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Volume 7 Number 2, 2016
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Ye, W. (2016). Lightboard and Chinese Language Instruction. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 7(2), 97-112.
[叶为兵. (2016). “光板”与对外汉语教学. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 7(2), 97-112.]

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The Lightboard, which consists of a specialized glass board, a video camera, and a real-time presenter monitor, is a novel tool that creates instructional videos for hybrid and online courses. It allows an instructor to face viewers through the glass board while simultaneously drawing highly visible sketches or writing notes. Powerpoint slides can also be merged into the Lightboard video, seemingly projected onto the glass board, so that the instructor can annotate and interact with the slides in real time as the video is recorded. Moreover, the final video has much higher quality than traditionally filmed lectures. All these features render the Lightboard a desirable tool for making pedagogical media that can “flip” language classrooms. For example, the Lightboard will serve instructors and students alike through improving the ease of filming short tutorial videos regarding teaching Chinese characters, explaining difficult grammar patterns, correcting common pronunciation errors, while likewise offering homework feedback and review. This article first introduces the Lightboard, including its component parts, working mechanism, and its development history. The paper then analyzes the major advantages and limitations of using Lightboard followed by addressing its implications for Chinese language instruction. Finally, the article provides an example and tips on how to create instructional videos for Chinese courses with the Lightboard system and introduces two ways for installation of a Lightboard studio.


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