Guide 3 – Printing Mini-Posters & PUblishing ePosters

Contents

  • The focus of this guide
  • Checking that your authors’ mini-posters are ready for printing
  • Printing the mini-posters
  • Publishing the ePosters to the showcase
    • Is your showcase edition set-up?
    • Publishing to the showcase edition
    • Bulk publishing (optional)
    • Checking that your showcase edition is the default and visible

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The focus of this guide

This guide covers the third of the key stages involved in setting up and managing an ePoster event in Learning Toolbox:

  1. Setting up an event and inviting authors
  2. Monitoring and supporting your authors
  3. Printing mini-posters and publishing ePosters
  4. Onsite preparations and requirements
  5. Setting up next year’s event

You should start this stage when you are ready to start checking and printing the mini-posters for your event and/or publishing the ePosters

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Checking that your authors’ mini-posters are ready for printing

Your authors are able to indicate on their ePoster that it is ready to print and ready to publish. They see this view when they first open their stack and are in the summary view.

When the author clicks on ready for printing and ready to publish then it changes the stage that their ePoster appears in your author workflow view.

To see which ePosters’ mini-posters are marked as ready for printing you should go to the workflow view:

1. Go to the Event Management, choose your Event,

2. Open the Participating Authors tab to see the workflow view.

3. Then click on stage 5 to select this stage. The list that appears below the workflow will then contain all the records where the author has marked the ePoster as ready to print.

4. The summary box in an ePoster record gives you a quick way of seeing if the author has filled in the information required to create their mini-poster. If the summary box includes a description and an image then the author has provided the two most important parts of the mini-poster. If the author has not added an image then when their mini-poster is generated then Learning Toolbox will use the showcase banner image for this event as their mini-poster image. If the author has not added a description or summary text then Learning Toolbox will use the default mini-poster text for this event on their mini-poster.

5. If you want to generate and check the mini-poster file, then click on the Generate Poster button. This will make the mini-poster as a PDF file and save it to the Downloads folder on your computer.

6. If you are happy that the mini-poster is ready then click on the Ready for printing button. This will move this record to the next stage in the workflow.

7. If you do not think it is ready then you should click on the Not ready to print button, which will move it the record back one step (to stage 4) in the workflow. Please note that this does not notify the author. You may want to take a note of the author’s email address before marking it as not ready, so that you can email them later to explain what they need to do. Alternatively you could wait until you have checked all the records and then export the list of authors still left in stage 4 so you can then email those authors to explain what they need to do.

8. Some authors forget to mark their ePoster as being ready to print. So we recommend that you also select stage 4: Develop stack and check the records in this stage. You will probably find that some of these ePosters are actually ready to print.

9. In stage 4 you can also check the mini-poster and confirm if it is ready for printing

10. If it is not ready then just move to the next record to check that one.

After you have finished reviewing the records in stages 4 and 5 then you should have a set of records left in stage 4 which you have decided are not yet ready to print.

You might now want to email theses authors to ask them to correct whatever is missing. In your email you may find it useful to point them to the FAQ section about mini-posters.

11. You can export all the records in the selected stage by clicking on Export to CSV. The CSV file will contain all the key information about the records including the author email addresses. So you can use this to get the list of email addresses of everyone in stage 4 so that you can contact them about their mini-poster not being ready.

Generating and printing the mini-posters

You can either download the mini-posters one by one for printing (by clicking on the Generate Poster button in each ePoster’s record) or you can email our Helpdesk at support@stack.services) to ask us to send you a PDF file of all the completed mini-posters. We will generate and send you one PDF file for each 100 mini-posters in your event – so if you event has 460 ePosters – then we will send you 5 PDF files.

The ability for you to create these compiled PDF files of the completed mini-posters is something we are working on adding to the system, but it is not in the live version yet, which is why you currently need to contact us if you want the combined files.

The mini-posters are designed at A5 page size, although some conferences choose to print them in larger sizes (A4 or A3). So please check that your printer is set to the correct size when it prints them. We recommend printing on thicker than average paper and offering the authors the chance to pick-up their mini-posters to take home with them at the end of the conference. This increases the life and value of the mini-poster. We know some authors choose to display their mini-posters at their workplace, which works both to promote their work and your event/association.

Publishing the ePosters to the showcase

The showcase is the website on which all your ePosters can be browsed, searched, opened and explored.

The Getting started – Setting up your domain guide contains more information on setting up your showcase.

Is your showcase edition set-up?

If this is your first event then you should have already set up your domain showcase and created the edition to which you want to publish your ePosters as explained in the Getting started – Setting up your domain guide. If you have not already done that then you should return to that guide and do it now.

If this is your second or subsequent event then you should have already followed the steps in Guide 5 – Preparing to set-up your next event, which will have included creating a new showcase edition for this new event. If you have not already done that then you should return to that guide now and do it.

Publishing the ePosters to your showcase edition

Your authors can mark their ePoster as ready to publish, but you have to confirm that it is ready to publish before it will appear on the showcase.

To see the ePosters your authors have marked as ready to publish you should go to the workflow view:

1. Go to the Event Management, choose your Event

2. Open the Participating Authors tab

If your event is online only and you are not using any mini-posters then you should follow the steps described below, but instead of selecting stage 7 then you can select stage 5 and publish the ePosters direct from that earlier stage without needing to do the printing check first.

3. Click on stage 7 to select it. The list of records below the workflow will be the records that have been already approved for printing by you and marked as ready to publish by their authors.

4. Click on the ePoster’s title bar in a record to open and preview the ePoster.

5. You can also open the ePoster in its summary view in a new tab, which gives you access to the editor if you need to make changes to the ePoster yourself.

6. If the ePoster is ready to publish then click on the Publish to Showcase button and choose the edition to which you want to publish the ePoster. Once you have chosen this then the ePoster is immediately published and visible on the Showcase webpage.  

7. If you do not think the ePoster is ready then you should click on the Not ready to publish button, which will move it one step back in the workflow. Please note that this does not notify the author. If you want to email the author to explain what is wrong, then copy the author’s email address before marking the ePoster as ready. You can also use the Admin Notes area to make a note for yourself of what is wrong with this ePoster. You may find that note useful when you return later to recheck the ePoster.

Some authors might not remember to mark their ePoster as being ready to publish. So it is also worth reviewing the ePosters that are in earlier stages since it is likely some of these are actually ready. You can publish ePosters to the showcase from stage 4 onwards.

Once you have finished doing your checks on publishing in all the relevant stages then you should have a set of ePosters published to the showcase and their records moved to the Publish stage.

The remaining records will be left in an earlier stage (4 or 6) because you have not judged the ePoster to be ready.

You can use the Export to CSV button to export the records from any earlier selected stage. The CSV file will contain all the key information about the records including the author email addresses. So you can use these exports to get the list of email addresses of everyone in stages 4 and 6 so that you can contact them about their ePoster not being ready.

Bulk publishing (optional)

There is a Bulk actions option that allows you to publish all ePosters from the selected stage. If you use this option then you would not be checking each ePoster individually. We only recommend using that option if you are happy to entirely pass on the responsibility for checking to the authors themselves – so that if they have marked it as ready then you can assume they are happy with it.

Checking your showcase edition is visible and is the default view

Now that you have published all your ePosters to your showcase edition, then you should make sure that your chosen showcase edition is both visible and is the default view.

This ensures that when people go to your showcase website address, they will see this showcase edition and its ePosters. They will still be able to move to other visible showcase editions by picking the edition they want from the drop-down menu that appears at the end of the search box.

To check your showcase edition:

1. Go to the Domain Showcase admin area

2. Look at the two icons next to your chosen showcase edition. They should be showing as default and visible. You can change the setting by clicking on the icon.

3. You can also check your showcase by clicking on the Go to Showcase button. Please note that since you are signed-in as an administrator then you will be able to see hidden showcase editions when you view the showcase. If you want to check what your viewers will see then open your showcase webpage in an incognito browser window (so that you are not signed-in to Learning Toolbox).

Congratulations, you have now published your ePosters to the showcase.

The focus of the next guide

This next guide covers the fourth key stage involved in setting up and managing an ePoster event in Learning Toolbox:

  1. Setting up an event and inviting authors
  2. Monitoring and supporting your authors
  3. Printing mini-posters and publishing ePosters
  4. Onsite preparations and requirements
  5. Setting up next year’s event

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