FAQ EC-TEL

EC-TEL 2018

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EC-TEL 2018 is using a new and interactive approach to the poster sessions, based around the use of the Learning Toolbox ePoster platform.

You will not need to create or transport a paper poster to EC-TEL. Instead poster authors will use Learning Toolbox to create a rich, interactive ePoster providing an overview of your work. This ePoster can contain include links to multimedia and interactive material such as videos, online tools and apps, as well as presentations and background documents. There is a video on this support site showing you an example ePoster so that you can get a feel for how you can use this format to present your work.

Using Learning Toolbox you will also create a mini-poster (which we will print for you) containing a QR code that will direct people to your ePoster. The mini-posters will be displayed on the mini-poster wall, in a prominent position at the EC-TEL conference. People will be able to scan the QR code on your mini-poster and then easily view and interact with your ePoster on their smartphones, tablets or computers. People can also send questions or comments to your ePoster, and you can answer them. This discussion will be attached to your ePoster and can continue after the conference.

You will also present and discuss your ePoster at the ePoster BarCamp (a scheduled session in the EC-TEL conference programme). The ePoster BarCamp builds on the BarCamp and World Café formats and enhances these through the use of technology. The format aims to encourage and support discussion, the making of links between different authors’ work and shared knowledge development. The session adopts a participatory format during which conference participants will have the opportunity to find out more about the work of the ePoster authors, discuss the issues / themes that arise from their work and leave with their favourite ePosters in their pocket, on their smart phone / tablet.

We will be holding a webinar in August (date to be announced) when we will explain the BarCamp format and answer any questions you have about it.

The following dates are important:

  • 10th August 2018 2pm (UK time)  – ePoster BarCamp Webinar https://zoom.us/j/967596260
  • 24th August 2018 – Deadline for finishing your mini-poster and marking as ready to print
  • 31st August 2018 –  We will add all the ePosters to the EC-TEL Showcase on this day
  • 6th September 2018 –  EC-TEL ePoster BarCamp

Creating an ePoster/Stack

Adding content and resources to my ePoster/stack

There are two different ways in which you could include a powerpoint presentation in your ePoster/Stack:

1. As a File (PowerPoint)

The first would be to add a File tile from the Tile Library and then add the powerpoint file in the Add File box that appears to the right. If you watch video 3 (Creating an Poster from a template) between time 10:20 and 11:05 then you will see how we use the File tile to add a PDF file to an ePoster. To add a powerpoint file you would follow the same steps, but upload your powerpoint file instead. Learning Toolbox will automatically convert your powerpoint presentation into a PDF file so that it can be viewed inside the PDF viewer within the Learning Toolbox app.

2. As Online Content (Using Slideshare)

Another approach you could use is to first upload your powerpoint to slideshare https://www.slideshare.net/ This will then create a slideshare version of your powerpoint that is viewable online (and within the Learning Toolbox app). Within Learning Toolbox you can then add an Online Content tile to your ePoster and add in the url link to your slideshare presentation. Doing it this way will mean that people can view your presentation within Learning Toolbox itself, they will not need to have any other special software installed. If you watch video 3 (Creating an ePoster from a template) between time 9:48 and 10:20 then you will see how we use the Online Content tile to add a Youtube video. To add a slideshare presentation you would follow the same steps, but paste in the url of your slideshare presentation (instead of the url to a youtube video).

There are two different ways in which you could include a video in your ePoster/Stack:

1. As a File (MP4)

The first would be to add a File tile from the Tile Library and then add the video file in the Add File box that appears to the right. If you watch video 3 (http://support.ltb.io/faq/) between time 10:20 and 11:05 then you will see how we use the File tile to add a PDF file to an ePoster. To add a video file you would follow the same steps, but upload your video file instead. Make sure your uploaded file is in MP4 format so that it can be played by the internal LTB video player.

2. As Online Content (Using YouTube or Vimeo)

The second approach you could use is to first upload your video to a social media platform like YoutTube or Vimeo. This will make sure that your video is viewable online (and within the Learning Toolbox app). Within Learning Toolbox you can then add an Online Content tile to your ePoster and add in the url link to your online video. Doing it this way will mean that people can view your video within Learning Toolbox itself, they will not need to have any other special software installed. If you watch video 3 (http://support.ltb.io/faq/) between time 9:08 and 10:20 then you will see how we use the Online Content tile to add a Youtube video. for use with Vimeo you would follow the same steps.

To edit a tile simply click on its edit button in the top right hand corner. 

To delete a tile, first click on its edit icon (top right hand corner) and then click on the delete button on its setting’s area.  Be careful to make sure you are deleting the correct tile. This delete cannot be undone. 

Learning Toolbox automatically creates optimised and resized images to reduce use of bandwith without loosing image quality.

For tile background images you want to make sure your that your cropped image –the square or oblong cut-out that you create using the LTB imagepicker–  has at least 400 pixels.

For your mini-Poster image you need to make sure that the cut-out has at least a 1000 pixel width left, especially when you aim to have it printed.

Don’t worry about measuring this exactly, you can just try what it looks like using the LTB app or the LTB webviewer.

In short: Yes.

There are two things to consider. Firstly the copyright of the material and secondly whether it contains protected content matter.

Copyright, Copyleft

As a rule of thumb: Do not upload the work of others as your own. Only upload content of others if they have given you permission (or if they have licensed it under Creative Commons).

Another option is to use materials that have been specifically marked as no rights reserved, public domain or copyleft. Usually these works are released under a Creative Commons CC0 license and allow you to freely use them for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

The Pixabay image library that is integrated in Learning Toolbox, provides over 1 million images that can be freely used.

Privacy, Portrait right  and trademarks

This mouse is not protected.

In addition you should consider if depicted contents may be subject to additional copyrights, property rights, trademarks, protrait right, etc. and may require the consent of a third party or the license of these rights. For example the Disney’s image of Mickey Mouse is a protected trademark.

Viewing and testing my ePoster/stack

If you want to preview your ePoster in a web browser then you can just press the preview button (1) and the ePoster will open in a new tab in your browser (2). From here you can click on the tiles and check that it is working as you expected.

 

Creating my mini-poster and finalising my ePoster/stack

We need to know which stack you wish to use as your ePoster. You do this by linking the stack as shown below.

Once you have linked your stack/ePoster then the box will expand showing you the options that allow you to mark your mini-poster as ready for printing and your ePoster as ready to publish (see below).

The information that will be included in your mini-poster is specified on the details tab within the stack/ePoster editor.

Save your stack/ePoster after adding these details.

Your mini-poster should look something like the example shown below:

You will see this view (offering the option to mark as ready for printing) when you have closed the stack/ePoster editor. If you do not see these buttons then it is probably because you first need to link your stack/ePoster.

You will see this view (offering the option to mark as ready to publish) when you have closed the stack/ePoster editor. If you do not see these buttons then it is probably because you first need to link your stack/ePoster.