Center for Teaching and Learning

Information for presenters

Preparing and mounting your poster

Most presenters have their posters professionally printed at UW Posters or Creative Communications. Posters can be any shape but should be no larger than 4’x6′. *Larger sizes are harder to balance on the tripod easels provided.

Remember to include (either on the poster or in your oral description) these basic elements of your story:

For Scholarly Teaching practice projects:
For Research on Teaching and Learning projects (planned, in progress or completed):
  • Topic: What will you be sharing? (e.g. a specific approach, classroom activity, assignment, course design, or assessment method)
  • Context: What are relevant characteristics of your setting: course or program, type of students, instructional issue, etc.?
  • Scholarly basis: What teaching reflections, observations, and/or published research informed this project?
  • Results: What did you learn by approaching instruction in this way?
  • Application: What do you see as the impact of your work? What makes it transformative for students, the field, you as instructor, or teaching in general? What can instructors in other disciplines learn and apply from this project?
  • Research question: What are you trying to find out or better understand?
  • Context:  What are relevant characteristics of your setting: course or program, type of students, instructional issue, etc.?
  • Methods: What methods and/or strategies are you using to examine your research question?
  • Assessment and results: How are you assessing the impact of this project on student learning? What are your findings?
  • Application and relevance: What do you see as the impact of your work?What can instructors in other disciplines learn and apply from this research project?

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

  • Basics of Poster Design (Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium)
    Provides a detailed overview of poster design including tips for getting started, ways to organize your research, how to choose the appropriate tools, creating design unity, and more.  Also includes a poster design workshop handout.
  • Creating Effective Poster Presentations (North Carolina State University)
    Lists elements of an effective poster and provides detailed, illustrated guidelines on how to produce your poster.  The site includes a discussion blog.
  • Creating Posters with PowerPoint (Northwestern University)
    Provides step-by-step help with making a poster with PowerPoint.
  • Designing an Academic Poster (University of Leicester)
    Walks you through a tutorial on poster design.
  • UW Design Help Desk
    Located in the Allen Research Commons, the UW Design Help Desk provides free advice to UW faculty, staff and students on designing for presentation and publication.

Examples of previous posters:

Presenting your poster

  1. Please arrive between 1:35-1:45 p.m. to set up your poster. The HUB Ballroom is available for set up starting at 1:35 p.m., and the Symposium begins at 2:00 p.m.
  2. Plan to have your poster on display for the full event. If you need to leave the event early, please arrange for someone to pick up your poster at 4:30 p.m.
  3. You have been assigned to present either at the first poster session (2:05-2:50), or at the second poster session (3:45-4:30).
    • 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.

Supplies to bring for your poster

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

On-Site information

Video interviews

Symposium poster presenter: Yen-Chu WengDuring the event, we may be conducting 2-3 minute video interviews with presenters who have said they’d be willing to be interviewed. After the Symposium, we will offer to post electronic copies of your handouts and/or poster on the Symposium web site, and we may also post selected video clips (with your permission) to help us provide a record of the event.


Symposium poster presenters: Mutallip Anwar, Sandy Silberstein, Katie Malcolm
UW Photographers will be present at the Symposium to take pictures of the event. A photographer may approach you to take a photo of you and your poster. If you requested not to be videotaped in the proposal confirmation WebQ, the photographer will not approach you (even for a photo).

The “Next Steps!” 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.

A representative from the Human Subjects Division will also be present to share information and answer questions about conducting classroom research at UW.


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