Physical Spaces

Irwin Library, the CAT offices, and the Lightboard are closed until August 1, 2022. The Sound Booth equipment is temporarily relocated to PB 101B for the summer.

The CAT team supports two physical spaces used for teaching a learning. After an initial training, faculty can use these spaces to create asynchronous content like board work videos, visual lectures, demonstrations, podcasts, and more. Additionally, faculty can partner with CAT to create student projects using these spaces.

  • Lightboard
  • Sound Booth

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About the Lightboard Studio

INNOVATION and ENGAGEMENT motivated a team of BU faculty and staff to develop a Lightboard Studio at Butler. Utilizing the funds awarded from the Innovation Grant, the Lightboard Studio was installed in the basement of Irwin Library.

This innovative technology offers a way to create videos that complement online or hybrid learning models as well as the “flipped” classroom model. It consists of a glass surface that works like a white board that is positioned between the instructor and the camera.

This setup allows the instructor to face the camera while also writing on the transparent surface. Instructors can then illustrate complex concepts, formulas, diagrams or processes. It’s also possible to incorporate PowerPoint slides and other graphics into Lightboard videos for annotation (download the PowerPoint Lightboard template for your college). This form of content presentation allows students the opportunity to review information in support of learning.

For more information contact CAT.

Butler Faculty Examples

Chemistry Instructor Adam Azman

Best Practices

Kim Beck shares her experiences after implementing Lightboard recordings into her class.

Student Outcomes

Kim Beck shares student outcomes from using the Lightboard compared to web videos and screen captures.

Sound Booth

About the Sound Booth

The CAT Sound Booth opened Fall 2018. The Sound Booth, located in the basement of Irwin Library, offers a way to produce high-quality audio recordings for narrated instructional content such as podcasts, screencasts, online lectures, and video that complement online or hybrid learning models as well as the “flipped” classroom model. The room contains a recording computer with two monitors, two cardioid condenser microphones, a web camera, headphones, speakers, a recording interface, and a microphone with a stand.


For recording and podcasting help, try the following resources:

Special thanks to Information Commons student and Recording Industry Studies major Shannon B. for her role in developing these resources.


Reservations are limited to four (4) hours per day per person. View the Sound Booth Usage Policies for more information; in addition to these policies, the studio is subject to the same terms and conditions outlined in the University’s IT Policies. The Sound Booth policies are subject to change without notice.

Butler Faculty and Staff Using the Sound Booth

Brenda JohnstonUsing Podcasts to Further Student Learning

Students in Brenda Johnston’s AA390: Leadership and Artistic Vision course created collaborative podcasts as their final project. Johnston received a 2019-2020 Academic Technology Innovation Grant (ATIG) to support this project.

Susan AdamsNo More Babbling! Providing “Just in Time” Instructions, Examples, and Project Development Guidance on Key Assessments Using the Sound Booth

As a 2019-2020 Academic Technology Innovation Grant (ATIG) recipient, Dr. Adams created several instructional videos for key assessments using the Sound Booth. While these videos were intented for students, the videos also provided context and additional information for an adjunct faculty who taught the course during Adams’ sabbatical.

James McGrath:

The inaugural episode of the Religion Prof Podcast, the podcast of Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler University, in which he talks about the Bible, science fiction, education, music, and pretty much anything else that happens to grab his surprisingly short attention span.

Have you used the Sound Booth? Share what you created and let us know your experience!