Assessment By Poster Presentation

What is Assessment by Poster Presentation?

Poster presentations are often used to assess student learning from student individual and group research projects and often used at scientific conferences.

Lauren Wagner, poster presentation, photo by Heather Rissler

Poster Presentation Guides for Students

Poster Presentation Assessment Tips:

  • Resources for Poster Presentations includes the "60 second poster evaluation" rubric, the "poster presentation evaluation sheet" handout and judges score sheet for poster presentations for Sigma XI.

Additional Resources

Block, Steven M. 1996. Do's and don'ts of poster presentations. Biophysical Journal 71: 3527-3529.

Gosling, Peter J. 1999. Scientist's Guide to Poster Presentations. Kluwer Academic Press, New York.

Harms, Michael. 1995. How to prepare a poster presentation. Physiotheraphy 81(5): 276.

Hess, George R. and Elizabeth N. Brooks. 1998. The class poster conference as a teaching tool. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 27: 155-158.

Nicol, Adelheid A. M. and Penny M. Pexman. 2003. Displaying your findings: a practical guide for creating figures, posters, and presentations. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Teixeira, Art. 1997. Preparing posters for technical presentations. Resource 4(4): 15-16.

Tufte, Edward. 1983. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT.

Tufte, Edward. 1995. Envisioning Information. Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT.

Tufte, Edward. 1997. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT.

Tufte, Edward, 2006 Essay, The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within, Graphics Press LLC, Cheshire, Conn., available from

In corporate and government bureaucracies, the standard method for making a presentation is to talk about a list of points organized onto slides projected up on the wall. For many years, overhead projectors lit up transparencies, and slide projectors showed high-resolution 35mm slides. Now "slideware" computer programs for presentations are nearly everywhere. Early in the 21st century, several hundred million copies of Microsoft PowerPoint were turning out trillions of slides each year. Alas, slideware often reduces the analytical quality of presentations. In particular, the popular PowerPoint templates (ready-made designs) usually weaken verbal and spatial reasoning, and almost always corrupt statistical analysis. What is the problem with PowerPoint? And how can we improve our presentations?

Zielinska, E., 2011. Poster Perfect: How to drive home your science with a visually pleasing poster. The Scientist, September 2011.

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