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Poster Presentations Online

  • 1.  Poster Presentations Online

    Posted 16-04-2020 09:41

    Students in our most advanced level write a research paper as their final writing project each semester. In addition to turning in a written paper, the students also prepare a poster presentation based on their research. When students presented their posters face-to-face, they were asked to dress up, members of the university community were invited to attend, and all students presented their posters simultaneously while attendees moved from one poster to another (similar to TESOL poster presentations).

     

    I'm sure others in the TESOL community have done similar projects. How are you moving this kind of activity online?



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    Jeanne Peine
    Academic Director
    Language and Culture Center
    University of Houston
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  • 2.  RE: Poster Presentations Online

    Posted 18-04-2020 00:58
    While not a major culminating assignment, research paper or poster session, one of the tasks in our advanced listening and speaking classes is for students to deliver an elevator pitch and prepare for, then go through a mock job interview with the career services personnel at the community college where I teach.  Now we have set these up via zoom.  The students still don professional attire and use formal tone, vocabulary, etc.  Zoom sessions can be recorded, so the experience becomes one that can be watched, critiqued, and reflected upon after the fact.  It might not be the same as walking into an office and sitting across the desk from someone who throws out questions and decides to hire you or not, but the computer-mediated interview may actually reflect what the real world is like these days.  Zoom is free for 40 minutes and I'm not sure how many people can log on at a time, but I have had 65.
    You said you usually have community folks at the poster session; I think you could schedule and advertise a few different "live" zoom sessions with "audiences" and allot time for each poster presenter.  It's easy to share a screen in zoom, so the student could have a Powerpoint or webpage or whatever ready to share.  The only major downside i can think of is students who may not have internet access or a device to log on from home., or maybe if you've got students living in different time zones.
    Good luck and please let us know what you decide to do and how it goes.  These are certainly challenging times where work-arounds are the new normal.

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    Li-Lee Tunceren
    Faculty, Communications / EAP
    St. Petersburg College
    United States
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