Lectures and Lessons
Your Classroom, Everywhere
Lightboards take instruction to a whole new level. You can face your students, write notes, and include slide overlays to create highly engaging reusable videos. Lightboard lectures are commonly pre-recorded for online courses, supplemental lessons and flipped classroom lessons but can also be used live with a local audience or streamed online.
It's a natural way of teaching that keeps students engaged and allows you to focus on your lesson, rather than production.
Traditional campuses and distance learning programs alike can offer natural, face-to-face lecture content with a lightboard. Record lecture videos for flipped classes or supplemental lessons on traditionally challenging topics as an evergreen resource.
Stream lectures or create video content that can be reused outside the walls of the classroom. Live & interactive online office hours with a lightboard help students work through questions with improved clarity. For classrooms and large auditoriums, our lightboards can be used live to give all students in the room a better view and more natural connection with the presentation.
- Read more about the use of lightboards at USC Keck School of Medicine.
- The University of Notre Dame has great sample videos of their lightboard.
- Check out the Illinois CITL Lightboard Studio introductory video including best practices.
- The Ohio State University lists some great reasons why you should consider a lightboard!
- The Oregon State University eCampus series on Permaculture has some of the best lightboard drawings we've ever seen.
High Schools & Flipped Classrooms
Looking to give your students a new way to learn and review material from home? Creating a lightboard studio for your school system is a great way to engage with your students in a fresh way. Whether you’re creating a full learning series or just a couple supplemental lessons on the most challenging topics, the engaging format will hold their attention as you present without any obstructions.
Students who struggle to grasp concepts can re-watch videos as much as needed, and their feedback will allow continuous improvement of instruction on critical topics if needed. Centralized studios may serve multiple schools in a district.
Mike Short at MIT uses the lightboard studio to create a series of asynchronous videos that his students can watch before class, to effectively flip his classroom.
Watch Jon Bergman in action, using a lightboard to connect with high school students and parents in these videos.
Lightboard vs. Chalkboard - a Case Study
Caroline Cormier, an educator at Cégep André-Laurendeau describes in this article how her team coordinated to flip their chemistry classes, creating 159 videos with her colleagues using a chalkboard for record lectures. Once she discovered the lightboard at another university, in her own words, “I wouldn’t go back! I face the camera: students can both see me and see what I write. It's the best of all worlds!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Their chemistry department also hit 2 million views on YouTube. See Caroline's full article here.
On their YouTube channel, compare the two different tools in action. What is your preference? Which is more engaging?
Lightboard vs. Lecture Capture Live Stream
The Business eLearning team, in the College of Business at University College Dublin, quickly saw the potential value and impact of a lightboard for its students, after initially reviewing an article from the Educause network. Per the showcase article featuring this initiative, "the team had identified a need from academic colleagues for a technology to capture hand written content while retaining student engagement in the classroom. This was of particular importance to those academics from quantitative disciplines, such as accountancy, finance and MIS, who created a lot of hand transcribed content for students in the classroom." They also quickly saw the benefits of the lightboard in hybrid (asynchronous + synchronous) and hyflex (hybrid + face-to-face lecture) situations.
Elanor McDonald from Business eLearning and Dr Jamie O’Neill from Accounting in the College of Business have led the project. Read the full report at the following link, paying special attention to the Results tab, as it describes the students' preference in method of delivery - Engaging Teaching and Learning Experiences Using Lightboard Technology.