If you have kept your grades in the Pilot course Grades area, then you can easily export your final letter grades to Banner. In the Pilot Grades area, a final grade percentage is compiled from all of your graded activities in the course and this percentage then needs to be converted into a Letter Grade Scheme. Once this is done and they are released to students, the grades are ready to be submitted to Banner. » Read more..
As described in another Barnstormer post, recent versions of Firefox block videos embedded in pages displayed in Pilot. Desire2Learn, the company that makes the technology that drives Pilot, says it is working on a solution. Meanwhile, there are some workarounds. » Read more..
Pilot email allows class instructors to easily create a single message and send it to all students in the course. To do this, just click on Classlist, press the email button, scroll to the bottom of the list and press the “send email” and Pilot will create a blank message addressed to EVERYONE on the class list. Type your content and then press send!
If you have several sections combined into a single class or groups of students within your classes, you can also easily send mass emails only to specific groups or course sections in addition to sending messages to only selected students. To do this…
If students experience difficulty in submitting a quiz in Pilot, then the instructor may need to submit or reset the attempt for them.
Here are the steps: » Read more..
Atomic Learning video tutorials can help students learn software applications from Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and more. Now, you can make custom lists of tutorials in Pilot and your students won’t need to log in twice to view them.
You can add these lists of tutorials as items in the Content area or as links just about anywhere in your course.
To explore what tutorials are available from Atomic Learning, you can log in from the CaTS Online Tutorials page.
Pilot provides for conditional release of almost anything available in a Pilot course by using a feature called Release Conditions. This means you can require that certain conditions be met before a student can access other content, resources, assignments, quizzes, exams, discussions, modules, etc.
A very simple example of this is that a student cannot begin working on course content and activities until they have viewed the class syllabus, grading policies, student expectations, watch the academic integrity video and pass a quiz over it before they can access any other content in your course. Once students have viewed those items, they can then begin the course. » Read more..
With the big blue “Add Participants” button, you can add students, TAs and co-faculty to your courses in Pilot. » Read more..
To see your sent messages in Pilot, go into your course and click “Communication” on the gray navigation bar, then “Email.” The “Sent Mail” button will show messages you have sent from within Pilot. » Read more..
Pilot provides an attendance tool that allows faculty to keep track of attendance in traditional, hybrid/blended and online classes. Flexibility is provided by allowing for multiple registers and customizable sessions within each register allowing for tracking attendance in different types of activities and settings including traditional classes, discussions inside of Pilot, labs, online class meetings with Pilot Live as well as other situations.
To use the attendance tool in Pilot, you must make it visible in your class.