Teaching and Learning Tools


Blackboard is Stony Brook University's learning management system (LMS), which allows instructors to supplement face-to-face classes, or launch online classes. Blackboard includes a variety of features that allow instructors to do anything from uploading course documents, to posting an announcement, to collecting and grading assignments. For students, Blackboard offers an easy way to contact instructors, download and access course documents, and check grades.

For Use By: Faculty, Staff, Students


Captioning is a valuable service that faculty can request in order to enhance their educational video content. Captions can help viewers absorb the content more efficiently and when used in conjunction with SBCapture, captions can be used to search the video for specific content.

For Use By: Faculty, Staff


Stony Brook University utilizes Turning Technologies' polling clickers for interactive, wireless, student responses in classrooms and large lecture halls. TurningPoint Cloud allows instructors to float a poll bar above any application, and gives the ability to track each student's performance data generated during a lesson or team activity. This tracking produces student and class performance reports with respect to lessons.

For Use By: Faculty, Staff, Students


ContentDM is Stony Brook University's online digital library.

For Use By: Faculty, Guests, Researchers, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)

Course Evaluations (Faculty & Administrators)

For Use By: Faculty, Staff

Digication ePortfolios

ePortfolios, powered by Digication, are a type of digital portfolio utilized by students and faculty to document their professional development and establish a positive online presence. With an ePortfolio, students and faculty can create online archives of their acheivements, professional experience, academic work, personal hobbies and more. ePortfolios can be used as an extension of a resume to market yourself to prospective employers.

For Use By: Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)


Commonly referred to as Echo or SBCapture, Echo 360 is a versatile and reliable system that automatically captures lectures and converts classroom voice, video,and visual-aids into high quality media files. These media files can be accessed on-line from devices such as iPods, MP3 players, phones, and computers.  Instructors can also utilize Personal Capture, which allows them to record from their own computers.

For Use By: Faculty, Staff

Google Apps

Google Apps for Education is the primary email system for everyone at Stony Brook University except Hospital employees and members of the School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine. Stony Brook's Google Apps suite of products includes Mail, Calendar, Drive, Contacts, Sites, Groups, Hangouts and a host of other applications to enhance communication and collaboration across campus.

For Use By: Clubs, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)


Lynda.com is a service that offers high-quality video tutorials for common computer applications and other skills.

For Use By: Clubs, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)

Maple TA

Maple T.A. is a quizzing program inside Blackboard that is particularly valuable for any course using mathematics. Maple T.A. provides an easy-to-use Web-based system for creating tests and assignments, automatically assessing student responses and performance. It supports complex, free-form entry of mathematical equations and intelligent evaluation of responses, making it ideal for mathematics, science, or any course that requires mathematics.

For Use By: Faculty, Staff

Media Conversions & Duplications

The TLT Multimedia Lab has a duplication machine that is capable of doing short-run DVD duplication of up to 50 DVD/CDs at a time as well as format conversions. Faculty who supply the media may use the machine for free. The lab also has the capability of self-service, short-run tape duplications (VHS MiniDV).

For Use By: Faculty, Staff

Office 365

Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of services provided by Microsoft. Watch "Welcome to Office 365" for a quick introduction. Office 365 is HIPAA and export compliant.

For Use By: Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)

Plagiarism Protection - SafeAssign

SafeAssign is software built into the Blackboard learning management system which checks several sources for potential plagiarism. SafeAssign helps instructors make informed decisions about reporting students for academic dishonesty.

For Use By: Faculty, Staff

Podcasting & YouTube

A podcast is a method to deliver content, mostly audio and/or video. The two main advantages of podcasting over streaming is that the podcast is subscribed to and content is delivered in a way that makes it accessible even when you are not at your computer.

For Use By: Clubs, Faculty, Staff


Qualtrics is a hosted survey and research tool that Stony Brook University has subscribed to in order to conduct quality surveys with the end result of collecting and analyzing data. Qualtrics is the tool used by Stony Brook's own Center for Survey Research. It is available to all students, faculty, and staff who have an active NetID.

For Use By: Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)

SBConnect (Adobe Connect Web Conferencing)

SBConnect is a powerful system used for online collaboration and Web conferencing.  It is available at Stony Brook University for departments and courses, and is managed and provided by the Teaching, Learning + Technology Department (TLT).  With SBConnect, you can communicate ideas by sharing your desktop, virtual whiteboards, documents, powerpoint presentations and video files; using a webcam, microphone and/or chat window.  These sessions can be recorded as podcasts or on-demand sessions. 

For Use By: Faculty, Guests, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)

SINC Sites

SINC Sites are public computer labs that allow users to access both Windows & Mac computers. SINC Sites provide printing services and access to numerous academic software titles.These computer labs are located in a majority of the academic buildings on campus and have scheduled open hours.  

For Use By: Clubs, Faculty, Guests, Researchers, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)

Sparky (UNIX)

Sparky is a UNIX-based system that many Computer Science classes use for programming projects and some students & faculty use for personal (or class) websites that require scripting functionality.

For Use By: Faculty, Staff, Students

Teacher Candidate edTPA Support Services

edTPA is a student-centered multiple measure assessment of teaching. It is designed to be educative and predicting of effective teaching and student learning. Stony Brook University's Division of Information Technology (DoIT) supports teacher candidates' edTPA video recording requirements through Audio Visual Services.

For Use By: Faculty, Students

Teaching Learning Lab

Stony Brook's TLT Media Lab offers a wide variety of services to help teach and assist in the creation of multimedia projects for classroom use.  Instructors and teaching assistants are welcome to come brainstorm with the creative and technical staff in the TLT and get help and additional input on anything from a PowerPoint presentation to professional quality video, Web pages, illustrations or animations. 

For Use By: Faculty, Staff, Teaching Assistants (TA's)

Video Production

DoIT's TLT Video Production Group can produce video recordings that range from complex multi-camera productions in the ECC Building studios to location shoots with hand-held cameras. 

For Use By: Faculty, Researchers, Staff

Virtual SINC Site

The Virtual SINC Site provides a way for students, faculty, and staff members to access site-licensed, academic software titles directly from their personal computers from either on or off campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students can also use the Virtual SINC Site to access the Print From Anywhere service using any device or operating system.

For Use By: Faculty, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)


VoiceThread is a web-based application that allows you to place media artifacts such as images, presentations, videos and documents and have an asynchronous discussion around it. 

For Use By: Faculty, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)