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Amazon Prime Day?

Welcome Prime Citizen!

If you are like me and looking to take advantage of some Prime Day shopping… here are two tidbits.

This website:  can check to see if something is really being sold at the best price.

Also… if you have an Alexa voice device… you get start shopping today — well now!  7pm!  I just got a wand.  Trying this out.


How echo360’s role structure when linked to blackboard cripples its functionality

Say you are an instructor.  You want to use Blackboard and echo360 active learning or capture platform.  You have TA’s or Course Builders in Blackboard.

So, you set up a schedule of captures through your support people for your course.  You do want to publish these captures to Blackboard, so you also create this link (or maybe the support people do it for you.)  Now you and your students can click on the link in Blackboard ( for us it is a video link in the Content Area of Blackboard course…) and see all the captures. The instructor also sees a dashboard of interesting analytics and has increased possible functionality.

But here is the crappy part: TA’s and Course Builders get Instructor roles in

So – that neat feature where Instructors would actually have a button in their account that allows them to add an ad hoc capture on their own?  That has to be turned off.  When you use this feature one can book a recording in any room that has an echo appliance… not just the one that you class actually occurs in. Can’t have students just recording content from any place they want.  Sometimes grand rounds even happen in these rooms.. whoops HIPAA violation!

I like to allow Instructors to delete their own content.  Nope.  Turn that off.

Let instructors make copies of their content?  Nope.

Well… maybe the primary instructor for a course could just go in a demote students that have instructor roles in echo360 back to students?  Nope, instructors can only add more instructors. (I actually tried this as an admin… and yes, I can demote an instructor – theoretically to student.  Only when you actually do this, it doesn’t make them a student at all… it removes them entirely.  Don’t worry though, as soon as that TA goes back into Blackboard again and clicks through to echo360, they will be back in the course again — AS AN INSTRUCTOR.)


So you want to record your Skype for Business session from a Mac…

From a Windows machine… if you want to record your Skype for Business session, you can do that…

But that option isn’t available on a Mac version of the software.  Fortunately, you have Quicktime.

Quicktime has the ability to record from your screen.

It even has lovely cropping options to setup the shot:


However…   the audio is an issue.  I’ve seen some tutorials that suggest that you set Quicktime to record from the internal mic and the computer to send audio through it’s speakers.  There is a reason that we suggest that one uses headphones during video conferencing… it’s so the audio from the speakers doesn’t loop through from the speakers and then back into the mic (if the sound is going directly into your ears via the headphones, it doesn’t go to the mic.)  So, the solution may work for some – but I don’t like it.

Now what?

Go to this website: and download Soundflower.  It is a dmg file on the page.  Install the app.  (You may need to journey to your security preferences to allow it to be opened.)

Open Audio MIDI Setup on your computer.    It looks like this:

Click the plus sign in the lower left and select “Create Multi-Output Device”.

Keep Built-in Output checked, and check Soundflower (2ch).

Also, create an “Aggregate Device”, selecting your built-in Microphone and Soundflower (2ch).

Now go to your system preferences and select Sound -> Output and set it to your Multi-Output Device.

and set the input to the Aggregate Device.

Now, when you you record from Quicktime, the audio will go both to your headphones and also be recorded in the screen capture.

Try it out and let me know what you think!





Has stuff stopped working in your browser?

UPDATE:  the chrome://plugins area has been deprecated.  Use this link now:



I was having more and more trouble as time went on with some features in echo360’s editing area.  It sends an error complaining about flash not being new enough… but I knew I had the newest one installed…  very frustrating.  I know that Apple and Adobe don’t always get along – especially when it comes to Flash, so I just went with it for a bit.  But hey – turns out that there is an actual solution, and it isn’t in the apple preferences, it’s in the browser preferences.

The other fun bit, is you can’t just pull down a normal settings menu and expect to find this… you have to type into the URL field:  chrome://plugins  to get to these preferences.

All fixed!



TEDxSBU tickets now available!

This will be the 4th annual TEDxSBU event.  I’m really glad that everyone enjoys these talks and performances so much!  People have been inquiring for months now about when they can get their tickets.


The tickets are finally available to be purchased here:

I can’t wait to see you!


Article from our IT page about new MOOC


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Complete article…

On August 8, 2016, Stony Brook University will launch its new Coursera program on Global Health Diplomacy. In this seven week course, students will be immersed in the diplomatic, financial and geopolitical context that underlies global health decision-making. Students are able to navigate their way through course articles and videos and test their knowledge through voluntary assessments. DoIT’s team of consultants from Academic Technology Services, the Faculty Center and Video Production, all played a crucial role in the development of this new course, spending countless hours and numerous weeks perfecting the program to enhance the student learning experience.

After an inquiry six months ago by Dr. Peter Small, Founding Director of the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook University School of Medicine,…


Changes in purchases at SBU

Buh, bye B&N.  Hello Amazon.

So – we no longer have a Barnes and Nobles as the campus bookstore.  Instead Amazon Prime has become the official campus provider with it’s own SBU storefront.  (Where you already using Amazon for your textbooks?  Comment below.)

One notable exception to purchasing through Amazon (for now) – you should get your student response clickers via your Turning Technologies account.  This will get you a better price and the four year license.  Login to this account inside Blackboard under Tools or go directly to  Be sure to use your SBU email address if you are setting up a new account.


Official Stony Brook textbooks

When you search for your books on Amazon, we’ve marked those required and recommended by your professors for specific courses.


Free Package Pickup

Your package will be safely waiting for you at our future location on campus. Prime Members get Free One-Day Pickup.

Hassle-free returns

Drop off your items at our future on-campus location.

New Course via Coursera on Global Health Diplomacy

Expert instructors:

Gabrielle Fitzgerald
Gabrielle Fitzgerald

Gabrielle Fitzgerald is an executive in the philanthropic and global health fields, with over 20 years of experience leading organizations and partnering with leaders to make global change.

Most recently, Gabrielle served as the Director of the Ebola Program at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, where she was responsible for overseeing and programming Paul Allen’s $100m commitment to Ebola.

Previously, Ms. Fitzgerald served as the Director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing the policy and advocacy agenda for the foundation’s 14 global programs. In this role, she led efforts that raised $1.3 billion in funding from new philanthropists to tackle global health problems, and oversaw the Global Vaccine Summit, held in Abu Dhabi in 2013, which brought together global leaders and stakeholders who committed $4 billion to delivering a polio-free world by 2018. She was also the Gates Foundation’s initial relationship manager for the World Health Organization, building a strategic relationship between the two organizations leadership and providing oversight for the $1b in grants to WHO.

During Ms. Fitzgerald’s tenure at the foundation, she spearheaded its efforts to put malaria on the global agenda—including starting the United Against Malaria campaign, which won PR Week’s Global Campaign of the Year in 2014. For her leadership, in April 2014 she was awarded the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Gold Medallion Award.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Fitzgerald spent five years at the U.S. Agency for International Development, leading the public affairs strategy for the world’s largest funder of HIV/AIDS programs. Previously, she served as the Communications Director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. She started her career as a speechwriter for President Clinton at the White House.

Ms. Fitzgerald holds a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts from American University in Washington, D.C.






Peter Small
Peter Small

In August 2015, Peter Small joined Stony Brook University as the Founding Director of the University-wide Global Health Institute. The Institute is already distinguishing itself as a highly collaborative, transdisciplinary campus based program that includes teaching, research and service with a mission to reduce poverty, ecological devastation and disease in Madagascar and other poor countries.

Immediately prior to joining Stony Brook, Peter worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for nearly 13 years where he was responsible for developing the foundation’s tuberculosis strategy, building the programs core partnerships and country programs, hiring and managing the TB team, overseeing the vaccine, drug and diagnostic product development activities and serving as the foundation’s voice for tuberculosis. In 2011 he relocated to India where he established the foundation’s tuberculosis program in India, specifically focused on the ways in which innovative technologies and evolved health care delivery systems might accelerate the decline of tuberculosis incidence.

Peter completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine at UCSF and infectious diseases at Stanford University before spending about a decade on the faculty of Stanford’s Division of Infectious Disease and Geographic Medicine. Peter has published more than 150 articles including molecular epidemiologic studies that helped to shape the public health response to the resurgence of tuberculosis in the USA in the 1990’s and seminal papers on the origin, nature an consequence of genetic variability within the species M. tuberculosis. He is a member of several honor societies such as Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Society for Clinical Investigation, was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, the University of Florida and is a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology He is a recipient of the Princess Chichibu Global TB Award for his pioneering contributions to global tuberculosis control.



Teaching an amazingly informative course on Global Health Diplomacy on Coursera.


Enroll here now!