Information for Presenters
This page includes information for those presenting at OpenEd18 and will be updated from time to time. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please email David Wiley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As you plan your presentation, please keep the following in mind:
- Each presentation room will be outfitted with a screen and projector. The projector will accept both VGA and HDMI connections.
- You will need to bring your own laptop. Please review your laptop’s video connections and bring adapters as necessary. The conference will have a limited number of loaner adapters available, but we can’t guarantee that our adapters will be compatible with your make and model of laptop.
- If you plan to use audio during your presentation (e.g., show a video) please bring a portable speaker with you.
Types of Presentation
To determine which Type of Presentation you are giving, check your Speaker Portal as indicated below. Accepted speakers received information about how to log into the portal via email.
Please plan your presentation according to the following guidelines:
- Traditional Presentations will last exactly 25 minutes. At the end of 25 minutes, the current speaker should disconnect their laptop from the projector and allow the next speaker to begin setting up. The current speaker can use the intermediate five minutes to answer questions. The next speaker should begin promptly at their scheduled time.
- Lightning Talks will last exactly 12 minutes. At the end of 12 minutes, the current speaker should disconnect their laptop from the projector and allow the next speaker to begin setting up. The current speaker can use the intermediate three minutes to answer questions. The next speaker should begin promptly at their scheduled time.
- Poster Sessions will be presented during the Wednesday evening reception, where the whole conference will be in attendance. Your poster should be 4 feet by 3 feet (48″ x 36″) in size. The conference will provide push pins for you to use to affix your poster to the mounting surfaces we will have placed throughout the space. Push pins are the only approved method of affixing your poster to these surfaces, so please do not plan on using any kind of tape or any other means of attaching your poster to the surface. Presenters should stand or sit near their posters in order to engage with attendees as they move throughout the space. If you have never designed and printed a conference poster before, the following resources may be helpful:
- Roundtable Sessions are conversations around a table. Please refrain from showing slides on your laptop at your roundtable session because these are inevitably difficult for people at your table to see. Providing attendees with printed handouts is much more effective. Please plan to bring approximately 20 copies of your presentation, your paper, or other information you want those at your table to have access to during your conversation. Roundtable sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes and you should anticipate leading two conversations of 30 minutes each – at the end of the first 30 minutes, we will invite attendees to move to another roundtable in order to participate in another conversation.
- Panel Presentations are 50 minutes long. In a Panel Presentation, up to three speakers make brief (no longer than five minutes each) opening remarks. Following these brief opening remarks, a separate moderator asks questions of the panel for up to 10 minutes. The moderator then facilitates questions from the audience for the panel. At least half the presentation time should be allocated to the audience Q&A.
- Symposium Presentations last 50 minutes. In a Symposium, up to three people present related papers, speaking for no more than 15 minutes each. When the papers are finished, the discussant provides some brief comments on the papers (no more than 5 minutes total) and then moderates audience Q&A for the remainder of the 50 minutes.