The Livestream Lightboard and the Organic Building of Learning Communities

Event Date & Time

  • June 1, 2022
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

Event Description

This event is part of the CTLT Spring Institute, taking place from May 31–June 3, 2022. To view all events, visit

Online classrooms and e-learning have become more the norm for teaching and learning, and Dr. Matt Yedlin, a UBC ECE professor in partnership with his TA, Samuel Ng and Andrew Wang, Media Specialist from UBC Studios, looked at ways to see how different technological tools can be used to counteract the phenomenon of dropping engagement that can inhibit the student learning experience in the virtual classroom.

To address this challenge, the technical team at UBC Studios partnered with Dr. Yedin and his teaching team to create a live Zoom feed, a confidence monitor, and a system to notify Dr. Yedlin of any student questions. During the course, Dr. Yedlin saw a positive change in the level of student engagement.

In this session, we will share how the livestream lightboard was set up, how Dr. Yedin used it in the virtual classroom, and how students engaged with the livestreams. We will then investigate how the engagement in the livestream setting shaped and impacted the live classroom environment when classes transitioned back to the face-to-face format.


  • Matt Yedlin, Professor from UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Samuel Ng. Teaching Assistant
  • Andrew Wang, Media Specialist, UBC Studios