Intro to Pilot: Course Content

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.

18 Content Overview

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The Content tool is used to organize course materials, such as the syllabus, lecture notes, readings, and other course material. Pilot requires you to have a 2-level hierarchy for almost every tool.

The content tool is organized by Modules and Topics. The Module is a heading or folder that stores the topics, which are the actual files or links that students click to access the course material. Faculty can use the 2-level hierarchy to organize their material in many different ways, such as weeks, format types, topics, or categories.

Topics can be content that you have created outside of Pilot in programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF files, or other programs. Topics can also be content that you have created in Pilot and also links to URLs or other tools within Pilot.

Multimedia files such as videos or PowerPoints with audio should be uploaded to the Wright State streaming server and inserted as a topic with a link to the URL on the server as these files are so large that they will negatively impact Pilot’s ability to download. Contact Bryan Beverly at (937) 775-4808 to make arrangements to upload these large multimedia files.

19 Properties

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Every tool within Pilot gives you the ability to go into its settings and customize it for better use.

  1. Click Course Content in navbar
  2. Click on Settings on the left Content Area.
  3. Main Page:
    • Table of Contents
      • Chose how the content list will show vertically, horizontally, or Modules Only.
      • Chose what you want it called.
      • Chose if you wish the sidebar to show in Table of Contents.
    • Side Bar:
      • Chose is you wish to have the file type icon showing in the side bar.
      • Chose if you wish to have file type icons showing in sidebar.
  4. Content Viewer:
    • Click on the Content Viewer at the top of page.
    • Chose if you wish to show sidebar.
  5. Enumeration:
    • For the various levels, chose the name you want to show before the enumeration and type.

20 Uploading Content

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Course designers go through a two step process to have students see their course content. The first step is to upload the content into the Course Management area of your Pilot course. The second step is to present your content to your students by creating Modules and topics. This session shows you how to upload your content to your Course Management area and I will review how to create Modules and Topics in a later session. 

Uploading Single Files

  1. Click Content in navbar.
  2. Click Manage Files on the left side Content Areas course menu. A list of all the content you have stored in your class is listed. You may save your content as individual files or group the files into folders and sub-folders to keep it organized.
  3. Click the upload icon (green arrow).
  4. Click Browse. Navigate on your computer and select the file you wish to upload.
  5. Once the file is selected, click Open.
  6. You may click on Add if you wish to add several other files at the same time. Continue this process until you have selected the files you wish to upload.
  7. Click Upload.

Uploading Multiple Files by Zipping Content

If you have created content on your computer and are ready to upload a large number of files to your Pilot Course Management area you may compress your files on your computer into one zipped file and upload this file and then unzip the file once you have uploaded it to your Course Management area.

  1. Open up your computer in your MyComputer or Windows Explorer area. Select the files you wish to zip. Right Click on the files. Select “Send to Compressed (Zipped) Folder”. The files are saved to one zipped file. Look for the “zip” file extension at the end of the new file created to find it.
  2. Upload this file to the Pilot Course Management area (see instructions above).
  3. Unzip the file by selecting it in the Manage Files area and clicking on the arrow to the right of the file name and selecting unzip.

Uploading Multiple Files through WebDav

A WebDAV connection will create a network folder on your computer that allows you to drag and drop files and folders from your computer and into your course in Pilot. To set up a WebDAV connection, you need to know the Course Offering Path of your course. You will find a widget on the front page/ right side of your Pilot course that finds finds the WebDAV URL for you to use. Copy and paste the following URL to set up your WebDAV Connection. The instructions for how to set up your WebDAV are also listed on your course homepage. 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. Go to Start > My Network Places
  2. Under Network Tasks, click Add a network place. The Network Wizard box opens
  3. Click next
  4. In the "Where do you want to create this network place?" choose "Choose another network location" and click next.
  5. In the "What is the address of this network place?" enter in WebDAV URL that you have copied from the front page in the WebDAV widget. Enter this URL in the Internet or network address box and click next.
  6. A username and password box should pop up. Enter in your Pilot username and Desire2Learn password and click ok.
  7. You will then be asked to name this connection. This name will appear in your "My Network Places" folder on your computer. You may want to call this something that relates to your course, like Biology 100, or Chem104 Fall Semester. This is especially important if you have multiple Pilot courses running and require multiple WebDAV connections on your computer.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Click Finish. You may be promoted once again for your username and password. Again, this is your Pilot username and password. Enter your credentials and you will connect to your course folder on Pilot and can drag and drop files and folders to this folder like any other folder on your computer.
  10. This folder will now permanently be available to you when you go into your My Network Places folder. With this WebDAV folder set up for your Pilot course, you can copy as many files into the Pilot course to quickly upload files to the Manage Files area in your Pilot course. After your upload your content into your Manage Files area, you still need to go through the additional step of presenting the content to your students by adding Modules and topics. This information will be covered in the next sessions.

21 Adding Modules

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Pilot requires you to have a 2-level hierarchy for almost every tool. The content tool is divided into Modules and topics. A module is a folder that will store your content. To add a new module to your course:

  1. Click Course Content in navbar
  2. Click New Module icon
  3. Give the module a title.
  4. You can choose to hide the enumeration (numbering) if you wish.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click on the Restrictions tab.
  7. You can choose to hide this module if you wish.
  8. If you have a start date, click Has Start Date and pick the date.
  9. If you have an end date, click Has End Date and pick the date.
  10. You may choose to Display in schedule if you wish it to show in students’ calendar.
  11. You can Create and Attach a condition.
  12. Click Save.
Three ways to organize content
By Time Week #1: June 7-June 13
Week #2: June 14- June 20
Week #3: June 21-June 27
Week #4: June 28-July 4
Week #5: July 5-July 11
By Content Type Module #1: PowerPoints
Module #2: PDF Articles
Module #3: Case Studies
By Topic Module #1: History
Module #2: Research
Module #3: Theories

22 Creating Topics from Outside Content

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Topics are sub-categories of modules. This is the actual content that you will upload for your students. Before you add your topics, be sure to create your Modules first. Once you have your modules created, here are several ways to create topics from outside material to present content to students so they can have access to the material:

Add Topic from outside file

It is possible to create a topic in your content area and navigate to the file and upload on the spot. Here is how to do this:

  1. Click Course Content in Navbar
  2. Click New Topic icon next to module title
  3. Choose Upload file
  4. Choose the Parent Module.
  5. Give the topic a title (what students see).
  6. Decide if you want enumeration.
  7. In the Content area, click Browse to locate the file on your computer.
  8. Select any restrictions (hidden, dates, or release conditions).
  9. Select if you want to link a discussion topic which will provide a place for users to participate in ongoing conversations about the topic.
  10. Click Save.

Add Topic from existing file

If you have previously uploaded material into your Pilot Manage Files area, here is how to present it to students so that they can view the file:

  1. Click Course Content in Navbar
  2. Click New Topic icon next to module title.
  3. Choose Course File.
  4. Choose the Parent Module.
  5. Give the topic a title (what students see).
  6. Decide if you want enumeration.
  7. In the Content area, click Browse to locate the file on your computer.
  8. Select any restrictions (hidden, dates, or release conditions).
  9. Select if you want to link a discussion topic which will provide a place for users to participate in ongoing conversations about the topic.
  10. Click Save.

Create Multiple Topics from Existing Files

If you are migrating your WebCT course over to Pilot, you will already have a lot of files uploaded into your Manage Files area. For anyone who already has multiple files loaded, you will want to use the Add Multiple Topics tool to load your content:

  • Click Course Content in Navbar.
  • Click on Add Multiple Topics icon.
  • Choose the Parent Module where you wish to put the topics
  • Select files to add.
  • Edit any Topic Titles (what student sees).
  • Click Add.

23 Creating Topics Inside Pilot

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Pilot becomes incredibly powerful when you not only upload content to the course management area, but you add links to URLs and links to course tools to help keep students’ on track. Here are some ways to do this:
Creating Topics through the HTML Editor
Most people at Wright State use Dreamweaver as their HTML editor. Pilot has an incredibly powerful HTML editor build right into it. Here is how to use it to create HTML documents.

  1. Click Course Content in Navbar
  2. Click New Topic icon next to module title
  3. Choose Create New File (Author new course content using the online HTML editor).
  4. Enter topic title (what students see as a link)
  5. Add content in HTML editor
    **Copy and Paste from Word documents works REALLY well. Be sure to use Paste from Word icon in HTML editor
  6. Click Save in lower right corner.
  7. Click Save again to save file in your course files.

Create Quicklink to URL

If you have web sites that you want to direct your students to visit, you can add links to outside web sites in the content area. This helps keep all the content together in one nice neat organized list so students have easy access to all the information they need to access.

  1. Click Course Content in navbar
  2. Click Add Topic icon next to module title.
  3. Choose Quicklink link.
  4. Click on Quicklink icon to right of URL field
  5. Use pull down menus to select URL.
  6. Add URL.
  7. Save.

Create Quicklink to Course Tools

  • Click Course Content in navbar
  • Click Add Topic icon next to module title.
  • Choose Quicklink link.
  • Click on Quicklink icon to right of URL field
  • Use pull down menus to select tool.
  • Save.

24 Editing Content

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Once you get your content upload and presented to your students, here is what to do if you need to edit it and make some changes:

Editing Content

  1. Click Course Content in Navbar.
  2. Check edit pencil to the right of the module or topic.
  3. Make changes.
  4. Click Save.

Editing Multiple Content Links

  1. Click Course Content in Navbar
  2. Check box next to items or modules to edit.
  3. Click the double edit pencils at top or bottom of list.
  4. Choose to edit the title, hide the topic, or hide enumeration.
  5. Click Save.

Delete Content

  1. Click Course Content in Navbar.
  2. Click Manage Content on right side Content Area.
  3. Check box next to Module or Topic to remove
  4. Click Trashcan icon at top of page
    **You can delete just the links or the links AND the files.
  5. Click Delete Selected.

Reordering Content Topics

  1. Click Course Content in Navbar.
  2. Click the Reorder icon (green up and down arrow at the top).
  3. Reorder the modules or topics by re-selecting the sort order numbers.
  4. Click Save.

Adding Restrictions or Discussions

  1. Click Course Content in Navbar.
  2. Click Manage Content.
  3. Select the Edit Pencil to the right of the module or topic.
  4. Select the Restrictions tab.
  5. Pick if it should be hidden, start or finish date, and create attachements.
  6. Pick if you wish to add a discussion topic.
  7. Click Save.