A poster about posters: Evaluating the use of a ‘conference-style poster’ as a form of assessment.

POSTER

Author(s) Laura Wilkinson

Abstract

The need to use assessments that are inclusive and authentic is increasing. One assessment approach is the ‘poster presentation’. This ‘poster about posters’ presents pedagogic evidence for and against the use of posters for assessment and offers suggestions for how to mitigate limitations of this approach. Finally, feedback from final year psychology students on their experience of a poster-based assessment is reviewed and reflected on.

Outline

I would stand by my poster during a poster session and discuss my experience of designing and evaluating the use of a poster as a form of summative assessment. This links to the conference theme because posters are a non-traditional/ alternative form of assessment that, if used, can improve the inclusivity and authenticity of a module assessment strategy. Feedback from students engaging in this assessment will be garnered and presented within the poster. Delegates will be interested in this information because we are all motivated to evaluate our approach to assessment regularly. Specific suggestions for how delegates could implement poster assessments are made, with particular reference to how limitations of the approach can be effectively mitigated.

Key Words

Alternative, Authentic, Inclusive poster assessment.

Key Messages

1. The pros and cons of using a poster presentation as a form of summative assessment. 2. The efficacy of using a poster presentation as a form of summative assessment. 3. Ideas for how to mitigate limitations of poster presentations as a form of assessment.

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