Now on Blackboard: A Tutorial for Creating Posters

Now on Blackboard: A Tutorial for Creating Posters

Dec 02, 2013

In 2010, Sherry Palmer, a UNH staff member, completed the current iteration of a Research Poster Tutorial, Creating a Large Format Poster to Present Your Research. Just recently, I was able to find a way to share this detailed and extremely helpful tool with all of UNH in a secure downloadable manner on Blackboard.

The tutorial is designed as a self-paced, cross-referenced guide to creating a research poster. The format is PDF, kept simple not dependent on sound or animation. It is to be viewed on-screen since many of the slides are a series, building one upon the other. The tutorial consists of 10 chapters, and it is recommended that users view chapters as they apply to a specific poster and return to other chapters as the need arises. The first three chapters orient first time users: An Overview (emphasizing the power of the visual), Getting Started (emphasizing the groundwork needed before beginning the poster, to make the process more efficient), and Setting Up the Slide (sizing a PowerPoint slide as a poster).

The next five chapters are subject-specific: Text, Images, Graphs, Tables, and Backgrounds. The last two chapters are Little Screen-Big Poster (ways to maneuver on a small screen to create a large-format poster) and The Small Stuff (information about references, acknowledgements, and contact information).

The tutorial is valuable for its organizational and esthetic guidelines, regardless of program used to create the poster. Even if someone else creates the poster, the user will find the tutorial helpful in preparing the content to bring to a designer. UNH users may find the tutorial especially helpful as they prepare to present their research at the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference (URC), UNH Graduate Research Conference (GRC), or regional and national meetings.

Currently, the tutorial is only available for UNH faculty, staff, and students. However, UNH Innovation plans to make the tutorial available for purchase to individuals outside of UNH via its online bookstore slated to “open” in Spring 2014.

In order to access the tutorial, UNH faculty, staff and students must add “ORPC” as an Organization and Department to his/her Blackboard Account. Once ORPC is added, on the left column, the first tab listed is Poster Tutorial. Click on this link, and a description and directions on how to use the Tutorial will appear. To access each chapter, click on the title Poster Tutorial link and you will gain access to each chapter file. Here, you are able to download each tutorial chapter file you would like.

If you have any questions about the tutorial, please contact Tim Willis at timothy.willis@unh.edu. Please note that the tutorial is copyright protected by UNH and UNH retains all ownership of these copyrights. The tutorial may not be shared with individuals outside of UNH. However, anyone outside of UNH interested in the tutorial can contact Tim Willis to purchase a copy.

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