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  1. Creating a Poster Session For high impact and engagement…

  2. Why Present a Poster at the Quality Fair? • It’s FUN! • Celebrate your unit’s progress • Reflect on elements of your success • Connect with others from across campus • Help others learn from your experience to solve their challenges and propel University into a more successful future

  3. Criteria for an Effective Poster • Clearly articulate opportunity/challenge • Illustrate method used to address the challenge • Demonstrate benefits to your unit and/or across campus • Visual display of the project/process • Flowcharts • Before and after pictures • Graphs • Project Improvement Charter Form • Show how the approach might be applied in other units (if appropriate)

  4. Highlight Potential Benefits • Enhanced service to students, faculty, staff • Advanced the campus strategic priorities: exceptional students, exceptional faculty and staff, exceptional organization, exceptional innovation • Saved time and/or resources • Improved campus climate • Increased effectiveness and/or efficiency

  5. ProjectImprovement Charter DRAFT Documenting Your Improvement • The Charter template will help you document your project/process improvement • Once completed, you have a tool to organize your poster exhibit

  6. Who Is My Audience? • Campus Leaders and Administrators • Faculty • Staff • Students

  7. Basic Poster Session Example 36” x 48” foam core poster, 6 foot tables We encourage Creative Ideas / New ideas welcome

  8. Poster Judging Criteria The following four points outline the judging criteria for the 2011 Quality Fair: • The poster clearly “tells the story” by answering the questions: • What was the challenge or problem faced? • What is the innovative idea or change that met the challenge? • The poster includes data that demonstrates measurable outcomes identifying that the challenge was met and successful. • The poster identifies next steps, lessons learned and/or how this change is sustainable over time. • Visual appeal of the poster and the two-minute poster presentation.

  9. Poster Judging Criteria (cont.) • The judges will be expecting a two-minute presentation at the time of initial judging. • The judges will be using a 5-point rating scale on each of the four areas noted above with 5 being the highest score.

  10. Design Tips • Keep things simple • Use graphics • Limit the amount of text • Use fonts that are easy to read

  11. Assembly Options • Cut and paste • Create your visual display in PowerPoint or Word • Print each component in finished size • Attach components to poster board

  12. Poster Resources

  13. Sources for Materials • Printing Services (print small quantities of 12” x 18” or smaller posters on Docu-color machine for reasonable rates) • U Sign Shop (large format printing, mounting, laminating, banners, etc.) • Copy Centers for color and black and white output

  14. Handout Materials(50-75 copies should be sufficient) • Completed summary of Improvement Charter • Additional handouts are only necessary if they will help to further explain or clarify your improvemaent Suggestion: have a sign-up sheet available for materials that you may run out of.

  15. More Information • To explore ideas for a poster exhibit, please contact: Gail M. Sauter at saute008@umn.edu or J P Hagerty at hager016@umn.edu