Creating Email Signatures in Pilot

 

Just as in RaiderMail, you can create a signature that will automatically attach to emails that you compose in Pilot. 
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Making Your Course Active

The default setting of “Inactive” has to be changed to “Active” before your students will be able to view your course.

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Adding Quicklinks in Pilot

 A Quicklink directs users to a web page, a file or another place within your Pilot course. Quicklinks can be used within any Pilot tool that uses the HTML editor.

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Creating a Grade Category

Grade book categories can be used to organize and group related grade items together. For example, you may want to create separate grade categories for Quizzes, Dropbox Submissions, Discussions, etc. By organizing your grades in this way, you can evenly distribute points between grade items in each category, or drop the lowest grade item(s) in a category.

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Importing Components from Your Old Course to Your New Course

It’s easy to reuse content, quizzes, dropbox folders, grade items, discussions and other items from an old course or from a developing course. Use the tool called “Import / Export / Copy Components” to copy components into your new course. You’ll find it under the “Course Admin.” » Read more..

Copy Tegrity Recordings to a New Course

If you made recordings with Tegrity in a past semester, you can use them again in your current course. Here’s how.

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Final Grades in Pilot

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..

Avoiding Firefox Media Blocking

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..

Quick emails to your entire class in Pilot

email buttonPilot 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…

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Some Web Links Blocked in Content Viewer

The Pilot Learning Environment is a secure website, and many external web sites linked to from the Content area in courses come from unsecured sites. Web browsers continue to evolve with how they handle this mixed content on a single page. Recent browser changes have created headaches for many people who like to use mixed content when teaching their online courses. This article below describes the issue in greater depth. » Read more..