Why use a Lightboard for Teaching?

If your institution offers you access to a lightboard, do NOT hesitate to try it out.

Since I’ve had the pleasure of playing with the technology, I now know that I want to use it more often. This first time I’ve created a short video lesson for your inspiration. Since the lightboard in my institution is a simple glass frame with no computer attached, I needed to do some editing after the shoot. In order to add visuals and text, I used Camtasia and Paint 3D. For the interactive elements, I then uploaded the video on to Youtube to have a link that I could use to create an interactive video with the H5P tool.

Read below the video for reasons why you could use a lightboard too.


There is a range of reasons, the most prevalent among them is the motivation to engage learners with content and the instructor outside of the classroom. If you need to free up class time, for instance, you can create video lectures or tutorials for your students to watch before they enter the classroom. Coming to class prepared, will make space for practice and application activities. This is also often called the flipped-classroom approach because the onus is on the students to actively work with the knowledge gained instead of staying in the passive receiving mode all throughout.

In cases when your class time wasn’t sufficient to clarify specific subject matters or go into further depth, a video tutorial could be the opportunity for your students to review the material from a new angle that you provide them with after class. Then you might want to consider using the lightboard recording as your chance to follow-up with particular explanations or summaries of the most important aspects you want your students to understand.

In a fully online learning environment video tutorials can be one way to enrich and personalize the content delivery to your students. When recording your lecture with the lightboard, you are facing the camera. You can pair the information (notes, graphics, sketches, annotations, etc.) with your voice, gestures and body language which will help your students relate to you as the instructor and thus help you build better connections than you possible could by only using emails or written forums as the dominant form of course communication.

Lightboard lessons allow your students to learn at their own pace – they can pause and rewind the videos whenever they find it necessary. If you add interactive quizzing questions to a video, you can encourage students to self-evaluate their learnign and thus, also gain a sense for areas that they are still struggling with as they go through your lessons.