How to Make an Effective e-Poster (Published 2015)
Apr 06, 2016
Masters K, Gibbs T and Sandars J
Posters are an integral part of academic conferences, but have limitations. In this study the authors draw on the literature and their own experience of creating and judging e-posters to present some ideas for e-poster designers so that they can fully utilise the potential of this new medium.
Background: Posters are an integral part of academic conferences, but have limitations. e-Posters offer a new way to overcome these limitations, but their potential is largely under-utilised because of misconceptions regarding their design, creation and use at conferences.
Aim and Method: By drawing on literature and our own experience of creating and judging e-posters, we aim to present some ideas for e-poster designers so that they can fully utilise the potential of this new medium.
Results: We present ideas that begin with conceptual considerations and then move to practical applications (including technical suggestions) for designing, creating, and presenting effective e-posters.
Conclusions: In the not-too-distant future, we believe that e-posters will evolve to become the standard poster format, and these ideas will assist in the presentation of research at conferences through this format.
This paper will be of great use to my students who need to prepare e-posters for a forthcoming assessment. It's full of practical advice and starts from the premise that e-posters are NOT just another variant of the paper poster we're all used to. I particularly like the technical advice; for a non techie such as myself, just finding appropriate software and advice about what is feasible is a huge and time-consuming challenge.
My only wish is that we could have seen some examples of (or been offered links to) what the authors themselves consider to be effective e-posters. I still haven't explored the potential of e-posters to their fullest extent and to see examples of some really great ones might help. I'll have to make a point of paying extra attention to the e-posters at the next AMEE meeting!