Should you require assistance with managing grades and/or exams in Blackboard, please do not attach files that contain FERPA protected information or test questions. I ask that you send an email or submit a ticket letting us know that you require our help and one of our staff will contact you for additional information.
Please include the following statement on your syllabi for Fall 2018 :
We have begun to transition to our new official bookstore provider, Follett, and we invite you to select the course materials you need through Follett Discover Adopt, the online course material requisition tool.
Remember, there will not be a brick-and-mortar bookstore on campus. All of your “required and recommended” course materials will be available for students to purchase in time for the Summer I, II and Fall 2018 semesters on the stonybrookshop.com website with available shipping to their home, campus store or campus address.
Our goal is to have all of your course materials up on SOLAR by the time class registration begins. Providing your requisition on time ensures that the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) compliance is met and that students can shop early to obtain their course materials at the best prices. By letting Follett know if you will be using the same course materials in upcoming semesters, they can offer our students more money for their course materials at buyback.
The due date for submitting course materials requests for Summer and Fall 2018 is Monday, April 2nd. If you do not require any course materials for your class, please indicate “No Text Required” in the online portal. Additional information and reminders about placing your course material requisitions will be sent to you via subsequent emails.
Follett will be hosting an Open House event on Wednesday, March 7th from 12:00pm – 2:30pm at Charles B. Wang Center, room 301. We invite you to attend so that Follett can introduce you to the new course material requisition tool and how to log into the portal.
Please remind your students that Follett will be hosting book buyback events at the end of the spring semester at Shop Red West and Shop Red East. When they sell back their textbooks to Follett, it helps other students get the best prices for used books next semester. Textbook rental returns through Amazon@StonyBrook can be dropped off at the campus pickup point location in the Melville library.
If you would like a complimentary desk copy for the course you are teaching, you can request a digital copy of the book through the Follett Discover Adopt online portal.
The Bookstore Liaison Team
The Open SUNY Summit, sponsored by the Open SUNY Online Teaching unit, is an annual SUNY-wide conference specifically for Open SUNY Fellows in the experienced, expert, exemplar, and innovator/researcher roles. Anyone, including Friends of SUNY are welcome!
The first Summit was held in 1998 as an annual face to face meeting of the SLN faculty development and instructional design team and the online campus-based SUNY instructional designers whose campuses participated in the SLN program.
Today, the Summit has evolved as a conference intended for all Open SUNY advanced online practitioners with expertise in online program administration, online faculty development/instructional design, online instruction, online support, etc. Friends of SUNY are also welcome!
Check #OpenSUNYsummit for Summit news, status, and updates.
If you are using ECHO 360 this semester to record your lectures and would like to capture student questions, please make sure you borrow a Microphone from AV Services. When answering a student’s question in class from the lectern, please repeat the question before answering so the question is captured on the ECHO.
Some students reported “Out of Server Space Errors” over night. Server space was cleared this morning and students should be able to submit their assignments. Please have your student report issues via our ticket system at: service.stonybrook.edu
Blackboard was updated at the end of December. Some of the changes that you will see in your Blackboard site are:
New Inline Editor – This new inline editor from box allows you to comment and highlight text but does not have drawing tools. For more information please see our updated page and the Blackboard Support site for steps on how to grade in the new editor. If you need more advanced editing tools for papers your students can submit their work in a google doc or you can download papers and use track changes in Microsoft word.
Campus Pack Blogs, Journals and Wikis have been phased out of Blackboard. We have created a new page with the different activities that faculty used the blogs, wikis and journals for and have given different alternatives that can be used for the activities.
LaunchPad by Macmillian – If you are using a Macmillian text in your class we have connected Blackboard to Macmillian’s Launchpad service to help with importing resources and assessments from Macmillian.