Intro to Pilot: Administration

This is an online version of the CTL's "Introduction to Pilot" workshops for faculty. To view the videos, you'll need QuickTime Player, a free download. You will also find the videos in iTunes U, where you can easily put them on your iPod.

These Tutorials were Made with an Earlier Version of Pilot

In the new version, many of Pilot's tools work the same as before, but the interface may have changed. To reduce clutter, many options have been tucked into expandable menus. Look for small, downward-pointing arrows next to key labels and headings. You can access many actions by clicking one of those arrows.

41 Creating New Customized Widgets

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The separate items contained in rectangular windows on the front page of your course homepage are widgets. Each widget is a program that has a specific function. In addition to the widgets you see on your homepage, you can create your own customized widgets and add them to your course homepage. Here is how to do this:

  1. Search for pre-built Widgets on the Internet or find a video in YouTube (suggestion “Plagiarism: Don’t Do It” YouTube video). Copy the embed code that accompanies the widget.
  2. Click on Homepages in your Course Administration widget.
  3. Click on Widgets on the left side Course Admin Tools menu.
  4. Click New Widget.
  5. Give it a name. Click Save.
  6. Click Content. Click in the lower left corner of the HTML Window to select the HTML Source Editor. Paste in the embed code that you copied from the widget.
  7. Click Update.
  8. Click Save.
  9. Click Preview Widget.

42 Modifying Course Homepages

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There is a default course homepage in place for each course. If you would like to modify your course homepage by adding or changing widgets, here is what to do:

  1. Click on Homepages in your Course Administration widget. Another place to do your course administration edits is to click on Edit Course on the right side NavBar.
  2. Click Homepages.
  3. Click Copy (icon with double pages) to copy your current homepage.
  4. Click on hyperlink to new homepage.
  5. Click on Content/Layout tab.
  6. You can delete widget by clicking arrow in right corner of each widget.
  7. You can add widgets by clicking “Add Widget”, selecting the Widget, and click Save.
  8. Click on Homepages. Click on Set to make your new page the active course homepage and selecting “Remove from Homepage”.
  9. Click upper right corner to move widget up or down.

43 Customizing NavBar Tools

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There is a default set of tools that show in every Pilot course. You can choose to activate or deactivate tools as needed. It is highly recommended to deactivate any tools that you don’t plan to use in the course as it causes students to become confused. Don’t worry about deactivating tools from your NavBar as you aren’t permanently deleted them and you can easily reactivate them at any time.

  1. On your homepage, click on Tools in your Course Administration widget.
  2. Select a tool and click on the green check to activate it or red “X” to inactivate it. Be patient as it takes up to 10 minute for these tools to appear or disappear.

44 Copying Course Components

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When you create a course, you will simply copy it into a new Pilot course when you are ready to teach the course again. This process replaces the backup/restore process from WebCT. You will absolutely LOVE this capability. You can also copy bits and pieces from several different courses.

  1. Enter the course that you would like to copy into.
  2. Click Import/Export/Copy Components link in your Course Administration widget.
  3. Select Copy Components from another Org Unit
  4. Scroll down and use the In Existing Offering Pull down menu to select the SOURCE course.
  5. Check Copy All Components OR Check desired components. Press next.
  6. Press Next.
  7. Watch blue circles and green checks. Press Done.
  8. Repeat the process if you want material from a different course.

45 Setting up WebDAV

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Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) allows you to use a remote web server as though it were a local file server. This means you can upload and download multiple Pilot course files and folders through your computer's file management. These are the instructions about how to set up a WebDAV for a Windows XP. They will be different for a Mac or Windows 7 operating system:

  1. From your Pilot home page you will see your WebDAV URL in the widget on the right side of your screen. There are also instructions about how to set up WebDAV.
  2. Copy the URL in this widget.
  3. From your Windows desktop, double-click My Network Places. The My Network Places folder opens. Note: See Microsoft Windows online help for information about using My Network Places.
  4. From your My Network Places folder, double-click Add Network Place. The Welcome to the Add Network Place Wizard appears.
  5. In the Type the location of the Network Place text box, paste the URL you copied.
  6. Click Next. The Enter Network Password screen appears.
  7. Enter your Pilot designer User name and Password. Important: If you are sharing a local computer you should clear Save this password in your password list.
  8. Click OK. The Completing the Add Network Place Wizard screen appears. Note: If your password is not valid see your Pilot administrator.
  9. In the Enter a name for this Network Place text box, enter a name.
  10. To complete your WebDAV setup, click Finish. A Microsoft Web Folder appears containing your Pilot course files. You can view, manage, move, copy, save, and rename files and folders on your Pilot server.