Presenter's Guide: Poster Presentations & Competition

You are warmly invited to the Wine and Cheese Reception while viewing the STLHE poster presentations and helping us select the winner of the 2011 STLHE Pat Rogers Poster Prize.
The 2011 STLHE Conference will build on the success of previous poster sessions to make this an exciting, informative and fun event.  Our aim is to promote the importance of posters as opportunities to disseminate research results in an interactive way and to explore creative, effective and innovative teaching and learning practices.
Poster Presentations & Competition Content

  • The poster session will be accompanied by a reception for all those attending the STLHE conference.                                                                             
  • Articles with accompanying graphics based on posters will be eligible for submission to the annual journal Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT), a publication drawing largely from the work of conference presenters (also including workshops, concurrent sessions, and roundtables).
  • To encourage innovative and effective poster presentations, all the 2009 posters will be eligible for the Pat Rogers Poster Prize.  The award criteria are as follows:

Conceptual Depth and Content The poster demonstrates originality, substance, and depth, as well as a robust conceptual basis.
Clarity The poster communicates its message effectively.  It avoids large amounts of difficult-to-read text and adopts innovative and visual approaches to communicating information.  The poster may incorporate supplemental electronic media, and presenters may provide more detailed explication in a handout.
Design The visual design and use of images and diagrams effectively reinforce the themes and concepts explored.
Potential for Engagement The poster demonstrates potential to inspire active learning, by fostering greater interaction between viewer and presenter.
Conference participants are invited to take part in the selection process by casting ballots for their favorite poster presentations during the Poster Fair and Reception to be held on Thursday, June 16th between 4:00 and 7:00 pm in the Biology/Geology Atrium.  Popular votes based on the criteria above will determine five finalists.
Awards for the winning posters will be presented at the Closing Plenary session on Saturday, June 18th, with the top poster receiving the annual Pat Rogers Poster Prize.  Ballots for the poster competition will be found in the conference wallets.
GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING AND DISPLAYING POSTERS The STLHE Planning Committee congratulates all presenters whose posters have been selected for display.  Presenters are encouraged to provide innovative and imaginative displays that promote interactive engagement among posters, presenters, and participants.  Posters should incorporate and advance the ethos of active learning to which STLHE is committed. 

Here are some guidelines to assist you in preparing your poster:
Dimensions: Posters must be no larger than 48 inches (122 cm) wide and 60 inches (150 cm) high.  If you wish to have a poster that remains entirely on the display surface (ie. doesn't hang below the board), please restrict the height to 48 inches (122cm) as well.  It is essential that your poster not exceed these dimensions as you and another presenter will be sharing (equally) a display panel that is 96 inches (244 cm.) wide.
Presentation Tips: Be creative! Look for different approaches to the poster presentation while staying within the spirit of the form. Use text sparingly (ie. have some white space on your poster) and consider more graphic and visual forms of communication. If you wish to provide a more detailed text, consider a handout, electronic mailing list, website, or other forms of extension.
For guidance in preparing your poster, please visit Creating Effective Poster Presentations
Good luck!