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With the support of EERA, we pilot a new and interactive approach to poster sessions at ECER 2018 to make your poster more visible. For this purpose, we are using an exciting new approach to ePosters, based on the use of Learning Toolbox.
This year, the project is limited to VETNET but will be available to all networks from 2019 onwards. You will be a pioneer!
Learning Toolbox for ePosters
ePoster authors will not need to create or transport a paper poster to ECER. Instead they will use Learning Toolbox to create a rich, interactive ePoster that provides an overview of their work. The ePoster can contain 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 to use this format to present your work.
Disseminating your ePoster
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 in the poster session room and people will be able to scan the QR code on your mini-poster to 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 is attached to your ePoster and can continue after the conference. During and after the conference, the e-posters will also display online on the ECER events showcase of the Learning Toolbox platform.
Presenting your ePoster
You have 15 minutes (incl. Q&A) to present your ePoster in the interactive poster session 02 SES 05.5 PS on Wednesday (12:00-13:30 in room F4.01). You will directly present the ePoster that you have created from the computer. To see how the ePoster looks like during your presentation, just open the ePoster in the Learning Toolbox platform and click on ‘Preview’. At the conference, we will project this on the overhead screen and you can explain your work to the audience by navigating through the resources of your ePoster.
EERA Session “Presenting Educational Research with the Help of the Learning Toolbox”
If you want to know more about the background of how the Learning Toolbox came about and the educational research it was built on, we are organising an EERA session in the stream Side Event SES 06 called Presenting Educational Research with the Help of the Learning Toolbox – during Conferences and after the Conferences. This session takes place right after the ePoster presentations on Wednesday from 13:30-15:00 in room A2.16.
To ensure that your ePoster is ready in time to present at ECER 2018, we have set some important deadline dates. Please help us to make the pilot successful by meeting these deadlines.
- 17th August 2018 – Create your Learning Toolbox account.
- 20th August 2018 – ePoster Clinic Webinar https://zoom.us/j/887324732
- 27th of August 2018 – Create your mini-poster within Learning Toolbox.
- 31st of August 2018 – Finalise your ePoster and mark as ready to publish.
- 5th of September 2018 – ECER ePoster session (12:00-13:30)
ECER has templates that you can use to start creating your ePoster if you want.
Adding content and resources to my ePoster/stack
You can add a powerpoint presentation using the File Tile. Drag and drop a File tile from the Tile Library into your ePoster (1) and then click in the Add File box (2) in the Settings area and add the powerpoint file from your computer.
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 or within any web browser. This conversion takes a little time and there will appear a message telling you it is being processed (3). When the processing is finished then you will see the first slide in your presentation appear as the image on your File tile. You can edit the tile title and the tile image (as usual) if you want to change them.
There are two different ways in which you could include a video in your ePoster/Stack. Both approaches will allow the video to be played inside your ePoster.
As a File
You can add a video using the File Tile. Drag and drop a File tile from the Tile Library into your ePoster (1) and then click in the Add File box (2) in the Settings area and add the video file from your computer.
The file will be uploaded and will be processed. Whilst it is being processed there will be a default image showing on your file tile. Once the processing is finished then the tile will show a still image from your video as the tile image. However, you can continue editing and add other tiles whilst this processing is being done.
You cannot upload files larger than 50MB. If you want to include a larger video file then upload it to a video sharing platform first and then add it to your ePoster as an online content tile (see below).
2. As Online Content (Using YouTube or Vimeo)
Another way to add a video to your ePoster is to upload your video to a video sharing platform like YoutTube or Vimeo first. In Learning Toolbox you can then add an Online Content tile to your ePoster (A) and add in the url link (web address) to where your online video appears on the video sharing platform (B).
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.
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.
Adding an extra screen/layer to my ePoster/stack
If you are adding a lot of material to your stack then you may find it useful to create an extra screen. You can do this by using the Stack Screen tile. This will allow you to add a tile that creates and opens a new screen.
To create an extra screen:
- Add a stack screen tile to your stack (1)
- The settings area will show which screen that tile is currently pointing at. Click on the down arrow (2) next to the target screen name and then choose “Create New Screen” from the menu that appears.
- This will immediately create a new empty screen (which will be connected to the stack screen tile you added) and move you to that empty screen
- It will give it a default screen name (3) which you can edit and change to something more meaningful
- You can now add new tiles to this screen as normal
- Note that there is always a bar visible in the window that shows you the name of the current screen you are editing (4)
- When you want to move to another screen (e.g. back to the start screen) you can just click on the menu next to the current screen name (5) and choose the name of the screen you want to move to
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.
Exploring and sharing published ePosters/stacks
Open the ePoster in the Learning Toolbox app.
Click on the star icon (1) to favourite and follow the ePoster.
Click on the drop-down menu (2) and choose My Favourites (3) to browse all your favourite ePosters.
An easy way of sharing an ePoster with someone who you are talking to is to show them its QR code. They can scan this and view the ePoster on their own phone.
To do this you just need to open the ePoster in the Learning Toolbox app on your phone. Then open the drop-down menu (1) and choose Stack Info (2).
The screen will then show the QR code (3) of the ePoster you are viewing. The other person can use their phone to scan the QR code.
Open the ePoster in the Learning Toolbox editor. Here you can see the QR code (1) and the unique web address (2) for this ePoster. You can copy these and share them or include them in your own dissemination material about your work.