, select (click the box to check) Override automatic cookie handling. Then click on the OK button.
  7. When the Internet Options dialog box is revealed again, uncheck the checkbox labeled Turn on Pop-up Blocker in the center of the dialog box. Then click on the OK button.

Logging into IRSC's SkillPort Server

To login to the IRSC SkillPort Server:

  1. Type (or click on) the following web address ( without the brackets [ ] ):
         [ http://irsc.skillport.com ]
  2. If you receive any security warnings, read them carefully, but you can configure your web browser to trust content from the SkillPort servers as described on the screens you read or as explained on the [SkillPort® Support server] at:
         [ http://support.skillport.com ]
  3. When the login screen appears, enter your IRSC student ID (in lowercase) as both your User ID and your password.
  4. Typically, the first time that you login, the system will require that you set a new password for yourself by displaying a dialog box entitled "Update your Profile". You should type the following information in the textboxes:
    1. Enter a new password below the words "Enter you new password". You will not be able to see what you type, so type carefully. Also remember that the password is case-sensitive. Then type your new password again in the Confirm your new password textbox. Be sure to remember or make note of your password in a secure place.
    2. The system will expect you to select a security question that can be asked by SkillPort to confirm your identity if you even need to change your password. Left click on the word "Select"in the box below the words "Security Question" to produce a drop-list menu of possible standard questions. Select one of them by left clicking on it. Then type a valid answer to that question in the Answer to Security Question textbox.
    3. At the bottom of the dialog box, left click on the Submit button to complete the update process.
  5. If you want to change any of your personal information later, you can follow the steps below:
    1. Click on the "My Profile" link at the top of the window.
    2. Click on "Update Your User Profile".
    3. Fill in the textboxes defining your first name, last name, and email address.
    4. Below that, enter: your old password, and a new password. You will not be able to see what you type, so type carefully. Also remember that the password is case-sensitive. Then type your new password again in the Verify Password text box. Be sure to remember or make note of your password in a secure place.
    5. At the bottom of the page, use the Security Question drop-list to select a security question to be used in case you forget your password. Then type in the answer in the Answer to Security Question text box below.
    6. Click on the "Update Profile" button.
  6. Most of your work on the IRSC SkillPort server will involve using the "My Plan" list which can be fully displayed by clicking on the "MY PLAN" shortcut atop the leftmost column in the SkillPort window.
  7. To logout, simply click on the link labeled "Log Out" in the upper righthand corner.

Online Textbooks

To access the "Books24x7" list of online textbooks selected for this course, you must first "enroll" in the book list by performing the following steps:

  1. Login to your SkillPort account. (See above.)
  2. At the top of the leftmost column, click on the shortcut labeled "MY PLAN" for a complete list of Learning Events.
  3. Click on the revealed learning event labeled "Gibson_CGS1060_Books".
  4. Illustration of enrollment buttonIn the center of the window, beneath the Learning Event labeled "Gibson_CGS1060_Books", you should see the words "Never Enrolled" and beneath that a green icon in the shape of a looped arrow. If you don't see it, then you have already enrolled can access the online list of "Books24x7" as described beginning with step 1 in the next numbered list. Otherwise, you should hover your mouse pointer over this "Enroll" icon and:
    1. Click on the green "Enroll" icon.
    2. A "Confirm" dialog box should appear with the message: "This asset is already assigned to you. Would you like to create a personal My Plan entry to track personal goals and due dates?"
    3. Click on the "No" button.

After that you should be able to access all of the books in the list without having to enroll again by simply:

  1. Click on the learning event labeled "Gibson_CGS1060_Books". You might have to scroll down to find it.
  2. Click on the title of the book you want to read.
  3. Click on the chapter or section title that you want to read.

There may be a delay as a book's data is loaded to you computer, especially if you use dial-up Internet access.

Hands-on Online Learning Events

To ensure that students develop proficiency with the course content, a set of hands-on training activities referred to as "Learning Events" has been selected on the [IRSC SkillPort® server]. Students can work through these activities as often as needed to master the assigned material. Each learning event has an online test associated with it that the student can take to determine his or her proficiency. These can also be repeated as needed. Do not confuse these Learning Event tests with the course exams that you will take using the Assessment objects on the . To do a SkillPort Learning Event, performing the following steps:

  1. Login to your SkillPort account. (See above.)
  2. Near the top of the leftmost column, click on the shortcut labeled "MY PLAN" for a complete list of Learning Events.
  3. Scroll down to the "Learning Event" that you want to run, but do not click on it. Instead, hover over it and you should see a link labeled "[Launch]" appear to the right side of the title.
  4. Click on the [Launch] link. The Learning Event will be downloaded into a separate browser window entitled "SkillSoft Course Player...". This download might take a while. Be aware that the authors of the Learning Events refer to them as "courses" within each event, not to be confused with your college course CGS 1060. Each Learning Event (course) displays its own "Course Menu" listing separate topics of instruction, each with its own proficiency test.
    Illustration of SkillSoft Course Player Window
    As students complete the hands-on learning activities in each topic, the system indicate their progress (partial or completed) by filling in a circle in the Status column on each topic's row. An empty circle indicates an unstarted topic. A half-filled green disc indicates a partically completed topic. A fully filled green disc indicates a completed topic.
  5. You are welcome to try the proficiency test before selecting the associated topic if you believe that you are already proficient with that topic. Remember that the proficiency tests may be repeated as often as you choose. A minimum score of 70% is required on each topic, but your points earned on the SkillPort Learning Events will be based on the average of all attempts. To take a test, just click on the "Take Test" link next to any topic. Test scores are displayed for each topic in the "Current Score" column.
  6. Illustration of Home buttonTo participate in a Learning Event, click on its topic title. Then use the navigation buttons (Next, Previous, Home, etc.) at the bottom of the event window to move through the event. Be aware that many of the events are interactive and will require that you perform steps as described on the screen before clicking on the Next button (a right pointing arrow at the bottom of the window) to advance to the next page of the event. To exit a topic, click on the Home button (shaped like a house at the bottom of the window).
  7. After completing each topic, take the test associated with it before moving on to the next topic.
  8. To exit a Learning Event, click on the [x | Exit] button at the top of the event window.

Understand that you can stop any topic or test at any time by using the Home button (shaped like a house at the bottom of the window) and then restart it again later. Each Learning Event displays a table indicating the completion status and the current score earned on the proficiency test for each topic in the event. You may review or repeat these at any time.

Getting Help on SkillPort

Technical support for the [IRSC SkillPort server] is provided by the [SkillPort Support service] rather than by the IRSC eLearning Support service or by your instructor. The SkillPort Support service is available 24/7 by phone at 1-866-SKIL-HELP (1-866-754-5435) or online at:

     [ http://support.skillport.com ]

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