Center for Teaching and Learning

Information for presenters

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Preparing and mounting your poster

Planning your poster

  1. Most presenters have their posters professionally printed at UW Posters or Creative Communications.  For information about effective poster design, see section below.
  2. Posters can be any shape but should be no larger than 4’x6′.  Larger sizes are harder to balance on the tripod easels provided.
  3. Remember to include (either on the poster or in your oral description) these basic elements of your story:
    • Research Questions: What were you trying to find out or better understand?
    • Context: What are relevant characteristics of your setting – course, type of students, etc.?
    • Methods: What did you do to assess the impact of your project on student learning?
    • Results: What did you learn by approaching your teaching in this way?
    • Discussion: What do you see as the implications and/or importance of your work?

Poster design

You may find the following sites helpful in designing and creating your poster:

To consult on your poster design, contact the UW Design Help Desk.  The Design Help Desk, located in Allen Research Commons and funded by the UW College of Engineering and the UW Division of Design, provides free advice for UW faculty, staff and students on designing for presentation and publication.

Supplies to bring for your poster

  1. We will supply a tripod easel on which to display your poster.
  2. You will need to bring materials for mounting and stabilizing your poster on the tripod easel.  We recommend that you bring a piece of cardboard or foam-core that is as large as your poster to serve as a backing as well as necessary clips or tape to secure it.
  3. Handouts (optional): If you have a handout, you should plan to bring at least 25 copies.

Presenting your poster

The HUB Ballroom is available for set up starting at 1:30 p.m., and the first poster session begins at 2:05 p.m.

You have been assigned to present either at the first poster session, from 2:05-2:50 p.m., or at the second poster session, from 3:45-4:30 p.m. During your assigned session, you or a co-presenter should stand at your poster to engage attendees in discussion and to answer questions. Please be prepared to give people a summary of your work in 3-5 minutes.

During the other poster session, we invite you to circulate around the room to view other posters and interact with other presenters.

If you’re scheduled to be at your poster in Poster Session #1, we will ask you to leave your poster on display for the remaining time so that others can still view your poster even if you’re not standing there with it. If you need to leave the event early, please arrange for someone to pick up your poster (or ask us).

On-Site information

Video interviews

We’ll be conducting 2-3 minute video interviews with presenters, during the event. After the Symposium, we will offer to archive electronic copies of your handouts and/or poster on the Symposium web site, and we’ll also post selected video clips (with your permission) to help us provide a record of the event.

“Taking it to the next level!” table

To help those of you who are interested in further opportunities to present or publish your teaching-related work, we have dedicated a table in the center of the room to a collection of useful resources for you. This table will feature examples of disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals on teaching and learning where you might publish, as well as flyers for upcoming meetings and annual conferences at which you could present your work.

If you have any questions about presenting at the Symposium, please contact us at