When creating content for digital delivery (i.e. the Interwebs), it sometimes seems as if we start to lose that important element of the instructor’s presence. Creating a lecture using screen capture or PowerPoint narration just isn’t the same as being in from of your student so they can see you face, your hands, and hear your voice. Of course you can just record yourself in front of a white board but then you are turning your back to the camera. A solution? Something called a Lightboard. This is a board that allows instructors to face their audience (the camera) and write at the same time.
Lightboards can be built in many ways, but essentially they all include the same parts. A plexiglass board, a black background, lighting, a mirror, and a camera. At Morningside we have created our own lightboard thanks to the persistence of Jessica Tinklenberg and the handiness of Jeremy Schneider.
Here is a quick demonstration of the lightboard that was shown in a faculty meeting recently:
Making lightboard videos is very simple, simply prepare your lecture, show up to the studio (currently on the second floor of the library), set the lights (about your height), and turn on the camera. Any miss-steps, errors, time spent erasing, etc. can be easily edited out post-production.
For me I plan to use this extensively in the development of a potential hybrid stats class in the future. In the past I used a program that recorded on a virtual whiteboard, but I want my videos for this class to be a bit more personal then my disembodied voice narrating a set of equations. Anyone who does create content using out lightboard we would love for you to share with the community so that we can see how you use it. Please tweet your video to @MsideEdTech so that we can all see the cool stuff Morningsiders can make!