Collaborate on Class Projects Using Solstice

Tired of only one person being able to connect to display while working on a project with your classmates? Tired of checking out HDMI cables?

Now, there is a simple solution.

Last year, ITS tested Solstice Devices in the new ISEC classrooms. As a result of the positive feedback, Solstice will be available in Snell Library Collabs A, B, and C on the first floor, Collab Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 along with “circles” (informal collaboration spaces) located on the second floor of Snell Library.

With a Solstice Pod connected display, any number of users can instantly connect, share, and control the display, fostering collaboration and decision-making. Solstice works with Macs, Windows, and mobile devices simultaneously over Wi-Fi or Ethernet networks.

Solstice Demo & More Information

To view a demonstration of this device, click here. You will find videos and quick start guides. Then, enjoy some cordless collaboration.

BlueJeans Video Collaboration With Recording – Coming Soon!

BlueJeans LogoYou might already be using BlueJeans video conferencing for meetings and classes, but did you know that BlueJeans will soon have RECORDING capabilities? Beginning in February 2017, you will be able to record a BlueJeans session, store the recording, and share it with others. Recording a session for future needs will support efficient, effective and consistent learning and meeting outcomes.

BlueJeans allows faculty and students to share knowledge with our global partnerships and learning communities next door and across the world. Whether you want to share in global learning or you just don’t want to hike across campus in a snowstorm, BlueJeans will connect you to where you want to be. BlueJeans allows you to:

  • Meet and share content using an in-room conferencing system
  • Collaborate via both audio and video with students and colleagues with cloud-based technology
  • Participate in classes on or off-campus
  • Share on any device (Windows or Mac desktop or laptop browser, or an iOS or Android mobile device)
  • NEW in February! Record sessions for those attendees that cannot make a class or meeting session.

Please note that there will be some guidelines and restrictions to recording your session. Once the recording option is live, when you sign in as a BlueJeans moderator, you will see a page outlining the guidelines for recording recognizable people to guarantee they are both aware of the recording and agree to participate.

First Time in BlueJeans?
Are you new to BlueJeans or would you like live training? Go to Northeastern’s BlueJeans info page.

Need help?
Contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or

ISEC Opening Offers Exciting New Technology

110816_ag_isec_008ISEC, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, opens in January 2017 with new technology enhanced classrooms. ISEC is part of the university’s ongoing effort to expand its capacity to engage in path-breaking research across disciplines.

Solstice, an innovative collaboration technology has been added to the new ISEC classrooms.  In the teaching laboratories there are 6 tables, each designed to allow 8 students to collaborate wirelessly at one time. It will also allow Faculty to join any one of these tables as needed. These Solstice Pods enable students to display, engage, and collaborate all in the same environment using one display rather than transitioning from one student’s computer to another by unplugging one computer and plugging another back in. Solstice enables true wireless collaboration, without being tethered to pesky cords.

In four of the classrooms, Faculty can leverage this technology through the lectern to easily move about the space while teaching. Solstice installed at the podium can also be used to include students that want to share content or collaborate with the class as a whole.

During the spring semester ITS will be actively monitoring both the technology and its use to understand how to expand the service throughout the campus. If you are teaching in this space or want to learn more about Solstice, visit the Academic Technology Services site at or contact ATS at

ISEC is located on Columbus Avenue to the west of the parking garage, This six story complex includes wet and dry lab facil­i­ties, 2 edu­ca­tional lab­o­ra­to­ries, 4 class­rooms, an auditorium and offices for fac­ulty mem­bers.

Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

SharePoint Takes It Up a Notch – Office 365

Moving on up… to Office 365!

We are excited to announce Northeastern University’s upgrade to SharePoint Online this fall! We are taking advantage of the many benefits offered by SharePoint on Office 365, including;

  • Tighter Integration – Across email, Skype, OneDrive, and Microsoft applications
  • Increased Accessibility – Access your e-mail, documents, intranet – online anywhere!
  • Enhanced Experience – Improved search, navigation and an updated look and feel

It is the same as the Northeastern-hosted service you recognize, but will now be provided online as part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications. Improved performance, reliability and scalable across any browser or device – accessible just about anywhere!

Industry-Leading Collaboration Tool
SharePoint is the industry-leading collaboration and content sharing tool, used by organizations for creating team sites, file sharing and more. You can use it as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device.

Want to learn more about SharePoint Online on Office 365? Check out these resources:

We look forward to upgrading your SharePoint experience this fall!!