Center for Online Learning
Georgia Southern University


Lightboards help faculty transition from using chalkboards in face-to-face classrooms to publishing the same lectures online using digital video.

By using a piece of glass instead of a chalkboard and luminescent ink instead of chalk, the traditional chalkboard has been re-imagined for a new era and is known as a Lightboard. Originally invented by Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University, the current model housed at Georgia Southern was created by our own team of technology experts.

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Dr. Peter Rogers, Department of Civil Engineering & Construction Management


  • Simulates face-to-face teaching methods
  • Engages and captures students’ attention with eye contact and gestures
  • Presents your content to students in a way that is natural and familiar
  • Ideal for STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), but appropriate for any discipline using symbols, drawings, equations, formulas, illustrations, and diagrams to explain complex processes.

How It Works

  1. Review how other faculty at Georgia Southern use the Lightboard.
  2. Register via form to use the Lightboard. Read the Lightboard Best Practices document, then contact Stacy Kluge ( for the registration link.
  3. You will be contacted by COL staff to set up a preliminary consultation about your project.
  4. COL staff will schedule your initial filming appointment at the Multimedia Development Center.
  5. MDC staff will show you how to use the board and will record your session.
  6. COL staff will assist you with editing and publishing videos. You should expect to spend a significant amount of time selecting which portions of the original files to use in the final product and which to discard.

Contact Stacy Kluge to learn more about the Lightboard program.

The Lightboard at Georgia Southern is a collaborative venture between The Center for Online Learning, Information Technology Services, The Multimedia Development Center and Drs. Jeff & Jessica Orvis of the Chemistry Department.

Last updated: 8/18/2017

Center for Online Learning : : Henderson Library, Suite 1303 : : (912) 478-0049