Lightboard Studio: A facility for recording or live broadcasting interactive video lectures



Author(s) Karin Ennser, Richard Cobley and Gareth Evans


Lightboard is for recording or live broadcasting video lectures. The lecturer faces towards the viewer and their writing and overlaid slides appear in front of them. This setup allows instructors to illustrate lessons with a diagram or explain a formula without blocking the written content with their bodies and without turning their backs to their students. Lightboard meets the student’s need for clear and informative lecture capture while offering the instructor a quick and effective method of video production that includes visual aids. Both text and presenter remain visible increasing engagement. Videos are vital content when utilizing a blended learning approach to allow students to develop independent study skills. The ability to pause or rewind a video is a key advantage over face-to-face lectures for students who cannot grasp a concept, struggle with language or have a disability. The workshop will introduce the Lightboard concept, show example videos and talk about blended learning.


The session starts with an introduction to Lightboard. Initially it was developed by Michael Peshkin of Northwestern University, who after watching films of traditional chalkboard lectures decided that there must be a better way to deliver blended learning. He created a glass board that could be written on and filmed through. Around the world over 50 universities have built Lightboards, primarily in the US, and now we think it’s time for Swansea to try it. The Lighboard studio was developed by Richard Cobley, Karin Ennser and Gareth Evans at College of Engineering. We have recorded some videos to experiment the technology. The workshop participants will watch the videos and compare to other technologies. An interactive quiz will be set to collect participants experience and opinions using learning environment application such as Kahoot. The quiz results will be shared with the audience to facilitate a discussion on the Lighboard approach and alternative methods. Our goal is to make the Lightboard studio an accessible project for all. The session outline is as follows: 1. Introduction to Lightboard technology 2. Show examples video 3. Share the experience and collect feedback 4. Discussions and session remarks

Key Words

Technology enhanced learning, live broadcasting video, blended learning, e-learning.

Key Messages

The key messages are to learn the capabilities of the Lightboard Studio and the benefits to enhance learning and student engagement across disciplines.


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