Keck School of Medicine of USC Lightboard

By Paul Henry / in , , /

Hi. I’m Patrick Crispen at the Keck School
of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Let’s say I’m interested in
‘flipping the classroom.’ What that means is I’m going to give my students the declarative
and procedural knowledge that they need to know and that they’d normally get in a lecture.
I’m going to give it to them before they come to class so that when they come to class
I can be focusing on the clinical skills that they need to be successful as doctors. So
how do I do that? A couple of ways. One is I could go into any of our classrooms, bring
in a camera, and I could go around and turn around to the board and write on the board
and watch myself doing that … but that’s kind of rude. I’ve got my back to you. It’s
not really engaging. It’s not they way that we communicate as educators. Well I could
also go and download software and put it on my computer—screen recording software (Camtasia)—and I get
a tablet … but who has time for that? Nobody has time to download software, install software,
learn how to use it. Well, that’s where this project comes in. For the past couple of months
we’ve been working on something here at Keck based on a design from Northwestern University
that’s called the “Lightboard.” I’m actually standing behind a giant sheet of
glass. On the other side there’s a camera pointed at me and the camera actually has
the image reversed. For example, this is my right hand .. or at least what’s left of it.
And I’m going to write on this board normally—just like I would normally would—in fact it’s
like I’m doing this. But I am going to turn around and just write the word “Lightboard”
… and thanks to the magic of some LED lights that we put at the top and bottom of this,
it’s glowing on the screen. It looks like magic. All I’m doing is writing on the board.
And I can write whatever I want on this. I can write diagrams. I can write pictures.
In fact, if I wanted to, I could right over here pop up my PowerPoint presentation. And
in my PowerPoint presentation I can make it a solid image or, better still, I can make
it transparent. And I can stand behind and give some information or even write on the
screen and get some people information on this. So this is called the “Lightboard.”
It’s a brand new studio here at the Keck School of Medicine. And if you’re interested
in learning more about this, I’m going to put up our email address. If you go to [email protected],
we’d be happy to make an appointment to show you how to use this. By the way, how difficult
was this? Let me give you a hint: I just did this with a broken right wrist!

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