Creating Interactive Digital Posters for Students

Concurrent Session 8

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Brief Abstract

Communicating with students online can be a challenge, especially when using forms of communication that are not interesting or interactive. Join us for this session where Ryan Eash takes you through the process of creating an interactive digital poster, an exciting resource that is not beyond your skill set.

Presenters

Ryan designs, implements, and maintains training curriculum to help educators improve communications using image and video creation tools. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, where he teaches a fully online course in the Online Teaching and Instructional Design program. Prior to joining TechSmith in 2007, Ryan taught for 10 years in elementary grades through higher education. He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University and his master’s degree in instructional technology and design from East Carolina University.

Extended Abstract

Creating exciting, interactive, and ultimately more effective, ways to communicate with your students isn’t difficult once you know how. Digital posters are one example of how teachers can increase participation in the online learning community, simply by changing how the information is delivered. By the end of this workshop, attendees will have a full grasp on what digital posters are, how to create them, and how to implement them in their classes.

During this workshop, TechSmith’s Learning and Development Specialist, Ryan Eash will give a 10-minute presentation about visuals and their effectiveness, followed by a 20 minute demonstration on how to create a digital poster. Following the demonstration, attendees will have 50 minutes to create a digital poster of their own using a trial version of Snagit, a screen capture software application. During this time Eash will be helping attendees with any roadblocks they encounter, offer up ideas for improvement, and be available for questions. The final ten minutes will be an open discussion in which the attendees can share tips and tricks of their own, ask Eash or the group for input, and discuss how they plan to implement their newly created posters.

To successfully participate in this workshop, attendees will need to have a Windows or Mac laptop computer connected to the internet, with the ability to download and install trial software from the internet. Eash will instruct the group on how to access the trial version of SnagIt as well as content for their digital posters. Attendees may bring their own content as well, to create a digital poster that they can use after they leave.

This session is ideal for any instructor looking to get more out of their communications. Text is boring, often skimmed, and may not be processed as quickly or effectively as visuals. Attendees will leave this session, not only with a better understanding of visuals and why they should use them, but as practiced visual creators with the confidence to implement this new skillset when they leave the conference.