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Getting Started with Pilot

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Here are some Pilot tips/reminders to help you get started using Pilot.

1. Activate your Pilot course

By default, all courses created for the Spring 2019 term in Pilot are inactive. If you plan to use Pilot for the upcoming semester you will need to make it active. For directions, see Activate a Course.

2. Importing content from a previous Pilot course

It’s easy to reuse content, quizzes, dropbox folders, grade items, discussions and other items from a previous Pilot course. Here’s how: Import / Export / Copy Course Components

3. Send class e-mail

Email messages to your students can be initiated from within Pilot. The advantage to doing this is that your students’ Wright State email addresses are automatically inserted into the message that you are composing: Email Your Class Through Pilot.

4. Impersonate Demo Student

You are able to experience your Pilot course from the students’ perspective by using the demo student that can be added to your classlist by clicking on Classlist on the course navigation bar and selecting “Create Demo Account” from the drop-down menu. Here are the steps for impersonating the demo student account: Add and Impersonate the Demo Student

5. Creating Content Modules and Sub-modules

Before you can add topics (i.e. documents, images, media files, URL links, etc.) to your course, you have to create a module to hold them. Sub-modules can be created within modules to establish a deeper hierarchy: Create Content Modules and Submodules

6. Adding Content Files

One of the first things that you will want to do when you have your new Pilot course is to upload content files (like your syllabus) into your course. First, you will have to create a module in the content area (see Adding Modules and Sub-modules). Once you have created a module, you can upload files into it: Upload Content Files

7. Creating Dropbox Folders

The Dropbox tool enables your students to submit assignment files, in Pilot, eliminating the need for them to email their work to you. When creating the Dropbox, you have the option of enabling the plagiarism-detection tool, TurnItIn: Create Dropbox Folders

8. Creating a Grade Item

You can create grade items for projects, assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc. to include in your grade book, and even associate them with other tools (e.g. Dropbox, Quizzes, Discussions). Learn the steps here: Create a Grade Item

9. Setting up Discussion Forums and Topics

Use forums to organize your discussion topics into categories. Your Pilot course can have multiple forums and topics, but you must create at least one forum before you can create a topic since all topics belong to forums. A forum can have multiple topics, but a topic belongs to only one forum: Discussions

10. Get Additional Assistance

For questions or additional assistance, please contact one of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s instructional designers. Each is associated with some departments, but any of them will be happy to help you.

Greg Asman
(937) 775-3651
Greg’s Departments:
Computer Science and Engineering
Science and Math
Business School
STEM School
Jeff Hiles
(937) 775-3181
Jeff’s Departments:
Education & Human Services
Liberal Art
Lake Campus
Chris Roberts
(937) 775-3943
Chris’s Departments:
School of Medicine
College of Nursing
School of Professional Psychology