What is it?
A lightboard is a transparent writing surface that is positioned between the presenter and a video camera. This positioning allows the presenter to write on the board while also facing the audience. Lightboards often include iridescent lighting and neon markers, which help the text or drawings stand out on camera.
Carleton’s lightboard is installed in a reservable space in the Weitz Center (WCC Studio B, Control Room, WCC 38). In addition to the lightboard itself, the studio includes multiple cameras, microphones, a computer, document camera, a connection for an iPad, and a monitor. These devices are all connected together with an easy-to-use switcher.
Why is this useful?
Research indicates that eye contact can increase engagement — whether in face-to-face instruction, or in asynchronous or synchronous online instruction.
For synchronous online sessions, an instructor can simultaneously write on the lightboard AND see their students onscreen. Likewise, students are able to see their instructor’s face and the written demonstrations on the lightboard at the same time.
For asynchronous sessions, the lightboard allows instructors to create instructional videos while maintaining eye-contact with the camera, which is interpreted by the viewer as being more present. This “Personalization Principle” and other research-supported tips are available on Carleton’s “Perfect Instructional Video” page.
How Do I Use it at Carleton?
- Familiarize yourself with the instructions for using the lightboard and switcher.
- Schedule a session with PEPS staff to get trained on the equipment.
- Reserve the room with the lightboard. (The easiest way to do this is to send your date and time request as an email to Dann Hurlbert (dhurlbert).)
- LTC blog post featuring David Liben-Nowell using a whiteboard at his home.
- ITS blog post featuring Aaron Heidgerken-Greene demonstrating the lightboard in the Makerspace in Anderson.
- Dann Hurlbert introducing the lightboard and switcher available in Weitz (below).
- Aaron Heidgerken-Greene demonstrating the lightboard in the Makerspace in Anderson (below).