Intro to Pilot: Elluminate

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.

37 Overview

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Elluminate is a Web Conferencing tool that enables you and your students to communicate remotely. With Elluminate, you can show your PowerPoint presentations and other applications and talk to your class over the Internet.

You and your students will use headsets to have a microphone to speak and earphones to hear. Some faculty start Elluminate up during their face-to-face classes and record their sessions so students can attend virtually or make up class if they miss a class.

Elluminate is not part of Pilot, but an outside product for which Wright State has a license and which we have incorporated into Pilot. While Elluminate is not an "officially" supported product at Wright State, it is easy to use and there is online training and support available through the Elluminate company.

Some of Elluminate's features

  • Upload PowerPoint to present to students. This is great for students to see the presentation and hear your class at the same time.
  • Text based chat tool for communication. This is great for students to type in questions during presentations. Then you can stop periodically and answer any questions from the class. Also great to get feedback from students and keep them actively involved.
  • List of students attending web conference. This is nice because you can call on them by name.
  • Polling to use for quick assessments. This is kind of like clickers in the classroom.
  • Web tour to send URL for students to view. I use this to send quick videos from YouTube.
  • Recorder—This is used to record each session. This is great for students to watch the class if they missed it or want to go back and review the content at the later date.

38 Getting Set Up

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Elluminate is a web conferencing tool that is an “add-on” to Pilot. The advantage of using Elluminate built into Pilot is that neither you or your students need user names or passwords. Pilot does all the authentication. 

  1. Click Elluminate link in navbar. Click New Room.
  2. Give it a name. Set the start date at the beginning of the course and the end date at the end of the course.
  3. Click Save. Click Attendees. Select students.
  4. Click Add Internal Attendees. Click Add External Attendees to add any outside speakers.
  5. Redo the process if you would like to set up Elluminate rooms for group project.
  6. If you record your sessions, students click on Archives to view the recorded session.

39 Training

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All training and support is then handled by Elluminate. Elluminate provides live training that you attend through your computer. There is live training classes almost every day. Elluminate is becoming very popular, so these classes are beginning to fill up.

  1. Go to the Elluminate web site. ( )
  2. Click on the Services/ Training. You will want to attend Elluminate Live Moderator Training.
  3. You have your choice of Live online training, recorded videos, and manuals. Start out with the live. Click Live Online Training Register Now button. You will want to attend the "Getting Started" and the "Next Steps" moderator's classes. It is not required to attend these sessions in order, but it does help if you are a beginner.
  4. Find the date/class that works for you. Click on Enroll Now!
  5. If you have never set up an account with Elluminate Training, click on the "First Time Event Attendees Click Here". Remember that this account that you are setting up is completely different than your WSU Elluminate account. You are basically setting up account with the Elluminate training people so that they have your information (so don't get them confused).
  6. Go back and register for the classes that you need.
  7. Elluminate will email you with a link and information to confirm this class. Be sure to save this information so that it is available to you for the class.

40 Web Conference Suggestions

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  • Try not to monopolize the conversation and build opportunities to get interaction from your students.
  • Use the Elluminate tools to help keep students active in the class room. Try to use the many features in Elluminate to keep your students involved such as voice over IP, polling, text chat, whiteboard, and emoticons. Here are two excellent training recordings that show effective methods for encouraging student interaction through Elluminate.
  • Read the book, The New Virtual Classroom by Ruth Clark to get some excellent tips about becoming more effective in teaching in web conferences.
  • Don’t use the traditional PowerPoints that have tons and tons of bullet points. Research shows these do not enhance learning. Use lots of images and short headlines to make your points. Review Atkinson's and Mayer's “Beyond Bullet Point Design” (a PDF file) for PowerPoints that enhance student learning.
  • Have the right equipment:
    • USB Headset with Noise Cancellation
      USB LogiTech ClearChat Headset (under $40)
    • Web Conference Speaker Microphone
      Yamaha Web Conference Microphone Speaker - PJP20UR (under $500)
    •  Web Cam
      LogiTech QuickCam Orbit MP WebCam. (under $130)
      LogiTech Pro 9000 (under $60)