2020 Learning and Teaching Forum
Staff were invited to submit a poster idea that will provoke discussion on the theme from the Forum: "Learning without limits: Leading the change". The posters will be showcased at the Forum and a prize will be awarded for the best poster, as voted by Forum attendees. Posters will also be published in an eBooklet available online on the Teaching Gateway. No posters will be printed for the Forum, or for distribution afterwards.
Guides for online posters
When submitting your poster, submit your file as a PDF in the format yourname.pdf. Please submit in the template sizes provided above.
For asynchronous posters
A video (approx. 5 minute) will be submitted which addresses the content of the poster (PDF). Please submit the PDF of your poster in addition to the MP4 recording.
Videos can be created in whichever format preferred e.g. via PowerPoint voiceovers, or using the Teams meeting function that authors set up privately to record.
Posters must be submitted via individual Sharepoint folders (please check the first email sent to you) by 9am Tuesday 10 November 2020.
Please ensure the accuracy of the information you provide as it will be published in Forum materials and the Forum Posters eBooklet.
You can refer to the 2019 Forum Posters eBooklet for guidance.
Criteria for Poster Presentations
The poster should be designed to provoke discussion but only needs to focus on one aspect of your teaching practice.
The printed poster should use and follow the guidelines in the templates provided.
A poster is a visual communication tool and serve as: a source of information; a conversation starter; a summary of your work; an advertisement of your work.
The poster should be visually appealing.
The poster should include the voices of students (e.g. student feedback).
The poster should be of appropriate publication quality for inclusion in the booklet.
The text should be easily read.
Tips for Posters
When developing your poster you might like to draw on the following tips which have been adapted from Hess, George R: Effective Scientific Posters: Quick Reference
Think of your poster as an illustrated abstract. Get your message across with visual displays and small blocks of supporting text.
Tell readers why your work matters, what you did, what you found, and what you recommend. Avoid excessive focus on methods - it's the results and implications that count!
Overall appearance. Use a pleasing arrangement of graphics, text, colours. Your poster should be neat and uncluttered - use white space to help organise sections. Balance the placement of text and figures.
Organisation. Use the headings to help readers find what they're looking for: Context, objective, impact, conclusions, etc. A columnar format helps traffic flow in a crowded poster session.
Minimize text - use graphics. Keep text in blocks of no more than 50-75 words - don't create large, monolithic paragraphs of prose.
Use colour cautiously. Dark letters on light background are easiest to read. Stick to a theme of 2-3 colours. Avoid overly bright colours.
Don't fight reader gravity, which pulls the eyes from top to bottom (first), and left to right.
Prepare a verbal explanation. Colleagues may ask you to "walk them through" your poster. In making such a presentation, avoid reading the poster. Instead, give the big picture, explain why the problem is important, and use the graphics on your poster to illustrate and support your findings and recommendations.