The Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University introduced lightboard learning technology last summer. The lightboard originated at Northwestern University, where its inventor, Michael Peshkin, created an open source repository to share with others how to build and use a lightboard for teaching, lightboard.info/.
In a lightboard video, the instructor is not just a voice over slides or a disembodied hand writing out equations. Using lightboard technology, the instructor faces the camera and is more “present” while sharing content such as diagrams, equations, formulas, or processes with students in a visually compelling way. By incorporating a computer into the setup, slides and other content, such as 3D models, can be overlaid on the video for the instructor to annotate or demonstrate.
Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences Jennifer Bryant, Ph.D., has been an early adopter of creating “flipped’ classroom videos for P1 students in a fall foundational science course. Bryant found that while it took a little time to learn how to present information effectively using the board, it grew easier with each recording.