Using Lightboard to Create Videos

A lightboard is an easy to use recording tool that allows instructors to mimic writing on a white board. The instructor is able to face the camera and draw diagrams, equations, etc. while explaining the diagrams and facing the audience.


Dr. David Hunter, Professor and Department Head, Department of Statistics, Eberly College of Science, talks about Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) using the new lightboard at Penn State.
Credit: David Hunter

"Iceberg dead ahead - What fraction is underwater?" by Matt Anderson at San Diego State has been edited to include a title page and credits.
Credit: Matt Anderson

Tips and Tricks

  • Talk about one topic at a time!
  • Keep your videos to five minutes or less
  • Only fill the board once - erasing a little bit is ok but if you need to erase all or most of the board, the video is likely too long.
  • Bring a flash drive!
  • Pause before starting and look at camera. This gives you a good cut point.
  • Wear darker clothes - no patterns or words
  • Stand out of the content area. This is not always possible but try to plan for this and allow yourself some places to stand where the writing is not covering your face the majority of the time. Some faculty use columns and stand in the middle
  • When you aren't writing or pointing, look at the camera
  • Be aware that you aren't drawing outside of the camera view
  • There is an off camera shelf you can use to place notes
  • Plan to be the only person in the room. If someone else is with you they will show up in the reflection
  • Note that currently there isn't any ability to project on the screen


Currently, there is only one prototype at University Park. It is in 210B Rider Building. To schedule time to record, send an email to