Assessment, Evaluation and Research KC Poster Session at WRC

AssessmentHave you recently done an interesting or useful assessment, either institutionally or within a program or department?  Would you like the opportunity to share your assessment practice with colleagues?  Please join us at the first annual Assessment Evaluation and Research Knowledge Community Poster Session co-hosted by Region V and Region VI during the 2013 Regional Conference on Friday, November 8th from 5:30 – 6:30pm.

Who:  Anyone attending the conference that wishes to share an assessment project is invited to participate.  This is not a judged event; rather it is an opportunity to share successes, innovations and implications for practice.  Any type of assessment project is welcome whether it be large or small scale, one-time or ongoing.

What:  Ideally, a well-constructed poster is self-explanatory and frees you from answering obvious questions so that you are available to supplement and discuss particular points of interest about your project.  The following are elements to include:

  • Title
  • Brief statement of introduction (e.g. describe the setting, relevant literature)
  • Statement of the problem or issue you have assessed (i.e. why is this important?)
  • Methodology (i.e. how was your assessment conducted?)
  • Key findings (i.e. what was most interesting or important?)
  • Implications for practice (i.e. how will the assessment findings be integrated into practice?)

When: Proposal submissions are due by October 21st and should be sent using the Proposal Submission Form to   We will notify you if your submission has been selected by the selection committee, by October 25th to give you plenty of time to prepare your poster!  Any questions you have should be directed to your Regional Knowledge Community chairs Stacy Ackerlind (Region V) or Sandy Mahoney (Region VI) smahoney@PACIFIC.EDU.

Poster Specifications:

  • The poster board surface area is 48″x 36″ and will be provided.  You just need to bring your information printed out to attach to the poster board.
  • Prepare a label indicating (a) the title of your project and (b) the author(s) for the top of your poster space. The lettering for this section should not be less than 1 inch high.
  • Include the elements outlined above in the “What” section.
  • Keep in mind that your illustrations will be viewed from distances of three feet or more. All lettering should be at least 3/8 of an inches high, preferably in a bold font, or if hand-lettered, written with a regular felt-tip pen (not fine-point).
  • Be sure to provide clear labels for each section of your presentation. If your poster session includes electrical equipment you will need to provide your own source of power.  Availability for this type of poster presentation is limited.

Additional points to consider:

Ask yourself, “What would I need to know if I were viewing this material for the first time?” and then state that information clearly. Keep it simple. Place major points in the poster and save nonessential but interesting sidelights for informal discussion.  Be selective. Your final conclusions or summary should leave observers focused on a concise statement of your most important findings and recommendations.

  • Coverage: Have you provided all the obvious information about the assessment project? Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your material? Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions?
  • Clarity: Is the sequence of information evident? Indicate the ordering of your material with numbers, letters, or arrows, when necessary. Is the content communicated clearly?

For questions or more information, please contact:
Stacy Ackerlind
Director of Assessment, Evaluation and Research
University of Utah

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