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  • Oral Presentation Guidelines

Student Academic Conference

  • Oral Presentation Guidelines

    Before Your Presentation

    • Organize your ideas as to what and how much information needs to be presented in the time frame given.
    • Practice your presentation beforehand so that you could feel comfortable and at the same time use your time effectively.
    • Check where or in what room your presentation takes place in advance.
    • If you use any equipment for your presentation, check if it works beforehand; remember to arrive at your presentation site early enough to do this.
    • Be confident and enjoy presenting your ideas or creative work with others.

    Poster vs Oral Presentation

      Poster Oral Presentation
    What is it? A typical poster presentation involves the presenter(s) standing by a poster on an easel, and fielding questions from an audience which moves through the various posters. A typical presentation involves the presenter and often some sort of visual aid (such as a Powerpoint) which the presenter uses to convey information about a topic. Audience members generally stay in the room for the whole presentation. Other oral presentations have included debates, lessons created by education students, original media productions, and original artistic performances.
    Audience? The audience is mobile and random. The audience is seated for the duration of the presentation.
    Length of presentation? The presenter will spend ½ of one, 80 minute session accompanying his or her poster; however, posters are expected to be up for all 3 sessions.

    Most interactions with audience members are around 5 minutes.
    Typical presentation time is 20 minutes, with 3 minutes for transition from the previous presentation, 12 minutes for the student presentation, and 5 minutes for questions. Extended time may be requested, however, it is not automatically granted. All presentations should allow at least 5 minutes for questions.
    Equipment? The presenter is given an easel and a specified location. No other equipment (electric cords, ethernet cables, tables, chairs, computers, etc.) is provided. If additional equipment is needed, please feel free to ask for it, but formal presentations will receive priority on computers, projectors, etc. Presenters are, however, more than welcome to bring their own laptops. CRUCIAL NOTE: Posters must be RIGID to sit on the easels. If a poster is printed on poster paper, it will curl and fall off the easel unless attached to a firm backing. Many students had to run back to their department the day of the conference to scrounge cardboard for backing. Standard provided equipment: 
    P.C. computer, internet, & projector.
    Different presentations need different equipment. There is a wide range of equipment available (laptops, Powerpoint projectors, TV’s, DVD players, VCR players, sound/speakers, whiteboards).
    Number presenting Individual or group Individual or group