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Learning Glass: Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Book

  • Your learning glass reservation includes studio time and all of the required equipment. Book your time at the Manhattan Library or Wisser Library as soon as possible to guarantee a time slot. To make a reservation email

Step 2: Prepare

Prepare your notes or format your slides. You are able to use a laptop as a point of reference during a recording.

a. Objectives

  • What do you want your audience to learn while watching your presentation?
  • What approach is best suited to support that learning? Scientific diagrams and formulas? Annotated text and images? Notes?

b. Assessment

  • Consider the measures you will be using to see if your presentation has had the desired impact on learning (test scores, performance in collaborative activities, etc.). A good instructional design principle is to ensure alignment between learning objectives, assessment and the activity (associated with the presentation).

c. What to Wear

  • It is recommended NOT to wear black, as you could appear to be a floating head on a black background.
  • It is recommended to NOT wear very bright colors either, as your writing on learning glass may become hard to read.
  • AVOID patterns such as plaid, polka dots or stripes.
  • AVOID anything with the bright green color of the green screen as you will disappear.
  • WEAR darker clothing so your writing is readable in front of your clothing.

d. Electronic Insertion of Images with OBS Studio

Most lightboard videos include writing or diagramming. It is also possible to digitally insert PowerPoint slides. The library will provide a laptop with video streaming software OBS,  and a video transcoder (Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini-Recorder). 

e. Setting up PowerPoint for Learning Glass

  • Make sure your PowerPoint background color has the color code: #00ff00 or RGB code 0,255,0. This will serve as a "green screen."
  • All text should be white to appear on the black background.
  • Images should be in a high resolution and copyright cleared.

Step 3: Record

  • Arrive with your notes or slide deck and shoot. Many takes may be necessary so book more time than you think you will need.

Step 4. Export

  • Your video can be published privately or publicly to YouTube using NYIT's Google Apps for Education. Login to YouTube using your NYIT credentials.
  • You can add text in YouTube. This can be for a superimposed intro caption, or for reinforcement or corrections. Use YouTube's annotations of the types called notes and titles.
  • You can also bring a portable drive (USB stick) for loading your raw files or ask that they videos be shared with you.

Step 5: Share

Share your link or embed your video into your course content.

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