Register for Presentation Workshops

Learn how to design a poster, polish your presentation skills, and create talking points.

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Preparing Verbal Presentations

  • Prepare and practice your presentation so that it is concise, clear, and effectively delivered.
  • Your presentation must be no more than your allocated time in the schedule.
  • Your topic, thesis, and/or methodology should be accessible to your audience, which may include people who are not specialists in your field.
  • Seek editorial assistance and a practice audience from peers and/or faculty advisor(s).

Poster Presentations

Creating & Presenting Poster Presentations Webinar: Jennifer Ratcliff (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology) and Dr. Alicia Kerfoot (Associate Professor, Department of English)
Presenting Your Poster in a Digital Format Webinar: Ann Pearlman (Senior Instructional Design Specialist)

Poster presentations will be organized by academic field and organized this way on the Scholars Day platform. Viewers can leave comments or potentially utilize a chat box during the presentation.

Preparing Poster Presentations

  • See “How To Design & Print a Poster with Power Point” for help creating your poster.
  • Prepare a short summary of your work for people who ask what your project is about.
  • Practice your talking points from the presentation so that it is concise, clear, and effectively delivered.

Fine Arts Performances

Fine arts performances celebrate the arts in dance, theater, music, and creative writing and will be asynchronous. Fine arts performances can be submitted as part of a live session block by their professor or individually to be synchronous or asynchronous. Presenters will have 15-45 minutes to present their scholarly and creative work. The time should be divided into appropriate segments in any combination of the following: speaking from organized talking points, reading from a polished paper, performing a musical composition, reading a creative writing piece (poem, short fiction, or memoir), or performing a choreographed piece or theatrical scene. Time should be allotted at the end of the presentation for a Q&A.

Session block hosts will introduce presenters, ensure they do not exceed their allotted speaking/performance time, and facilitate audience questions and discussion after the presentations.

Preparing Performances

  • Rehearse your performance and consider attire, physical demeanor, and stage presence.
  • Garner feedback from faculty and peers as much as possible.
  • Prepare all necessary presentation notes, PowerPoint, props, costumes, musical/visual material, instruments, etc.
  • Record presentation with video at a distance or angle to capture entire performance.

Recorded Videos for Poster or Asynchronous Presentations (for online classes ONLY)

Each presenter will need to record their presentation and upload it to YouTube, as an “unlisted” (NOT PRIVATE) video.

Once the video is recorded, using Kaltura or another screen recording software, save it to your laptop, drive, or thumb drive. Then, the student will need to login to YouTube using their login information, or their google account. You will use your account to upload your video to YouTube.

How to upload a video to YouTube

You will be asked to share a YouTube link of your presentation to by April 3, 2023.

Scholars Day Tips for all Presenters

  • Know the scheduled time and login information for your presentation. Login early; ensure you are in the correct session block/room. If relevant, que your PowerPoint presentation on your computer to be ready for screen sharing if applicable. Close all other browser tabs.
  • Introduce yourself to the session block host. They are there to support you. Provide information so they can introduce you before your presentation.
  • Bring/prepare presentation materials: notes, essay/talking points, visual aides, and/or any handouts for a screen share.
  • Charge your laptop to be sure you do not have issues partially through the presentation.

To All Scholars Day Presenters

  • Be prepared to learn. This is an opportunity to confidently share your hard work and to humbly look forward to respectful questions and constructive feedback.
  • Present yourself well. Dress professionally, wear your name tag (if possible), turn off cell phone or personal computer (or turn off volume).
  • Good news: Being nervous does not hurt your credibility or authority.
  • Have fun and enjoy!