Information for Presenters

Preparing and Mounting your Poster

Planning your Poster:
  1. Posters can be professionally printed (e.g., at UW Posters) or hand-done. You can see highly effective examples of both types of poster in these brief videos from last year's Symposium. If you would like more information about how to design an effective poster, please click here.
  2. Posters can be any shape but should be no larger than 4' x 6'. Larger sizes are hard to balance on the easels provided.
  3. Remember to include (either on the poster itself, or in your oral description of it) these basic elements of your story: (1) What aspect of your teaching or your students' learning you were trying to find out or better understand, (2) Relevant characteristics of your setting -- course, type of students, etc., (3) What you did to examine the effects of your teaching, and (4) What you learned, expected or unexpected, by approaching your teaching in this way.
Supplies to Bring for your Poster:
  1. Materials for mounting your poster: Every presenter will be provided a tripod easel, but you will need to bring a hard backing for your poster (e.g., a piece of cardboard or foam-core that is as large as your poster - available at University Book Store). The tripod easels don't have any solid surfaces to affix your poster to, so please bring whatever supplies you will need (hard backing, clips, tape, etc) to stabilize your poster so it stands independently on the easel.
  2. Handouts (optional): It's always hard to anticipate how many people will attend, but if you have a handout, you should plan to provide at least 25 copies.

Presenting your Poster

The HUB Ballroom is available for set up starting at 1:30, and the keynote address (by Diane Gillespie, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW-Bothell) begins at 2pm.

You have been assigned to present either at the first poster session, from 2:45 - 3:30 p.m., or at the second poster session, from 3:30-4:15pm (session assignments are reflected in the event schedule). During your assigned session, you or a co-presenter should stand at your poster to engage attendees in discussion and answer questions. Please be prepared to give people a summary of your work in 3-5 minutes, and to draw in people who arrive in the middle of your discussions.

During the other poster session, we invite you to circulate around the room to view other posters and interact with other presenters. If you want a sneak peak of the other poster presentations, a full listing of the poster titles, authors, and abstracts, is available here.

If you're scheduled to be at your poster 2:45 - 3:30 p.m., 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 and you let us know, we'll be happy to take your poster down at the end of the event and store it for you for a couple weeks until you can pick it up.

Video Interviews

Like last year, 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.

For example, the 3 videos featured on the link below give a great sense of the breadth of disciplines, topics, and approaches taken by last year's poster presenters:

"Taking it to the next level!" table -- New this year!

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 at which you could present your work. At the same table you will be able to chat with special guest Sharon Elsayed, Assistant Director of Training and Communication for UW's Human Subjects Division, who will be happy to field your questions about how to navigate the IRB process if you do decide to present your work outside the UW community. Sharon notes that she "is not in the enforcement part of the IRB, her job is education and training of the campus community" and that she is happy to answer questions and steer researchers in the right direction so their experience with the IRB is as smooth as possible. We are delighted that she is making herself available to our community, and encourage you all to chat with her if taking the work you are presenting "to the next level" might be in your future!


If you have any other questions about your participation in the Symposium, please contact us at


The 2010 Teaching and Learning Symposium is hosted by:

The Center for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT)
Center for Instructional Development and Research
Teaching Academy
Faculty Council on Instructional Quality
Teaching and Learning Center at UW Bothell
Teaching and Learning Center at UW Tacoma.

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Download a copy of the Symposium poster.

"A great opportunity to network with other people thinking about similar issues in departments all across the university. I had lots of great conversations."

- 2008 Symposium Participant



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