SkillSoft (Web-Based Training)
Learn how to access SkillSoft, Web-based training available to current UC San Diego students. SkillSoft offers you access to hundreds of free online IT courses available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's compatible with both Macs and PCs.
Make sure you're eligible to use SkillSoft.
- Only current UCSD faculty, staff, and students can use SkillSoft. These instructions are for students.
- Alumni or applicants to UCSD are not eligible due to site licensing agreements.
Turn off all pop-up blockers.
- Courses launch in a pop-up window. Be sure to turn off all pop-up blockers, including those in your browser, browser toolbars (Yahoo, Google, etc.), and in security software before launching a course.
- For information about how to turn off pop-up blockers, look in Help for your browser.
- If all else fails, to bypass pop-up blockers, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on a link or button.
First-time users, check compatibility.
- Before using SkillSoft, be sure to link to SkillSoft’s compatibility checker to verify that your system is compatible with the SkillSoft courses.
- Follow the instructions on the page.
- You can also receive an e-mail copy of the page, to use for reference if you need help making the changes. SkillSoft requires a Java applet that is not standard with all browsers, and it must be installed before you can use the system.
- Click SkillSoft.
- When prompted, log in using your UCSD PID and PAC.
Note: There have been intermitted, though infrequent, problems with the login process. If you receive an error message, please try again later. Contact the ACT Help Desk if the problem persists.
- In the left sidebar, click the Catalog to see a list of courses.
- To search for a specific course, enter course key words in the Search for box at the top of the page, then click on the Search button.
Download any necessary software.
- After signing in, you may be prompted to install the latest version of Flash or Shockwave the first time you launch a course.
- Download the software (if you need help installing it, see step 5).
Get technical support, if needed.
- If you have problems with your browser, pop-ups, or installing software, read information about technical support services available to students.
- If you have problems using SkillSoft, click the gray Support button in the left sidebar. You can then choose the method of support you prefer.