Record Myself & Lightboard

The Lightboard is a glass chalkboard filled with light and used for recording dynamic, just-in-time video lectures.  You face toward your viewers and your writing glows in front of you.

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  1. The Lightboard Studio is located in the Technological Institute, B111. 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston Campus. If you are interested in using the Lightboard Studio, use the online scheduler to sign up and reserve studio time.
  2. Find out more at and specifically the 'Best Practices' page.



Here is an example of a pre-class lecture video filmed in the Lightboard studio which the instructor embeds into his Canvas course for easy viewing.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Lightboard, see what a video using it looks like, and hear the inspiration behind its creation. 

The Lightboard


Key Features and Benefits

The Lightboard is a pane of glass suspended in a metal frame with embedded LED lights that provide dramatic illumination of hand drawn information. It allows for the creation of video lectures and direct interaction with handwritten notes and diagrams while facing the camera. The diagrams and notes seemingly float in the air in front of the instructor. Carefully calibrated preset lighting and camera equipment in the Lightboard studio complete the self-serve video production set-up by providing a mechanism whereby teachers and students can use the studio to create interesting, high-quality videos.


I created the Lightboard so that I can get these small videos to my students as they need them without a lot of production overhead, but also, with training, allow any faculty member or student to produce their own. I needed to prepare these video lectures first of all efficiently in my time, and secondly with a decent quality so the students could see me looking at them, see my hands and clearly read what I’m writing.

Michael Peshkin, Bette and Neison Harris Professor in Teaching Excellence, McCormick School of Engineering