The College of Engineering’s new Lightboard studio allows the creation of interactive videos where the presenter faces towards the screen with overlaid writing and PowerPoint slides.  First developed by Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University, he describes his idea as “a glass chalkboard pumped full of light. It's for recording video lecture topics. You face toward your viewers, and your writing glows in front of you.”

Our Lightboard studio was built by a team of undergraduate Swansea engineering students supervised by Richard Cobley, Karin Ennser and Gareth Evans. The studio features two cameras which record through a sheet of high transparency glass where the presenter, writing, and overlaid PowerPoint slides are always visible.

Lightboard lends itself to the visual explanation of ideas, where seeing the presenter maintains engagement.  Recorded video files are available to upload to Blackboard or video sharing web sites. We are able to live broadcast via e-stream, Skype, Facebook or Youtube if you want to use Lightboard for meetings or presentations.

lightboard at swansea university
student at lightboard computer

What can Lightboard be used for?

Our Lightboard is primarily intended for blended learning – additional online video material to support teaching. 

For examples please see our test videos on

However, it’s available to anyone within the University who wants to record videos which mix any combination of a presenter, hand-written board writing, PowerPoint slides, overlaid videos, graphics and close-up live demonstration.  Unlike lecture capture the board writing and material appear in front of the presenter so are not obscured while the presenter writes and interacts with the viewers. 

Many universities around the world use a Lightboard. 

For more examples see the original Lightboard website and The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.