Why use a lightboard?

  • Writing on a lightboard allows you to face your audience for a natural and more personal connection.
  • A lightboard gives you the comfort and familiar feel of a whiteboard, but you can also overlay images and video content to enhance your presentations.
  • You can use it 'live' or create video recordings that allow you to continuously create dynamic content easily.
A photo of the Gordon Library Lightboard Studio
  • Reserving the Lightboard Studio

    • To book time in the Lightboard Studio, please use the reservation link under the Actions menu on this page.
    Gordon Library revised C-term hours
    The Gordon Library will be open between the hours of 10am-2pm through February 11, 2021. If you would like to reserve the Lightboard Studio outside of these hours, please contact atc@wpi.edu for assistance/guidance.
    • When you reserve the Lightboard Studio, please contact atc@wpi.edu to make arrangements for a wireless lavaliere microphone and a set of special markers to be used when capturing in this space. 
    Lightboard Training
    Note: The ATC strongly recommends a quick training to familiarize yourself with the system. When you request your microphone and special lightboard markers, please also request a training session.
  • Lightboard Studio Best Practices

    Clothing Guidance

    • Avoid clothing with large lettering as it will appear backwards in the capture.
    • It is best to wear solid, dark clothing as this will not wash out your annotations. The bright markers will wash out into lighter colored clothing making it difficult for students to see your annotations. 

    Recording Best Practices

    • Make sure to position the wireless lavaliere microphone around your upper chest area, not too close to your mouth so as not to record any heavy breathing.
    • If you take a pause from writing on the lightboard during your capture, step to the side while speaking so that viewers will be able to clearly see your annotations.
    • Look directly at the camera when possible so as to simulate direct eye contact with your viewers.
  • Equipment in the Lightboard Studio

    • Revolution Tabletop Lightboard System with presenter lights
    • AVer PTZ310n camera with remote and tripod
    • Dell OptiPlex 5060 computer
    • Wireless keyboard and mouse
    • Echo360 appliance for creating recorded videos
    • Zoom software for live studio captures
    • 2 confidence monitors; one wall-mounted and one on the equipment cabinet
    About the confidence monitors
    In the Lightboard Studio, there are 2 confidence monitors that you can use to see what is being captured/recorded. The use of these monitors is optional and will not affect recording, but you may find them helpful to make sure that your writing is legible and that where you are standing behind the lightboard is not washing out your annotations. 
    a photo of the Lightboard Studio equipment
  • Using the Lightboard Studio

    Lightboard Studio training
    The ATC strongly recommends a quick training to familiarize yourself with the system. When you request your microphone and special lightboard markers, please also request a training session. 
    1. Log into the PC using the keyboard and mouse.
    2. Power on the wall confidence monitor.
    3. Power on the AverCam using the provided remote control.
    4. Using the controls on the side of the lightboard raise or lower the table to a comfortable height.
    5. Using the controls on the side of the lightboard turn on the 3 dimmer switches to power on the lightboard. 
    6. From the PC, launch the OBS Studio software.
    7. In the OBS Studio software, right-click in the middle of the main window and select Projector Mode from the menu that appears.
    8. Adjust the AVerCam view using the remote and the zoom/pan buttons so that the desired camera view will be captured.
    9. Launch either Echo360 or Zoom from the PC to begin your capture. Be sure your camera source is set to the AVerCam.
    10. When you have finished your capture, close out of Echo360 or Zoom and log out of the PC.
    11. Turn off the lightboard using the dimmer switch knobs on the side.
    12. If applicable, power off the wall confidence monitor.
    In the OBS Studio software, right-click in the middle of the screen and select Fullscreen Projector  from the menu.