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Presentation Guidelines

The submission deadline was Friday, 19 May 2017.
Session proposal and abstract notifications were sent via email to the main contact of the submission on Friday, 14 July 2017.



Purpose: To provide a focused presentation on a topic by 2 - 4 presenters, where each individual presentation is followed by a question and answer period with the audience.

Time/Format: 60 minutes


Panel Discussion

Purpose: To present diverse perspectives and approaches to educational subjects or issues, especially those requiring collaborative work from multiple departments or institutions.  The goal is to have short presentations by 3 - 4 panelists (no more than 10 minutes each) and spend the majority of the time having a moderated discussion between the panel and audience.

Time/Format: 60 minutes



Purpose: To provide a focused, skills-oriented, and interactive experience for learners, which will allow them to take home specific tools or information.  It is critical to distinguish the workshop activities, make them experiential, and clarify how they differ from a discussion group.

Time/Format: There are 10 workshops scheduled for 90 minutes and 10 workshops scheduled for 60 minutes.  Please allow time for a question and answer period between the presenters and audience. 


Oral Abstract Presentations

Time/Format:  Oral abstract presentations are scheduled for 10 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and answers. All oral abstract presenters have the opportunity to present a poster as well. 


Poster Presentations

  • All posters must remain up for the duration of the Conference.
  • The poster reception is scheduled for Tuesday, 24 October 2017 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
  • At least one of the authors must be present at your poster during the poster reception.


It is recommended that your poster is no larger than 5 feet x 3 feet.


Suggested Poster Format

  • Posters should be easily read at a distance of 5 feet (1.5 meters).
  • A poster printed on one large sheet of matte or semi-gloss paper is encouraged. 
  • Include the title of the presentation in large letters, the authors' names, and the institution(s) where the work was completed at the top center of the poster.
  • Poster numbers will be provided onsite. Poster numbers will be placed above your poster; you do not need to leave room on your poster for your poster number.
  • Introduction and Summary/Conclusions sections are advised.
  • Double space lines of text.
  • Only text, graphs, photographs, and artwork may be placed on the poster board.


Components and Design of the Poster

The heading comprises a title for the research project, author names, and author affiliations (including city and country). Headings have more impact in a sans serif font such as Helvetica or Arial.

Title (no smaller than 72 points, preferably in a sans serif font)      

Author names (no smaller than 36 points, preferably in a sans serif font)

Affiliations (no smaller than 26 points, preferably in a sans serif font)

Abstract: The abstract summarizes the main results succinctly.

Body: The body text of the poster will describe background, methodology, results, and interpretation. Body text should be no smaller than 16 points and preferably in a serif font such as Times New Roman or Garamond.

Graphics: The graphics are essential for an effective poster. Include captions below each graphic. Captions for graphics should be no smaller than 14 points and preferably in a serif font. Graphics should be understandable without recourse to a detailed text caption.

Conclusions: Conclusions should be clear and succinct and provide "take home" messages.