Customize Your Course Homepage

The homepage is the first page that your students see when they open your course. When Pilot courses are created, homepages all look alike; there are widgets titled “News”, “Calendar”, “Updates”, and “Content Browser”. A widget is a block of content that provides useful information and links. You can add multiple widgets to your course homepage to customize it for your students’ needs.

The default course homepage cannot be modified, so the first thing you have to do is create a customizable copy of the page. To do this, open your course and choose Course Admin from the navigation menu:


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From the Site Setup menu, select Homepages.




Click on the arrow beside “Course Homepage” and select Copy.


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A new option called Course Homepage – Copy will appear.

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Click on the arrow to select the “Active Homepage”. Select Course Homepage – Copy from the menu. Click on Apply.


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Now that you’ve created the customizeable page and set it as the course default homepage, you can begin to make changes.  Click on Course Homepage – Copy to open the page for editing.


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Scroll to the bottom of the Edit Homepage page. This is where you can rearrange and add “widgets” to your Homepage. From here you can create, edit, delete, customize and preview the widgets for your Homepage.

In this area, you can rearrange the widgets by dragging and dropping them into different positions. By clicking on Add Widgets, you can view a menu of available widgets and add them to your Homepage. Be sure to save your changes before moving away from the page.




Adding Events to the Pilot Course Calendar

The Pilot Calendar tool provides students with a visual display of course events. Events can be displayed in an outside calendar (i.e. Outlook or Google Calendar, as well as iPhone, Android, and Blackberry) by subscribing to the calendar feed.  » Read more..

Email Your Class Through Pilot

Email messages can be initiated from within Pilot. The advantage to doing this is that your students’ email addresses are automatically inserted into the message that you are composing. » Read more..

Activate Your Course!


Your students won’t be able to see your course until you activate it. The courses are set, by default, to be inactive. » Read more..

Submitting Final Grades in Pilot

STEP 1: Converting to a Letter Grade Scheme

In order to submit your Final Grades through Pilot, the final percentage scores in your Gradebook have to be converted to letter grades.

The default Grade Scheme (named “Organizational Letter Grade Scheme”) is set up as follows:

0% – 59% = F

60% – 69% = D

70% – 79% = C

80% – 89% = B

90% – 100% = A

If you use different values in your course, click on Schemes and select New Scheme to create your own.

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Creating a Grade Item in Pilot

Each column in your gradebook represents a Grade Item. Every graded assignment, quiz, etc. has to have its own, individual, Grade Item assigned to it. Grade Items can be grouped under Grade Categories, particularly if you are using a weighted grading system, or they can stand alone, without categories, if you are using a points grading system. » Read more..

Using the Attendance Tool in Pilot

Pilot provides an optional Attendance tool that allows you to keep track of your students’ class attendance. The tool allows you to create multiple registers and customizable sessions within each register. The Attendance tool is not turned on in your Pilot course, but you have the ability to activate it.

Turn on the attendance tool:

Click on Course Admin and then on Tools.


Activate the tool by clicking on the box to the right of “Attendance” so the “x” turns to a “√” .

Making Attendance Active

Create a register

Click on Attendance in the navigation bar and then click the New Register button.

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Name the new register and set a percent attendance threshold if you want to flag students that have missed too many sessions.

Check the Visibility box if you want students to be able to view the register.

Enter the number of sessions that you want to record (minus the first three that are already showing) and click on “Add Sessions”.


Name the Sessions.

Record attendance:

Click on Attendance in the navigation bar. Select the register.


Select the class session.


To record attendance for the entire class, click on Set Status for All Users.


Select the status to assign to all users. Click Save.


To change the status of individuals, check the boxes beside their names and click on Set Status. Click on Save at the bottom of the screen.


Different Register Schemes

If you want to record attendance using symbols other than P (present) and A (absent) you can create a new Attendance Scheme.


Viewing Sent Emails in Pilot

Emails that you have sent to your students from within your Pilot course can be viewed in the Sent Mail folder. Remember that only Sent emails are saved in Pilot; any replies to your emails will be found in your WSU email account. » Read more..

Respondus Quiz Management Tool

Importing Quiz Questions With Respondus

With a properly formatted text file (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .csv, or .txt), you can import questions into Respondus, a quiz generating tool available for download from the ConnectWright web site under Classroom Software (, and publish them to your Pilot course. When you download Respondus from the Connect Wright site, there is a Registration Code file also available that contains the registration information and password. Using Respondus can save a considerable amount of time compared to entering questions individually in the Pilot Quiz tool.

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Assigning User Roles in Pilot

When you add a person to your Pilot Classlist, you have to designate a user role for that person. The role determines what permissions the user has within your course. You can also change the permissions that individual users have in your course. » Read more..