What is Lightboard?

The NU Lightboard is an innovative breakthrough in visual demonstration technology that was invented by NU engineering faculty. By combining the utility of a classroom whiteboard, a sheet of architectural glass, and a video camera, Lightboard is a teaching tool that is familiar, easy to use, and captured on tape. From behind the glass you can give the same visual presentation you would give in a classroom, using neon whiteboard markers, but without turning your back to the students.

Examples of Lightboard Videos

The video above is a 60 second overview of the technology and its capabilities featuring its creator, Professor Michael Peshkin.

The above video demonstrates the mixed use application for the Lightboard combining interlaced PowerPoint slides and live problem-solving demonstrations.

When should I use Lightboard?

The Lightboard is perfect for explaining concepts that can be diagrammed, for deconstructing math problems and for annotating graphics and mock-ups that can be projected. This type of demonstration is very effective at introducing motion and continuous visual flow into tutorials, along with extemporaneous speaking. (MIT, MOOC Videos)

How do I use Lightboard?


The Lightboard studio was designed with self-service in mind. After minimal training by an Instructional Technologist, any faculty can reserve the room and produce their own recordings. All recordings are automatically saved to a storage server, from which they can be transferred to a flashdrive, other personal storage, or video host (e.g. YouTube). And in case you can’t take the video to go, you can access it remotely from the Lightboard server for 90 days.


Once your videos are produced and ready to share, work with your learning designer to prepare closed captioning files. If you scripted your recording, your learning designer and instructional technologist can convert your script into a caption file. Otherwise, your video will be processed with the help of our captioning service providers behind the scenes in a matter of days.