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

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

Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

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.Lynda.com is available to all Stony Brook University students, faculty and staff at no charge. With Lynda.com, you can learn new computer applications, design and business skills or brush up on some old skills at your own pace at a time and location that works best for you.  After you complete a course, you earn a certificate of completion.

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

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. DoIT's TLT department uses the SBCapture system for closed-course video podcasting and YouTube for open content. Instructors can upload content directly to SBCapture themselves, or use the Video Drop Off Form to have a member of the TLT staff assist. An advantage of using the SBUVideo YouTube account is that in order to make the videos as accessible as possible, TLT captions all of the videos. TLT creates playlists on YouTube (not the same as a podcast, but in most cases is satisfactory for video distribution).

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)

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

Streaming / Webcasts

DoIT's Video Services Office offers video streaming services. Departments may post previously recorded materials on their websites or one of the University's YouTube sites.

For Use By: Faculty, Guests, 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.The TLT Media Lab is located in the Melville Library, Room S-1430, and is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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

Video Production

DoIT's TLT Video Services Team can produce video recordings that range from complex multi-camera shoots in the ECC Building studios to location shoots with hand-held cameras. The group handles all phases of creating professional programs for the University. Members of the team will walk you through all phases of the production, from concept to completion. Using a combination of in-house staff and specially-trained temporary labor, the team works with you to meet your educational goals. They can design, script, shoot, and edit your program without ever leaving the University. Costs for producing programs in support of education are highly subsidized.  We do not provide services for programs not affiliated with the University.

For Use By: Faculty, Researchers, Staff


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. A VoiceThread lets people interact with various content and their peers by allowing comments using any mix of text, microphone, webcam, drawing tools, telephone, or uploaded audio file. VoiceThread is also accessable and made to be compatible with screen reader technology at: http://voicethread.com/universal/.

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