Quercus Pepper

There are two versions of Pepper: Quercus Pepper and Standalone Pepper.  Quercus Pepper is designed for people who are familiar with Quercus.  We generally recommend that novice instructors use Quercus Pepper, but both versions are available to all OISE instructors.  

To use Pepper within your Quercus course shell, simply add Pepper as a Quercus class utility.  Here’s a video that shows you how you do that:

Adding Pepper to Quercus

Once you add Pepper to your Quercus course shell, both you and your students will have full access to Pepper. 

Here is a brief introduction to Pepper for instructors:

If you have any problems setting up Pepper in Quercus, please contact Jim Hewitt at jim.hewitt@utoronto.ca.

Standalone Pepper

The standalone version of Pepper doesn’t require Quercus.  However, it requires an additional step or two to set up. 

Step 1:  If you don’t already have a Pepper account, create one for yourself.  Go to:


On the signin page, click on the “Register” button and create a Login name and Password for yourself.  If you have any problems doing this, please contact Jim Hewitt at jim.hewitt@utoronto.ca.   

Once you have created a login and password, return to the login page and enter your new Login name and Password:


Click on the “Sign In” button. You should now be signed into Pepper. 

Step 2:  Create a Pepper community for your course.  Here is how you create a Pepper community:

When you create your Pepper community, be sure to write down the access code.  You will need to give the access code to your students.

Step 3:  Set up your course with readings, discussion questions, and so forth.   Here is a video that shows you how to do these things:

Step 4:  Invite the students in your course to join your Pepper community.  Be sure to give them the access code.   Here is a template email message that you can use:

Dear students,

Welcome to our course! In this course we will be using an online environment called Pepper.  Please take the time to explore and familiarize yourself with the site.  Note that the course syllabus, assignment information, resources, and other relevant materials can be found in here.

Here is the link to the Pepper sign in page:


Please create a Bookmark (or a Favorite) for this link.

Step 1: If you already have an account on Pepper, you can skip this step and go to Step 2.  Otherwise, you will first need to create a Pepper account.  To create an account, click on the “Register” button on the bottom of the sign in page.  This will prompt you to enter your name, email address (please use your university email) and select a password. Once you do this, you will have an account.  Please write down your user name and password so you do not forget it!  Then return to the sign in page and login.

Step 2:  After you login, you need to connect to our course.  Click on “Join a community” and enter the following access code: <put the code here>

Here is a video that shows you the whole process described above:

If you have any difficulty creating an account for yourself, please contact Dr. Jim Hewitt and he will help get you set up.

Take care,

Instructor name goes here.

That’s it!  If you run into any problems setting up Pepper in standalone mode, please contact Prof. Jim Hewitt