The College of Science is excited to announce that a new teaching tool called the Lightboard is ready for use. Faculty can produce videos using the Lightboard to “flip” their classroom and complement their teaching initiatives. Potential videos include tutorials for solving difficult problems, explanations of more complex topics that would otherwise take up a significant amount of class time, student presentations, or pre-lab lectures.

The Lightboard consists of a glass board for writing notes and a camera to film the professor. It can also incorporate PowerPoint or Keynote slides onto the board that can be annotated by the professor during filming. The Lightboard is a novel tool to present class material because it allows the instructor to face the viewer, draw diagrams, equations, or formulas the same way they would on a chalkboard or whiteboard. In addition, the final video is higher quality than a video obtained by someone filming a lecture by traditional means. Videos can be shared with students several ways -- Sakai, Box, YouTube or a professor’s own website.  Sample Lightboard videos are below.

The Lightboard studio is located in 208 Jordan Hall of Science. If you would like to use the Lightboard, please review the calendar for available time slots and contact Jim Parise or Margaret Dobrowolska-Furdyna to reserve a time to use the room. Peter Harvey, a student worker, will be available in the Lightboard room every Monday, 12:00-1:45 p.m., and Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., to provide short training sessions and to answer any questions. No appointment is necessary to meet with Peter.

Basic instructions to operate the Lightboard (371kb PDF).

Any questions about the Lightboard initiative can be directed to Margaret Dobrowolska-Furdyna.

Introduction to the Lightboard

Lightboard: Best Practices

Sample Organic Chemistry Video: Complex Splitting

The Lightboard project was a joint effort of the OIT Academic Technologies Group and the College of Science Dean's Office.