With higher education now being delivered in either multimodal or online formats, there is a need to focus more on engaging students outside of their class times. One such resource that has proven engaging for students is lightboard videos. Lightboard videos provide the audience with a clear view of the educator and allow the educator to write out a message (such as a chemical mechanism or chemical equation) on a transparent board that is illuminated to enhance the focus on the presenter and their written message. Stephanie Schweiker (pictured) and Stephan Levonis have evaluated student engagement over the past few years and have found that using short and snappy lightboard videos between classes has increased their engagement. The videos are on-point with minimal details and extended examples. This means they are quick to watch for students practising questions relating to the videos. The authors have found that their students’ average test scores have increased, and the students have a strong appetite for this type of resource (Schweiker S., Levonis S. J. Chem. Educ. 2020, 97(10), 3867–71).

Period1 Mar 2021

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleLightboard Videos
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletChemistry in Australia
    Media typePrint
    Producer/AuthorReyne Pullen
    PersonsStephanie Schweiker, Stephan Levonis