Upgrades coming to Skillport online training platform

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – On July 2 and 3, the Office of Human Resource’s Center for Workplace Learning & Performance (CWLP) will be upgrading its online learning system, Skillport. Faculty, staff and volunteers who need to complete any trainings, including the University’s Building a Safe Penn State: Reporting Child Abuse training program, are encouraged to do so ahead of time as Skillport will be unavailable during those dates. Credit for courses completed prior to the upgrade will be carried over to the new system.

Along with a new user-interface, the upgrade will provide a tablet-friendly environment, allowing users to complete trainings from any tablet device, anytime, anywhere. In addition, the new version will be Java-free when using browsers such as Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox, Chrome or Safari 5.0 or higher. This will eliminate the need to download extra plug-ins or the latest version of Java.  

“With the increased demand for online learning, we’re excited about the upgrades we’re rolling out.” said Sue Cromwell, director of the CWLP. “We’re excited that we heard from so many of our users and were able to address their concerns with this upgrade. The entire platform is designed with your schedule in mind. You can start a course on your tablet and complete it on your PC. Faculty and staff will be able to better manage their learning by gathering sets of development opportunities, creating a customized learning plan.”

Skillport offers more than 800 free professional development courses to faculty and staff. Implemented by CWLP in 2013, Skillport currently hosts materials and courses on a wide array of Business Skills topics and also is Penn State’s platform for required training, including the Building a Safe Penn State: Reporting Child Abuse training and the Clery Act Training for Campus Security Authorities.

For additional details and tutorials on using the new system, visit http://ohr.psu.edu/learning/online/upgrade/. Additional questions should be directed to the Office of Human Resource’s Center for Workplace Learning & Performance at learning@psu.edu.

 

Last Updated June 10, 2014