The following resources have been provided for librarians, instructors, faculty, and other educators interested in learning more about PILOT.
PILOT is a self-paced interactive tutorial designed to introduce LRCCD students to a variety of important concepts related to the use of information resources in an academic setting. PILOT is intended to help students maximize their ability to effectively use LRCCD libraries' information resources and the World Wide Web.
PILOT is designed for students who need to acquire information literacy skills. It is also for students taking classes with a writing or research component.
Each of the six modules in PILOT is designed to teach a different aspect of information literacy skills:
Each module is designed to take less than 60 minutes from registration through the final quiz. Actual time spent on each module will vary depending on the student's familiarity with the topics.
Students can access PILOT 24/7 on any computer with an Internet connection. They can complete the tutorial on their own time outside of class.
If students intend to send their quiz results to their instructors, they need to register at the beginning of PILOT so PILOT knows who is taking the tutorial. If they are interested in taking the tutorial but don't want to send their quiz results to anybody, then they can choose the Guest Users option at the beginning of PILOT which does not require them to register. Guest users have full access to the tutorial content and the quizzes, but they don't have the option to send their quiz results to an email address.
Do instructors need to register before sending their students to PILOT?
No, instructors don't need to register in PILOT. They can send their students to PILOT any time without consultation with the librarians.
At the end of each module is a brief self-assessment section or quiz. Quizzes are no longer than 10 questions. As students answer each question, they will immediately get a response. The final quiz page will give them a summary of their answers and the percentage correct. Students may take the quiz as many times as they like. However, they must complete the quiz each time before they can click on the Retake Quiz button to restart the quiz.
Students can send their quiz results to their instructors to prove that they have completed certain PILOT modules. If they intend to do so, they need to go through the registration process at the beginning of PILOT. Only registered users are able to email their results to their instructors.
Unregistered guest users can take the tutorial, but they won't be able to email their quiz results. All users have the option to print out their quiz results.
The cookie allows us to collect general statistics about the student responses to the quiz. It also allows the quizzes to function properly. This cookie is sent back just to our server and erased from the students' computers when they logout.
How can instructors effectively use PILOT with their courses?
Instructors may also consider offering extra credit to students taking PILOT as many have done with our Drop-in Library Workshops. We strongly suggest that students be required to pass the PILOT quizzes with a score of at least 85% or better. Students may retake a quiz as many times as they want to improve their scores.
Does PILOT replace library instruction?
Instructors can request a library instruction session online.
Is PILOT equivalent to the SCC Library face-to-face workshops?
Instructors may decide how many extra credit points they’d like to award their students and how many PILOT modules to require their students to take. However, if instructors offer students either PILOT or the face-to-face Drop-in options for extra credit, two PILOT modules – Module 3 “Searching LOIS” and Module 4 “Finding Articles” - are the equivalent of one library face-to-face workshop.
We also strongly suggest that students be required to pass the PILOT quizzes with a score of at least 85% or better to be considered for extra credit. This is because 1) PILOT quizzes display and explain the correct answers after each question is answered, and students are allowed to retake a quiz as many times as they want to improve their scores, and 2) students taking the face-to-face Drop-ins are required to correct mistakes on their test before they get a “Proof of Completion.”
Library Tutorial PILOT in D2L is the same PILOT offered as a self-registration course in D2L. In the D2L course, students are linked to the online PILOT site for the instructional part. At the end of each module, students will have the option to take the quizzes at the PILOT website or in D2L.
When students successfully complete the quizzes in D2L, they are issued Complete PILOT Certificate or Certificate of Partial Completion.Complete PILOT Certificate is awarded to students who have passed the quizzes of all six modules; Certificate of Partial Completion is awarded to students who have passed the quizzes of Module 3 and Module 4 only. Certificate of Partial Completion is implemented to meet the need of instructors who assign their students to take only Module 3 and Module 4 in lieu of the library face-to-face workshops.
Students taking the D2L self-registration course can present the printout of PILOT certificate to their instructors as a “Proof of Completion.”
Please contact Sue Chen at the SCC library via email or phone (650-2760) should you decide to assign the self-registration course in D2L to your students.