Illustrating Key Concepts and Problems Using a Lightboard

Lightboards combine a chalkboard with a projection screen that floats course content in a space between the instructor and their students. This device generates a kind of virtual reality to engage students in a way that traditional online learning platforms are unable to replicate. The glass panel is invisible to the viewers, it provides a surface that an instructor can compose bright, legible writing against a black background, all the while facing the student audience.

Instructors can create a single scene where students observe the presenter, the board, computer-generated graphics (PowerPoint, graphs, photos), and any physical objects (models, instruments, etc.) that are a critical part of the lesson. Once edited, these videos may be shared with students using CyBox, YouTube, Vimeo, or your college’s video server and linked through Canvas, ISU’s academic Learning Management System (LMS).

Interested in learning more? Download the CELT Lightboard Studio (PDF)

Instructor Orientation to the ISU Lightboard Recording Studio

View Scott Grawe’s (Chair, Department of Supply Chain Management and Robert & Jane Sturgeon Fellow in Business) Instructor Orientation to the ISU Lightboard Recording Studio YouTube video [10 minutes and 48 seconds]Lightboard Tips & Tricks (PDF)

Instructional Uses

Faculty at Iowa State University have used the Lightboard Studio in a variety of ways:

  • Produced short lecture-type videos to “flip” their classroom. In a flipped classroom, students watch a video lecture before class, and faculty use class time to focus on problem solving and applications of the lecture material.
  • Created tutorials for solving difficult problems or explanations of more complex topics that might otherwise take up a significant amount of class time.
  • Shared annotations to illustrate problems and processes on the same plane as other visual elements (e.g., flowcharts, diagrams, pictures).

Scott Grawe, Associate Professor, illustrates key course concepts for SCM 466: Supply Chain Management

Students may review content at any time because Grawe has provided access to it through Canvas. In addition to the online content, Grawe’s class meets one time per week to go through case studies and various interactive activities designed to maximize face-to-face learning time. View Scott Grawe, Associate Professor, illustrates key course concepts for SCM 466: Supply Chain Management YouTube Video.

Amber Bellville, College of Business, flips SCM 301: Supply Chain Management

Bellville’s course uses the Lightboard to illustrate quantitative techniques to varying business situations. She has integrated PowerPoint into her Lightboard problem examples to show complex formulas and large data sets. View Amber Bellville, College of Business, flips SCM 301: Supply Chain Management YouTube Video.

Using the Lightboard

The ISU Lightboard Studio is located in 2B Parks Library and its usage is coordinated by CELT. Members of the ISU teaching community may use the Lightboard by emailing celt@iastate.edu or calling CELT at 515-294-5357 to schedule an appointment.

CELT has compiled a list of useful tips when using Lightboard to help clients make the most of a Lightboard Studio appointment. Download the Lightboard Tips & Tricks (PDF).


Acknowledgements:

  • Scott Grawe (Chair, Department of Supply Chain Management and Robert & Jane Sturgeon Fellow in Business) obtained funding to build the Lightboard through the 2015 President’s Flipped Classroom Initiative.
  • The ISU Lightboard studio was engineered and constructed by Matthew Carver, Roger Suski, and Paul Jewell (Engineering–LAS Online Learning).
  • Studio space was provided by Parks Library.
  • The original concept for the Lightboard was developed by Dr. Michael A. Peshkin, Northwestern University. View the Lightboard Resources: Build | Buy | Learn website.

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