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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OPEN SUNY Summit 2/28/18 – 3/2/18

4th annual Open SUNY Summit  is  February 28 – March 2, 2018  @  SUNY Global Center  in New York City.

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.

Blackboard Updates for Spring 2018

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.

Start of Semester Blackboard Checklist (Updated 1/19/18)

Every course at Stony Brook has a Blackboard course and your students are automatically added (and removed if they drop) for you.

By default, your course is available.  If you do not wish to use Blackboard this semester, please make your course unavailable and let your students know that you so that they do not think something is wrong with their Blackboard account.

If you would like to use Blackboard please:

And …

  • Every Blackboard Course has a built in Virtual Meeting room  (Labelled SB Connect Room)…You can use this room to conduct office hours and provide guest lectures.  The online meetings can be recorded. .