Faculty Showcase

For several years, our Faculty Showcase of Creative Teaching practices and SoTL Research allowed UCF faculty a chance to share their SoTL projects that have been completed, are in progress, or are merely planned, as well as write-ups that share teaching practices. This event was discontinued after 2010.

2010 Faculty Showcase

April 7, 2010 (Fairwinds Alumni Center)
12:00 - 3:00

Plenary speaker Dr. Kay Gillespie, former president of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD Network) and Associate Editor of the journal Innovative Higher Education, spoke on what editors for a SoTL journal look for in submissions.

Click here to read her enhanced presentation.

This year at the Showcase, we are switching from a poster format to a pre-printed anthology of faculty SoTL and creative teaching projects, to facilitate roundtable discussions. To be printed in our anthology, faculty must submit their materials by Friday, March 19.

We request the following format for your submissions:

1. Problem statement (75 words max)
2. Question, hypothesis, or intervention (75 words max)
3. Methods (200 words max)
4. Results and discussion (400 words max)
5. 2-3 sentence biography

If your project or creative teaching practice is just beginning, it is acceptable to supply information about your next steps rather than findings so far for the Methods and Results sections.

We anticipate color printing, so graphs and charts may be formatted in color. Additionally, we will include photographs of the authors, and will arrange for your photo to be taken at the Faculty Center if we do not yet have one for you on file.

In addition to distributing the anthology at the Showcase, we will also make it available on our Web site and as a sample of faculty projects at other venues. Submission of your project overview gives us permission to use your information in these other formats.

We look forward to this exciting event. Remember to submit your materials by March 19 as an email attachment to fctl@ucf.edu

2009 Faculty Showcase

April 1, 2009 (Student Union: Key West 218 ABCD)
12:00 - 3:00

Plenary speaker Dr. Richard Tiberius and hosted lunch. His talk will be titled “Moving Out—Past, Present and Future Transformations in Teaching and Learning.”

Dr. Tiberius (Director, Educational Development Office at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami) has a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. He is the director of the Educational Development Office in the Department of Medical Education and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Miami School of Medicine where he collaborates with medical faculty in designing and conducting educational research and faculty development activities. His scholarly work and consulting practice focuses on the improvement of the teaching and learning process, especially the role of the teacher-student relationship in learning. He has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters and books in US, Canadian, and British journals, and has conducted workshops and lectured throughout North America and Europe.

We will display faculty posters at this event. For more information, contact fctl@ucf.edu to let us know of your interest in creating a poster (the downloadable template is available here). Posters must be electronically submitted to the Faculty Center by March 20, 2009 to be printed in time for the event.

2008 Faculty Showcase

April 2, 2008 (Student Union: Cape Florida 316CD)
12:00 - 3:00

Posters created by UCF Faculty

Photographs of UCF Faculty at the poster session

2007 Faculty Showcase - Keynote by Elizabeth Grauerholz

April 4, 2007 (Student Union: Key West 218C and Pensacola Board Room)
12:00 - 3:00

Hosted Lunch

Posters created by UCF Faculty

Photographs of UCF Faculty at the poster session

Video of the keynote speaker Elizabeth Grauerholz (UCF SoTL Professor, Sociology) and Panel Presentation

To learn more about creating and presenting a poster, contact fctl@ucf.edu

2006 Faculty Showcase - Keynote by Laurie Richlin

Laurie Richlin's PowerPoint presentation, Publishing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Posters created by UCF Faculty

Photographs of UCF Faculty at the poster session

Video of the keynote speaker Laurie Richlin and Panel Presentation

2005 Faculty Showcase - Keynote by Charles Glassick

Posters created by UCF Faculty

Photographs of UCF Faculty at the poster session

Video of the keynote speaker Charles Glassick

Creating a poster from a pre-formatted sample

If the project is for a poster, we provide poster templates and sample layouts. We encourage all UCF Faculty to participate and display their work. Posters need to be submitted two weeks before the event so they can be printed and mounted on trifold in time. Please email FCTL (fctl@ucf.edu) to get started creating a poster.

New to creating academic posters? You can easily avoid having to design a poster from scratch by using our online sample (which is also pre-formatted to the right size) designed for a trifold display (it even contains sample categories you might want to emulate on your poster). There's also an external tutorial that details scientific posters explicitly.

We prefer to display the posters on trifold boards (which we will be provided). Thus, it is preferable if posters are designed to but cut into three strips (see the purple example below). Place your titles and graphical elements with care.

If you'd like to build the template yourself, see this next section:

Creating a poster manually from PowerPoint

Things to know about PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint can only make slides up to 56 inches (This is a limitation of PowerPoint that can not be changed).
  • Avoid using preloaded PowerPoint patterns as backgrounds. These backgrounds, when used in a poster type of application, can make very large files than can not be printed by our poster printer.
  • Using the solid and gradient fills as background color within PowerPoint are efficient ways to add color and depth without using up file space.
  • Start with a blank slide layout. The slide layout feature of PowerPoint was not intended to be used when making a slide as large as a poster so to avoid the problems that this creates just avoid using preloaded slide layouts. Or, start with this template, which is already formatted to the right size for a poster.

Things to know about printing

  • The printer in OIR is 36” wide but has a printing area of 34”. It is a good idea to keep text and objects away from the edge of the paper, as these items can be cut off by the built in margins of the printer.
  • The poster printer cannot handle a file larger than 20 megabytes. Files that exceed 20 megabytes cause the printer to lock up and not print due to the fact that the filesize over runs the printing buffer. To keep file size low be conscious of images that are inserted they should not exceed 150dpi at final print size.
  • Images found on the internet are often times not even large enough to meet the low dpi standard and still print large enough to be seen on the poster. If you are using www.Google.com image search to find images on the internet make sure that you use the advanced search and select large image size. That will insure that the images you are downloading will meet the resolution standard necessary for poster printing.
  • When you insert a picture into a poster avoid stretching the image larger than it is when inserted. This can cause the image to become fuzzy.
  • The printer can only print about 1 poster an hour; this means that in an 8 hour day only 8 posters, maximum, will be printed.
  • Please allow for the length of time required for printing and be aware of the first come first serve rule. Typical time required for the printing is 2 days. A file delivered Wed. afternoon will not be done until Fri. afternoon. Charges associated with printing are for materials only: $15.00 a linear foot is the charge for printing an un-mounted poster on glossy film. Note: the Faculty Center will pay for your poster if it is displayed at the Faculty Showcase.

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