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Thursday, June 23 • 13:45 - 14:45
PK07.12e - A Brilliant Design: Using the Lightboard to Rapidly Develop Innovative Online and Blended Learning Resources

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Many universities have adopted the Lightboard since 2013 when Michael Peshkin at Northwestern developed the technology and made its design freely available. The Lightboard is a glass dry-erase board on which an instructor can draw or write with fluorescent markers while facing a camera. When recorded with a high-quality video camera, the images and words appear to float in mid-air without any post-production. This allows faculty to write, sketch, or annotate images all the while engaging with students by facing them. Writing is corrected by recording the image from a mirror, using cameras with in-built image inversion, or in post-production. Once set up, the Lightboard empowers faculty to rapidly develop engaging learning resources with minimal support needed from production staff.

Lightboards represent an innovation in e-Learning that has rapidly spread in higher education, but the potential effectiveness of the innovation have not yet been examined in detail. The potential benefits of this simple and elegant tool include providing an easy way for faculty to produce engaging video-based lectures for use in online or flipped classroom approaches. The ease of use from the instructor’s perspective may help to overcome uneasiness about engaging with video production, and also reduce some of the challenges that alternative solutions like digital screens, drawing tablets, and expensive post-production cause. Because the instructor faces the camera, students can see all the non-verbal cues that good instructors use in their classrooms, and can get a sense that the instructor is speaking directly to them. This session will describe the Lightboard recently commissioned at our institution, including technical details of the construction, improvements over previous designs, and how it is being used. Participants will be able to identify strengths and weaknesses of Lightboard use, reflect on how it can improve their online teaching, and facilitate construction of a Lightboard.

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Nobuko Fujita

Learning Specialist, University of Windsor
Nobuko Fujita is a Learning Specialist in the Office of Open Learning at University of Windsor. She has developed online and blended learning resources to support deep individual and collaborative learning at the University of Toronto as well as at Windsor. She has a doctorate in... Read More →
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Mark Lubrick

Learning Specialist, University of Windsor
Mark Lubrick is a Learning Specialist in the Office of Open Learning at University of Windsor. He is a University of Windsor alumnus with a bachelor's and master's degree in Physics, as well as a bachelor of Education. Mark loves teaching and believes that online learning provides... Read More →

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Nick Baker

Nick Baker is the Director, Office of Open Learning at University of Windsor. He has developed and taught very large online active learning courses, and has 15 years of experience in supporting development of courses at the university level in a variety of roles from instructional... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 13:45 - 14:45 EDT
UCC 146