Interactive Whiteboards

This section of the SONET site is dedicated to 'interactive whiteboards' - what they are, and how they can be used to enhance teaching. For further information on whiteboards, contact the School of Nursing's 'whiteboards champion', Damion McCormick.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an interactive whiteboard?

An interactive whiteboard is a large display panel that functions as a projector screen on which a computer image can be controlled by touching or writing on the surface. The screen image can then be saved, printed or distributed over a network (photo).

What are the benefits?

The board can perform all the functions of a standard flipchart but has many more advantages. Perhaps the most useful is the ability to display what you write or draw on the main data projector screen. This allows the whole group can view the text or image even at the back of a large lecture theatre.

The board has lots of other advantages. These are some of the things that might be useful:

What are the barriers?

Why are interactive whiteboards new to Universities when Schools have been using them for many years?

Although interactive whiteboards have been used extensively in schools and further education intuitions, their use in higher education has been limited. One reason why the boards may be less popular within higher education is due to the problems associated with large group teaching. To be used interactively within a large lecture theatre the board must be low enough for all parts to be within easy reach. This often means that students at the back of the lecture theatre struggle to see the whole board. The new generation of interactive whiteboards have resolved this problem by linking an interactive whiteboard with an existing data projector. The size of the display image is only limited by the size of the projector screen. The interactive whiteboard can also be used as a dual display which allows the user to select different images on the data projector and interactive whiteboard. For example, a video clip can be displayed on the data project and at an appropriate point the video can be stopped, the image captured, then annotated on the interactive whiteboard (photo).    

Do I have access to an interactive whiteboard?

Yes. The University has recently purchased 25 interactive whiteboards that have been installed in a number of different departments including the QMC. The School of Nursing has installed interactive whiteboards at the Nottingham and Boston Centres. If this pilot project is successful and other centres show an interest in using this equipment interactive whiteboards will be installed in other centres.

How can I get involved with the project?

If you are interested in finding out more about interactive whiteboards please e-mail
Regular updates including downloadable video resources will be posted on the SONET site.  

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