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Learning Glass

The Learning Glass is a tool for student engagement for both face-to-face and online classes. The Learning Glass is a transparent “whiteboard” where professors write with a neon marker facing the student. This setup allows for freehand writing and diagramming without having to turn one's back to the audience.

How does the Learning Glass work?  The Learning Glass has an LED light on a low-iron glass which creates a transparent whiteboard. Using neon markers, the presenter faces the camera while writing on the Learning Glass. Images are flipped in post-production.

Thing to Keep in Mind When Using the Learning Glass

1. Preparation

  • Script your video out in advance, either using bullet points in an outline or word-for-word
    • Rehearse on your own before using the Learning Glass
  • Think of how to efficiently use the space on the Learning Glass
    • Learning Glass has smaller surface area than a whiteboard
  • Formulate visual aids ahead of time
  • Wardrobe
    • No logos or text on shirt as it will reverse in post-production
    • No checkered pattern/tight design shirts as moiré patterns may appear
    • Deep blue colored clothing works best
    • Long sleeves are best for increasing visibility of text

Marker is easy to see on dark shirt, difficult to see on light shirt

When using the Learning Glass for the first time, you'll have the opportunity to rehearse and get to know the various technologies involved.

While Using the Learning Glass

An instructor uses the learning glass

  • Consider the idea of one topic, per one board. If you can fit on the board, then you can fit it in a single video.
    • Videos less than ten minutes in length are most effective, and 6-8 minutes is even better
    • If your presentation takes longer than 8 minutes, consider splitting up the videos
  • Speak clearly and enthusiastically
  • Bring your outline or notes
  • You may use a computer while using the LG
  • Start writing on the right or left side of the learning glass, don’t start in the center
  • Anything written in front of your face will not be seen very well
  • Once the Learning Glass is filled, instead of erasing the entire board during one video, you must cut, erase the board, and then start a new video
  • Foibles or inconsequential mistakes are humanizing.

This technology is especially valuable for instructors in science, math, or technology, who often must work through formulae or explain complex processes using illustrations.