You are here

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

Best Practices

1. Preparation

When using the Learning Glass for the first time, you'll have the opportunity to rehearse in the studio and get acquainted with the technology.

  • Write your script in advance; consider presenting one topic per board.
  • Consider splitting up the content into shorter recordings if your presentation is longer than 8 minutes.
  • Rehearse on your own before your recording session.
  • Plan ways to efficiently use the space on the Learning Glass. 
  • Formulate visual aids ahead of time.
  • Wear dark, solid color clothing with no logos or text for best visibility:

2. While Teaching

An instructor uses the learning glass

  • Speak clearly and enthusiastically.
  • Bring your notes to the recording session. You may also use a computer while using the Learning Glass if desired.
  • Start writing from the right or left side; don’t start writing in the center.
  • Avoid writing in front of your face. 
  • Once the Learning Glass is filled with notes, stop recording, erase the board, and restart the recording.
  • Don't worry about making mistakes or having a perfect recording; foibles or inconsequential mistakes are humanizing. Rehearse before the recording to reduce errors.