This year EC-TEL is piloting an exciting new approach to ePosters, based on the use of Learning Toolbox (a tool developed by the Learning Layers EU research project). As well as producing your paper poster, you will have the chance to use Learning Toolbox to produce an ePoster that will allow EC-TEL attendees to explore your work in a more interactive way.
You will be able to include links to multimedia and interactive material such as videos, online tools and apps within your ePoster. People will be able to easily view and interact with your ePoster on their smartphones, tablets or computers. You will have an easy way of communicating with your ePoster viewers, answering their questions or sending out information. This discussion will be attached to your ePoster and can continue after the conference. Learning Toolbox automatically creates a QR code for your ePoster and you can add this QR code to your paper poster to give people an easy way of moving from your paper poster to your ePoster.
It is not obligatory for you to produce an ePoster, but we hope you will be excited by this interactive format and we look forward to seeing the ePosters that are produced. We will provide online support to you before the conference through the Learning Toolbox support website. We will also have a helpdesk at the conference itself.
There is no deadline for the creation of your ePoster, you can continue to edit it right up to the start of the conference. The only limit is that you will need to have started creating your ePoster before you print your paper poster, since you will want to include the QR code (which is automatically generated for you by Learning Toolbox) in your poster. We have added a new video to the support website which explains how you can direct people to your ePoster.
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.
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.
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
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.