The Lightboard is an instructional tool that can be used to create compelling educational video recordings without turning one's back to the camera.

About the Lightboard

The Lightboard is a glass chalkboard combined with a video camera setup that allows instructors to create educational content. Writing on the board's transparent surface, instructors face the audience, and lecturing with hand-drawn or imported visuals. Facing the camera while lecturing creates a more natural and engaging recording.

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Possible Uses

Making recordings on the Lightboard requires some thought, advance planning, and production support, but can be very effective in supporting student learning. Like a regular classroom chalkboard or whiteboard in a classroom, the Lightboard can be used while lecturing to:

  • Model sample problems
  • Annotate diagrams and images
  • Illustrate persistently challenging concepts
  • Explore creative performances or storytelling

The Lightboard can be utilized when creating single recordings, or to prepare a series of lectures or micro-lectures.

Working with ITS

Colgate professors from any discipline may work with ITS to create instructional content using the Lightboard. ITS support includes:

  • Lightboard orientation and practice in the studio
  • Content planning and storyboarding
  • Consideration of evidence-based practices for creating and using instructional video
  • Post-production editing
  • Uploading and sharing content on Colgate’s supported media platforms
  • Activity design and guidance for learners, using recorded content
  • The creation of sample assessments to collect learner feedback

Contact Information

To utilize the Lightboard or learn more about it, contact:

Instructional Designer - Innovative Media

Ask for Help

If you are unable to find the information you need in the documentation available online, the ITS Service Desk is available to assist.