Frequently Asked Questions

How did this event come about?
Who is organizing the event?
What will the event look like?
What if my story is just beginning or I am in the middle?
Will presentations be selected competitively?
How will presentations be organized?
Are presenters required to stay the entire time?
What size should my poster be? How can I get it printed?
Can I have materials other than a poster?
Can I use a poster I used for another event?
Will water and refreshments be available?
I can’t find my question here.

How did this event come about?

This event was proposed by a Cal Poly Pomona team that attended the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Annual Meeting in 2007. The team learned that many colleges and universities have successfully used showcases of learning to share best practices and to promote learning-centeredness.

Who is organizing the event?

This is an all-university event.

The 2013 SSL committee members are (in alphabetical order):

  • Cathy Bates -- Student Affairs Information & Technology Services
  • Dr. Victoria Bhavsar -- Faculty Center for Professional Development
  • Debbie L. Jackley -- Student Health Services
  • Dr. Claudia L. Pinter-Lucke -- Academic Programs
  • Jinah Young -- I&IT Web Development
  • Pamela Bedoya -- University Advancement

What should I expect at the event?

This event will display and celebrate the range of ways that members of the campus community contribute to Cal Poly Pomona as a learning-centered university.

The event is a typical conference poster session with table displays and posters. We want to include examples of student learning in classes of all kinds, student learning through extracurricular activities, student learning through disciplinary research, and student learning through institutional outcomes assessment and research. In other words, whatever your students, or you as a student, have learned through your work, your classes, or your experiences at Cal Poly Pomona, we want to know about it!

What if my story is just beginning, or I’m somewhere in the middle?

That's no problem. We are interested in sharing the learning process, so please create presentations about learning projects in any stage of development. If you are just at the stage of figuring out what your question is, that’s fine – tell us why this question is significant for you. If you have gathered data and are trying to make sense of it, tell us about that. If you are in the happy position of having reached conclusions, congratulations! Tell us what you found, and what you will do next based on what you learned.

If you presented last year about a project at an early stage of development, we encourage you to present a poster this year that demonstrates your progress!

Will presentations be selected competitively?

We hope to have space to include all presentations that meet the criteria of exploring the learning process. If space becomes a concern, we may seek more space in the Bronco Student Center.

How will the presentations be organized?

Some presentations will be grouped with their units or divisions; others may be grouped according to their learning outcomes or stage of implementation. The final organization will depend upon the presentations proposed.

Are presenters expected to be present for the entire time?

We hope that presenters will be available for the entire event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but we understand that people may have conflicting obligations. Where possible, please plan to have a knowledgeable individual at your booth to answer questions about your project.

What size should my poster be? How can I get it printed?

Posters should be no larger than 30 x 40 inches for the boards that we have. However, if you want Stories of Successful Learning to print your poster for you, it may be no larger than 24x36 inches.

Please click on the poster guidelines & templates link for detailed information about posters and printing.

The Faculty Center for Professional Development will offer a "How to make a poster" workshop on March 13 & 14, 2013.  

Can I have materials other than a poster?

Yes, to a limited extent – please see the online submission form for options. You MUST let us know of special requests in the online presentation submission form. We will not be able to provide special spaces or display structures on the day of the event.

Can I use a poster I have used for another event?

Yes, as long as it addresses the issue of the learning process and you can demonstrate how it relates to the concept of a learning-centered university.

Please let us know in your online submission form if your poster is larger than our guideline of 30” x 40”, as we will not be able to provide special display spaces on the day of the event.

Will water and refreshments be available?

Yes, the university will provide water and light refreshments.

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