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LIghtboard (glass whiteboards)

Lightboard Example

Paul Bodine sent me some information on research he had conducted on creating a lightboard. This tool can be used to teach using the equivalent of a whiteboard without looking away from students (or a camera). As Paul says, it turns out that building a glowing clear marker board is very simple and inexpensive:

  1. Dry-Erase Neon Markers
  2. Thick Sheet of Plexiglas
  3. Frame Around it with LED Light Strips Set Into the Pocket
  4. Hang from the ceiling/wall bracket
  5. Plug lights in

It looks like you can get a version from Amazon for about $230

Digging deeper, Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University has a comprehensive set of instructions, FAQs, and examples at


Digitizing 35mm Colour Negatives

request form

For those that need to digitize 35mm colour negatives and photographs, the Library’s Digital Services Department has the equipment and offers the service to faculty.

There is a form that faculty member must complete:

Materials would need to be delivered to the Richardson Library in room 209.


Reminder - Older courses to be removed from D2L

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FITS sent out this email reminder to faculty:

Just a reminder, to make your experience using D2L the best it can be, to help with system performance, and to comply with records retention policies, the University will be implementing a process to remove older course material from D2L. Once materials are removed from D2L they will no longer be available for retrieval.

Beginning July 1, 2015, Information Services will begin removing courses from the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years.

Faculty wishing to retain a personal copy of materials found in these courses are able to export them to an archive file which can be stored locally on a flash drive, U: or W: drive or other external storage device. These archived courses can be later imported back into D2L or another Learning Management System. No student data (grades, submitted work, etc) will be retained when courses are exported.

For directions on how to export a course see the section on Exporting Course Components to a File in the following quickguide. If you need assistance with this process, please contact

All exports will need to be completed by June 30, 2015. IMPORTANT: once materials have been removed from the system, we will be unable to retrieve them.

If you have any questions, please contact

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