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Poster Session Guide

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The purpose of the SLA UA-PTC poster session is to provide a more intimate forum for a dialog about student learning assessment, and to facilitate informal discussions among faculty and staff around various aspects of student learning assessment. Ideally, a well-constructed poster will be self-explanatory. This frees you from answering obvious questions while providing you with ample opportunity to supplement and discuss particular points of interest. For successful poster presentations, the American Psychological Association recommends that posters achieve both coverage and clarity.

Coverage

In regard to how much of your chosen topic should be covered, consider the following questions:

  • Have you provided all the obvious information?
  • Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your materials?
  • Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions?
  • What would the reader need to know if viewing this material for the first time?

Clarity

Remember to keep it simple. Place your major points in the poster, saving the non-essential, but interesting sidelights for informal discussion. Be selective. Your final conclusions or summary should leave observers focused on a concise statement of your most important points.

In regard to being clear about your topic, consider these questions below.

  • Is the sequence of information evident?
  • Indicate the ordering of your material with numbers, letters or arrows, when necessary.
  • Is the content being communicated clearly?

The poster board surface area is 4’ high and 6’ wide. Prepare a label indicating (a) the title of your paper and (b) the author(s) for the top of your poster space. The lettering for this section should not be less than 1” (2.54 cm or 72 point) high. Bear in mind that your illustrations will be viewed from distances of 3’ or more. All lettering should be at least 3/8” (27 point) high, preferably in a bold font, or if hand-lettered, written with a regular felt-tip pen (not fine-point). Be sure to provide a clear label for each section.

In addition to your poster, please, make available for dissemination approximately 100 copies of a half-page to full page summary of your topic. Headings followed by bulleted points will suffice for the summary.

On the day of the SLA UA-PTC Conference, please, arrive by 8:30 a.m. and have your poster with summary sheets and business cards set up at your designated table in the Grand Hall on the UA-PTC Main Campus no later than 8:45 a.m. The number located on the back of your loaner poster board will coincide with your assigned presentation table.

Recommended Poster Formats (POWERPOINT)

Reusable Poster Boards will be made available through checkout at the UA-PTC Ottenheimer Libraries. At the end of the last poster session, please, remove all information from the poster board, fold the poster board neatly, and leave it with a library staff member at the designated table near the room’s exit. Anyone not returning their loaner poster board will be charged a $10 replacement fee.

When considering your topic, please, select one of the formats provided below to organize your poster content.

Poster Format 1: Focus on Data Analysis Process

1. Heading

  1. Title of the poster
  2. Authors of the poster
    o Authors’ Title
    o Name of division/department/program

2. Assessment Description [Note: This is a minor emphasis of your topic.]

  • Type of assessment instrument used
  • Assessment displayed or sample of assessment question(s) used
  • Brief description of data compilation

3. Analysis [Note: This is the major emphasis of your topic.]

  • Brief description or bulleted list of data analysis procedure
  • Explain what was positive and/or negative about the analysis process
  • Provide key results

4. How the Data Informed our Instructional Recommendations

  • Provide the reasoning behind some of the recommendations as supported by the data

5. Lessons Learned

  • Provide bulleted list of any lessons learned during the data analysis process OR
  • Provide bulleted list of recommendations re: data analysis process (in general or specific to your group’s data analysis process).

Poster Format 2: Focus on Assessment Instrument and Scoring

1. Heading

  • Title of the poster
  • Authors of the poster
    o Authors’ Title
    o Name of division/department/program

2. Assessment Description

  • Type of assessment instrument used
  • Describe how it was developed or provide its source
  • Assessment displayed or sample of assessment question(s) used
  • Explanation of scoring or copy of scoring instrument
  • Brief description of the type of data obtained using the instrument

3. Summary of Assessment’s Efficacy

  • What are the advantages of assessing students with this instrument: provide bulleted list
  • What are the disadvantages of assessing students with this instrument: provide bulleted list
  • Provide bulleted list of any lessons learned regarding use of this type of assessment

Poster Format 3: Focus on the Entire Student Learning Assessment Process

1. Heading

  • Title of the poster
  • Authors of the poster
    o Authors’ Title
    o Name of division/department/program

2. Assessment Description

  • Type of assessment instrument used
  • Assessment displayed or sample of assessment question(s) used
  • Administration schedule of assessment
  • Explanation of scoring or copy of scoring instrument
  • Brief description of data compilation

3. Analysis

  • Brief description or bulleted list of data analysis procedure
  • Explain what was positive and/or negative about the analysis process
  • Provide key results

4. Instructional Recommendations Drawn from Results

  • List the key instructional recommendations and provide reasoning for each

5. Lessons Learned

  • Provide bulleted list of any lessons learned during the data analysis process OR
  • Provide bulleted list of recommendations re: data analysis process (in general or specific to your group’s data analysis process).