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Occupational Therapy

Guide to occupational therapy-related resources.

Design Tips

  • A poster should summarize your research; do not copy your research paper onto a poster.
  • A poster should be easy to read and understand by someone taking it in without you to add extra explanations.
  • A poster should be eye-catching; you need to attract an audience.

When using UTEP and College of Health Science logos/crests, refer to the UTEP Graphic Identity Guide for compliant usage.

  • Consider your audience
    • Make sure the language you're using in your poster can be understood by both your colleagues and people outside of your discipline
    • Try not to use too much disciplinary jargon
  • Do not simply copy and paste your research paper onto the poster
    • Simplify!
    • Consider using bolded heading sand bullet points to make it easy for people to scan and read.

Design Tools


  • Verify dimensions and other formatting requirements
  • Ask someone to look at the poster before presenting it-- see if they can read it well alone, ask if they were distracted or confused by anything
  • It should be visually appealing, but not so much so that it is distracting.

Tips for an Accompanying Oral Presentation

Normally, you should expect to answer questions and talk with attendees about your poster, but you won't normally be able to give the full rundown of your poster content to every person who stops to see your poster.

However, if you are presenting your poster online, you do need to have something prepared that is more similar to a conference presentation.

This box has tips for that.

  • Think of your audience

  • What is your purpose?

  • Content 2 ways:

    • Intro, body, conclusion

    • Intro, methods, experiment, results, discussion, conclusion

  • Great for:

    • key concepts and points,

    • an outline of the talk,

    • key terms and definitions,

    • drawings and diagrams,

    • tables, charts and graphs.

  • Keep it simple

    • Not too much text per slide

    • Don’t get fancy with transitions

    • Don’t go crazy with cute fonts

    • Keep the visuals simple (not too distracting, still accessible)


  • Think of your audience-- what do they already know, and what new things or things unique to your topic should be explained in more detail?

  • Slow down

  • Keep some notes

  • Practice-- so you sound comfortable, and so you keep to the allotted time

  • Some things you might usually rely on irl might not work when giving an online presentation:

    • Judging audience reaction

    • Pauses

    • Using body language, walking around the room

    • Varying your volume

  • Don’t let the screen stay still for too long

  • Get in a good place to make a presentation

  • Have everything you need already open, ready to go

  • Practice with the presentation platform so you can be sure how it works, what to click, what other people can see when you are presenting

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