aspect of professional development that educators can participate in is that of
educational conferences. While you may at some point have participated in an
educational conference as an attendee, you have the opportunity in this
assignment to think as a presenter!
In this assignment, you will take your discussion presentation you prepared for
the staff meeting and convert it into a poster that you could use at an
academic conference. Historically, a conference poster session involves use of
a large poster-board style document as a reference when speaking with
conference attendees about your research or practical experiences with a topic.
Increasingly, the poster session involves handouts in digital format
transferred through QR codes or another medium and may involve a television or
other screen display to communicate your research at an academic conference.
Always, your poster presentation contains a title, introduction to your question,
overview of your approach, results from your study or experience, and your
planned next steps in applying or expanding the study or experience.
Additionally, the poster provides information about literature related to the
poster topic, usually a selected listing of previously published articles that
are important to your research, and a brief acknowledgement to those who helped
you with the study.
Your poster, in whatever format it is presented at the conference, is effective
if it can be scanned and comprehended at a high level in around five minutes.
Usually you will be present with your poster to explain points and answer
questions in an authentic conference experience.
Using the PowerPoint
Template, create your assignment to meet the content and written
communication expectations below. Upload your assignment to the course for
evaluation and to your ePortfolio (Pathbrite).
- Introduction (1.5 points): In
100-200 words, use this section to interest your audience in the issue or
question of your study while using minimal background information and
- Materials and Methods (1
point): In 50-100 words, describe the procedure you used to collect data.
- Study Results (1 point): In
50-100 words, state your research questions, describe how they were
supported by your research, and then include visuals (e.g.,
graphic/charts/diagrams) to illustrate the parts or results of your
- Conclusion (1 point): In no
more than 200 words, provide the concluding remarks about your study while
explaining your major result in such a way as to convince your audience
why the outcome is interesting. Describe the relevance of your findings to
the field of education and/or beyond, describe other directions this study
could lead to, and summarize the changes you would make to the study in
- Relevant Literature Cited (1
point): Use full citations in APA for all primary works you consulted from
the literature to inform and support the purpose of your study.
- Acknowledgement (1 point): In
30-50 words, provide an acknowledgement to individuals or groups who
supported or contributed to your study.
Written Communication Expectations
- APA Formatting (.5 point): Use
APA formatting consistently throughout the assignment.
- Syntax and Mechanics (.5
point): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and
mechanics, such as spelling and grammar.
- Source Requirement (.5 point):
References three scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook. All
sources on the references page need to be used and cited correctly within
the body of the assignment.
For information related to APA style, including samples and
tutorials, please visit the Ashford Writing Center.