Let There Be Light!

Monday, February 6, 2017

We made a Lightboard.

(“What’s a lightboard,” you say?  I’m glad you asked.)

A lightboard is an active and attractive way to explain and demonstrate content to your audience, with your own handwriting.  Essentially a “glass chalkboard,” the lightboard uses neon colors to have your written text stand out and make a lasting impression.  LED lights illuminate the glass to make the markers really pop-out.  The effect is that the instructor is actually writing on your computer screen.

Northwestern University was an early innovator with this instructional hardware solution.  For our construction, we followed assembly plans developed by Duke University.  Assembly took a few months, and we’ve recently been testing.  We’re ready to open the gates – the lightboard is now an operational option in our studio space.  Big thanks to our own Neil Rasmussen, who was the mastermind behind its fabrication.

The Center for Online Distance Learning is having a Lunch and Learn conversation this week about using the lightboard in the creation of online instructional materials.  Thursday, February 9, from 12-1pm in Budig, Room 6.  Doug Ward and I will be demonstrating the technology and talking strategies and best practices.

If you can’t make that, feel free to reach out to me (jrinnert@ku.edu, 864-2603) for more information.

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