Using Lightboard Lectures to Enhance Online, Blended, and Flipped Classroom Pedagogies

Title of Proposal:

Using Lightboard Lectures to Enhance Online, Blended, and Flipped Classroom Pedagogies.

Course(s) or curriculum affected:

A Lightboard recording system could potentially affect any curriculum wanting to create online material for hybrid, flipped, or online classrooms. Initially, this will be used to help generate content for existing online classes in the Engineering curriculum as well as generate how-to videos for operating equipment within the labs. In particular the classes impacted by the videos created using this system would include PECA (ECE09.201), Signals and Systems (ECE 09.3XX), and PAECE (ECE 09.321). If the location of the Light Board is one which is easily accessible by faculty from other departments, there are many departments such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and more which could make improved online content.

Name of Applicants

John Schmalzel, Mario Leone, Russell Trafford

Objectives of the Proposal


As Engineers, one of the vital elements of pedagogical approach is the inclusion of the whiteboard. From explaining theories to solving example problems, written language and mathematics are still the vital life-line of the learning process. When looking for video lectures and tutorials online for topics such as circuit construction, statics, etc., someone is inevitably either at a whiteboard or writing things down on a tablet. Attempts at providing the same experience as in the classroom online has been made, but one of the most successful advances we feel has been the inclusion of a transparent whiteboard. Examples of these types of systems can be seen below:

Unlike previous methods where a person is writing on a tablet and the voice is recorded over the video, or where an instructor attempts to write on a whiteboard but ends up with their back facing the camera, a transparent whiteboard allows the instructor to face the camera in a more natural and inviting way. By facing the camera and the viewer, we believe that this makes a more personal connection between the viewer and the instructor. We believe this will make the videos more engaging for students and improve retention of the course material. With the addition of some video editing software, it is even possible to overlay pictures and video over the recording, enhancing even further the viewing experience.


Initially, there would be one Lightboard located in XXXXXXXXX building, with access open to those who need it


Description of the Specific Innovation

A Lightboard would be a new tool to add to the growing set of resources available to instructors for making content. Along with generating videos covering lecture materials and example programs, it would also provide a unique way to generate how-to videos for utilizing lab equipment and different techniques in the projects labs. The Lightboard also opens up a new form of assignment for classes, wherein students could be asked to generate an example problem and create a video showing them working through it.

Required Academic Technology Support

Academic Technologies’ involvement in this project could vary based on the interest in pursuing a more advanced version of the system. In the initial implementation, we would like to work with Academic Technologies to use their current video editing softwares and video hosting resources to