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Skillsoft Books Access Options: From Your Smartphone

The purpose of this guide is to help VDOT employees select the best ways to access Skillsoft Books when off the VDOT network and using home computers or mobile devices.

Access Skillsoft Books From Your Smartphone

Most of us use smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 to 6 inches. That is not a lot of real estate to work with, but thanks to the free Skillsoft Learning App VDOT employees can now access Skillsoft content from their VDOT-issued or personal smartphones, whether they are Android or iOS.

Complete directions for finding, installing and using the App are available online, but we found the process so easy those may not be necessary.  First try these steps:

Step 1: Select the correct icon below to download the App onto your phone.  


Step 2: Follow the screen prompts to install the Mobile App. 

Step 3: Configure the app to work from VDOT's site address: https://vdot.skillsoft.com

Step 4: Enter your VDOT Username (Lastname.Firstname) and your Skillsoft Books Password

Step 5: If you see a screen like the one here you're in! 
(If not, follow the step-by-step directions in the next section of this guide.)

 

Image of Books24x7 on a smartphone

Screen-By-Screen Instructions: iPhone

Screen 3 of the process for downloading the Skillsoft Learning App.

Step 1:
Download the Skillsoft Learning App (Google Play for Android, App Store for iOS). 

 

Screen 3 of the process for downloading the Skillsoft Learning App.

Step 2:
Touch "Open" to launch the app and then touch "Sign In" to get started.
 

Note: "Try the App" gives anyone access to a few titles. "Sign In" gives you access to VDOT's subscription of 18,000 items.

 

Screen 3 of the process for downloading the Skillsoft Learning App.

Step 3:
Enter "vdot" as the sitename so that the full name displayed is: vdot.skillport.com then touch "Next" 

 

Screen 4 of the process for downloading the Skillsoft Learning App.

Step 4:
Enter your full VDOT e-mail address and your current VDOT network password as shown. 

 

Screen 3 of the process for downloading the Skillsoft Learning App.

Step 5:
If you see a screen that looks like this touch "Done!" and you're ready to get started. 
 

Screen 3 of the process for downloading the Skillsoft Learning App.

Step 6:
You're in and ready to access E-books, audio books, summaries, and videos.

This App is simple to use, but you may be interested in watching this Overview Video

Should I Use the Mobile App or the "Regular" Skillsoft Books Site?

If you want access to Skillsoft Books from a smartphone we advise you to ONLY use the Mobile App.

Do not attempt to access the "full site" for Books24x7 from a smartphone through the URL https://vdot.skillport.com

Why? The result will be screens that look like the ones below and a lot of frustration. Trust us the Skillsoft Learning App is a much better option!

Screen capture of the initial login screen for the "full site" from an iPhone.
The initial login screen looks familiar. It will accept your user name and password.

Screen capture of the second login screen for the "full site" from an iPhone.
However, once in you get this blank screen. 

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