New Technologies and Education: Transparent Lightboard

5 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2022 Last revised: 25 Feb 2022

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Krishnamurthy Bindumadhavan

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani

Koka Anjani Srikanth

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Rajasthan

Date Written: February 4, 2022

Abstract

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, conducts Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) as a means of continuing education for employed professionals. WILP introduced the Transparent Lightboard in 2017 with the objective of enhancing student engagement. The “lightboard” is a transparent board that is placed between the instructor and the camera and enables the instructor to face the camera while delivering lectures. The instructor can note the key points, write equations, and draw relevant diagrams on the transparent whiteboard using a special neon marker. LEDs are placed along the edges of the “lightboard” such that it illuminates the board and makes the writing “pop out”, using a Physics principle called total internal reflection of light. The camera image is “flipped” using either a mirror or via technology, enabling instructors to make eye contact with students leading to a more engaging delivery. The lightboard makes it easy to demonstrate things and facilitates experiential learning. Initial feedback suggests that students like the enhanced level of interaction/ engagement with the instructor. Our study has found that there is a positive impact of the Lightboard on student engagement.

Keywords: transparent lightboard, student engagement, work integrated learning programs

Suggested Citation

Bindumadhavan, Krishnamurthy and Koka, Anjani Srikanth, New Technologies and Education: Transparent Lightboard (February 4, 2022). Proceedings of the International Conference on Best Innovative Teaching Strategies (ICON-BITS 2021) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4027095 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4027095

Krishnamurthy Bindumadhavan (Contact Author)

Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani ( email )

Pilani Campus
Vidya Vihar
Pilani, Rajasthan 333 031
India

Anjani Srikanth Koka

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Rajasthan ( email )

Pilani Campus, Vidya Vihar
Pilani - 333031, Rajasthan, India

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