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What is it: A poster is the process of displaying content and the findings of a topic to an audience. It is often used to assess student learning in group research projects. They are well know to academics as a vehicle to present a topic at a conference Peer and tutor assessment can be used as part of the learning and grading process. A poster can communicate a message but many facets of the poster such as, design, clarity, textual factors, graphic content, impact, conclusions, creativity and originality can also be part of the learning task.
The Use of Posters for Assessment: A Guide for Staff
Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation
  • Erren, T. C., & Bourne, P. E. (2007). Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation. PLoS Computational Biology, 3(5), e102. 
[Article] Students'approaches to poster making
  • This paper describes innovative assessment practices in a first-year course in employment relations that includes a poster assessment item.
    Allan, C., Bailey, J., & Pointon, L. (2008). Students'approaches to poster making. Employment Relations Record, 8(2).
[Article] Using poster presentations as assessment of work integrated learning
  • Examines how poster presentations can be used to authentically assess student learning during work intergrated learning.
    McNamara, J., Larkin, I., & Beatson, A. (2009). Poster presentations: authentic assessment of work integrated learning. Paper presented at the ATN Assessment Conference 2009: Assessment in Different Dimensions.
Example poster presentation rubric
  1. Poster and presentation rubric
  2. Multimodal Virtual Poster rubric
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