introduction

The following resources have been provided for librarians, instructors, faculty, and other educators interested in learning more about PILOT.


What is 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.

Who is PILOT designed for?

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.

What research skills are taught in the modules?

Each of the six modules in PILOT is designed to teach a different aspect of information literacy skills:

  • Module One: Identifying Sources explains types of information sources that can be used to answer personal interest or research questions.
  • Module Two: Choosing Topics explains pre-searching activities.
  • Module Three: Finding Articles explains how to use periodical databases to locate articles for research.
  • Module Four: Searching LOIS explains how to use LOIS, the library catalog for LRCCD libraries.
  • Module Five: Using the Web explains how to get the most out of searching the web.
  • Module Six: Citing Sources explains citing information sources, plagiarism, and copyright.

How long are the modules?

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.

How do students access PILOT?

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.

Do students have to register in order to access PILOT?

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.

How do the quizzes work?

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.

How do students prove they have completed a module?

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.

If students take Library Tutorial PILOT in D2L, they can print out the certificate as a "Proof of Completion." Please see Library Tutorial PILOT for details.

What does the cookie do?

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 can refer their students to PILOT at any time during a course. However, we recommend that students complete PILOT before they begin their research. Students can complete PILOT on their own time and submit their quiz results to their instructors.

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?

No! The SCC Library continues to offer drop-in orientations and course-related library instruction. We encourage instructors to incorporate a library session into their syllabi. Timing is important! Ideally, instructors should have their students complete PILOT and supplement it with face-to-face library instruction after students have received an assignment. Research has shown that

  • Students learn best and retain most when they need the information.
  • Library instruction is more effective when the course instructor is present.
  • Library instruction is more effective when coordinated with a class assignment.

Instructors can request a library instruction session online.

Is PILOT equivalent to the SCC Library face-to-face workshops?

The topics covered in PILOT Module 3 “Searching LOIS” correlate with Drop-in A, and the topics covered in PILOT Module 4 “Finding Articles” correlate with Drop-in B.  All six modules of PILOT teach more information literacy skills than Drop-in A or Drop-in B.  Please refer to the above question “What research skills are taught in the modules?” for details of topics covered in PILOT.  And please refer to this page for details of topics covered in library Drop-in workshops.

How many extra credit points should instructors give to students taking PILOT?

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.”

What is Library Tutorial PILOT in D2L?

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.



 
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