A poster session is an informal, primarily graphic, way of presenting ideas. Major points should be displayed visually (in graphics & limited text) on the background “poster” area. Meeting participants (individually or in small groups) may walk by and ask questions about your topic. You likely will have to repeat your information multiple times during the time frame specified for your session.

An important criterion for acceptance at the TACTYC annual conference is for submissions to be publisher-agnostic teaching and learning innovations. If accepted, presenters must minimize textbook/learning system specific references in their sessions as TACTYC focuses on sharing best practices, not sales opportunities. Participants should be able to implement the teaching and learning innovation(s) presented in the poster regardless of the textbook or learning system used by the participants.


The Effective Teaching Practices posters are 36” tall and 48” wide. The middle section is 24” wide, with a fold-out “wing” on each side which is 12” wide. They are made from foam-core and are black in color. Graphics & other information can be affixed directly to the units with tacks and so forth. (Materials will be provided to affix your information to the boards. You do not need to bring your own tacks, etc.)


Business cards – You may also want to have business cards to distribute.

Suggestions for preparing your poster display:

  • Include title, presenter’s name, and affiliation at top, middle of the poster
  • Think “visual” and easy-to-understand without much explanation from presenter
  • Graphics, photographs, and charts add interest
  • Text should be large enough to be seen from 5 feet away
  • 16 point or larger font size
  • Sans serif font (such as Arial, Calibri, Helvetica, Tahoma, Trebuchet, Verdana)
  • Information should “flow” from left to right in order to lead the viewer through it
  • Keep it simple, with minimal text

Many resources are available with tips for poster displays, such as:

If you have questions, please contact Larry Stephens,

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