Posters measure a student's ability to synthesis information and then visually present this information.
Guidelines for Inclusive Posters
- Ensure your students have access to the publishing and graphic software packages necessary for poster creation before setting assignments.
- Inform students of the College Accessible Information Policy, and encourage compliance.
Guidelines for creating accessible Posters
- Ensure a good colour contrast between text and background while avoiding black on bleached white.
- Avoid a background colour that transitions over the panel from light to dark since it will reduce the contrast between some of the text and the background.
- Avoid the use of background imagery behind text as this can be difficult to read.
- Use an accessible sans serif font (e.g. Arial, Verdana, Calibri).
- Make sure font size makes your poster easily readable from afar.
- Use the same font size throughout except for titles and headings (which can be larger) and for references (which can be smaller).
- Avoid unnecessary changes in font style, and use bold for emphasis.
Use of Graphics
- Ensure all graphs are clear and understandable.
- Use bright, contrasting lines and symbols to ensure accessibility.
Use of Pictures
Do not over crowd with pictures. Use imagery to reinforce, and not solely as decoration.
Finally, submit your poster to the “two-minute test” with friends unfamiliar with your project. Ask them if they can, after a two-minute review, grasp the basics of your project and accurately summarize your core message? >
If Posters are to be created through group work consult the TIC guidelines on group assignments.
If students will be orally presenting posters consult the TIC guidelines on presentations.
Accessible Assessments: Poster Presentations from Sheffield Hallam University