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SUNY Accessibility Week – 5/18 – 5/22

In honor of the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 21st), SUNY is launching SUNY Accessibility Week.

SUNY Accessibility Week is specially designed to provide informative, practical accessibility knowledge to enhance inclusiveness of digital content for users with disabilities.

Who should attend?   Faculty, instructional designers, distance education leaders and more are welcome to attend one or more sessions offered throughout the week!

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Universal Design for Learning,
  • document and presentation accessibility (Word, PowerPoint, and PDFs),
  • video accessibility,
  • and STEM accessibility.

These webinars are free to SUNY campuses, and will be recorded for your viewing convenience. Recordings will be posted on the SUNY Accessibility Week site on the Playlist tab.

Register Now!

Please direct questions to Jamie Heron  or Nazely Kurkjian

SBU Inspirations 2020 – Please nominate students to participate!

SBU Inspirations 2020

SBU InspirationsIn Fall 2019, CELT staff talked to students on campus who asked if there was a way that students could share with faculty ways that they use technology for academic purposes. We have partnered with the Career Center and are excited to announce the Spring 2020 SBU Inspirations Student Technology Showcase.

On February 24th, a call will be sent out to all students inviting them to submit videos (no longer than 4 minutes) that :

  • focus on experiential and applied learning pieces.
  • highlight assignments for EXP+, DIV or SPK course where technology is used to complete that assignment
  • showcase services Stony Brook provides that students can use to share their talents

If you have a student who you believe should submit a video, please nominate them!

If you are interested in participating as a judge, please self nominate via the nomination form at:

What’s New in Blackboard Webinars – Fri 1/31 1-2pm EST & Tues 2/4 12:30-1:30pm | Registration Required!

On Friday 1/31 from 1-2pm EST &  Tuesday 2/4 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST , CELT’s Instructional technologist will host a webinar via Adobe Connect on What’s New in Blackboard

This webinar provides a  brief overview of the new features in Blackboard:

  1. Attendance Tool
  2. Additional attempts – anonymous grading – instructors can now allow additional attempts from anonymous grader
  3. Specific privileges for TA’s – delegated grading

In order to access the webinar, you will need to register!

Spring Semester is quickly approaching….time to request Echo 360 Lecture recordings

Echo360 provides two tools instructors can use to record lectures:

1. Universal Capture from your personal device.

2. Lecture Capture in some Lecture halls** including audio, screen capture, on-screen notations, and/or a video feed of the lecturer.

**If you would like Echo to record your lectures in a classroom, CELT staff need to schedule recordings for you. Please submit your request online at:

Changes in technical support for students

Please include the following statement on your syllabi for Fall 2018 :

Need technical assistance?
The Division of Information Technology provides assistance to all who are having trouble accessing a system and/or connecting to our campus network.  Should you have any issues, please contact our service desk on line at: ; call: 631.632.9800; or visit a SINC Site or our new Tech Station located on the first floor of ECC. 


Do you use clickers in your class? Please make sure you let the new bookstore know

Follett Discover
Early today, the following email was sent from our Bookstore Liason to all instructors.   If you use clickers, please make sure  you indicate that you do when you submit your request trough Follett.
Dear Faculty & Department Administrators,

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 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.

Open House

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 click the invite below to RSVP:

Book Buyback

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.

Desk Copies

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’s Office is here to support you and will answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please reach us at or call 631.632.9828.


The Bookstore Liaison Team

Office of the Bookstore’s Liaison
We are located at the following address:

Office of the Bookstore Liaison — Faculty Student Association
East Side Dining
157 Circle Drive
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4180
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