Using a Lightboard in an Online Math Course to Emulate the Face-to-face Experience
Concurrent Session 6
In this presentation, we share our journey to implement a new lightboard at our institution. We have experienced a breakthrough in the online presentation of mathematical content. Come see how a professor faces his audience while writing on the "board", instead of the traditional "look at my back" lecture.
Two years ago, a UNLV assistant professor of the Math Learning Center, along with our development team, began the process of creating an online version of two existing developmental math courses, Math 95 and Math 96. A lightboard was proposed as a means of presenting mathematical content in a way that emulates a lecture in the classroom. The lightboard, however, allows the professor to face the audience in contrast to the traditional lecture where he/she is facing the board. In this session we will showcase content filmed at our institution for Math 95 and Math 96, our two developmental math courses. We will highlight the contributions of instructional designers, videographers, instructional artists and other staff members of the Office of Online Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The process of planning, filming, and editing video lectures, as well as creating and inserting interactive content to enhance the course and engage students required a variety of skill and expertise. This effort is a work in progress to improve the professor/student user experience and gather data on its effectiveness. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss ways of adopting and implementing a similar process at their own institutions considering the resources available to them.