Headlines: Lightboard at the Media Creation Lab

Headlines: Lightboard at the Media Creation Lab


I’m Sam Dickerson. I’m an assistant
professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. My
name is Sera Thornton. I am a learning scientist and teaching
consultant here at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Pitt. I’ve been
using this light board to record videos for my class. Setup was easy. It’s as
simple as–press a button and do what you would normally do in the classroom. The
light board is basically the same thing as a normal freestanding whiteboard. It’s
made out of glass but what it does is it makes your writing glow. You are facing
the camera because you’re being filmed through the light board.
Your writing is appearing in front of you as if you were just writing on the
screen of the video. This semester was the first time that I tried it and I use
it just for quiz solutions. I now have been able to cover more
material in class because I’m not spending time in class reviewing these
solutions. I got student feedback saying how much
they appreciated having a video where they could go through the quiz solution
step by step. They could go back to the portions that they didn’t understand and
a number of students told me that they watch the videos that I produce
repeatedly. Educational video is a really great tool to use with your students
because it allows them to have a resource that they can go back to and
study exactly what they need to learn, exactly what they’re having trouble with.
I think because of the quality of the video that results from using the
light board that students are actually motivated to watch them. It was
based off of the student feedback that drove me to continue to produce these
videos for the entire semester. The Teaching Center has been absolutely
phenomenal. Sera has been leading the effort on the light board and has taken me through all of the steps necessary to use it. Setting up the
board, advising me on what makes a good video, and I think all of that support
from the Teaching Center has been why the videos have come out so good.
If you would like to use the light board or have questions about it, contact us at
[email protected]

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