Research of Educational Change

One aspect of professional development that educators can participate  in is that of educational conferences. While you may at some point have  participated in an educational conference as an attendee, you have the  opportunity in this assignment to think as a presenter! This assignment  will also provide you the opportunity to create a Curriculum Vitae (CV)  and cover letter.

In this assignment, you will take your discussion presentation you  prepared for the staff meeting and convert it into a poster that you  could use at an academic conference. As well, often when submitting a  poster proposal you include a CV and cover letter that highlight your  experience and research interests.

Historically, a conference poster session involves use of a large  poster-board style document as a reference when speaking with conference  attendees about your research or practical experiences with a topic.  Increasingly, the poster session involves handouts in digital format  transferred through QR codes or another medium and may involve a  television or other screen display to communicate your research at an  academic conference. Always, your poster presentation contains a title,  introduction to your question, overview of your approach, results from  your study or experience, and your planned next steps in applying or  expanding the study or experience. Additionally, the poster provides  information about literature related to the poster topic, usually a  selected listing of previously published articles that are important to  your research, and a brief acknowledgement to those who helped you with  the study.

Your poster, in whatever format it is presented at the conference, is  effective if it can be scanned and comprehended at a high level in  around five minutes. Usually you will be present with your poster to  explain points and answer questions in an authentic conference  experience.

Using the Poster Presentation TemplatePreview the document,  create your assignment to meet the content and written communication  expectations below. Upload your assignment to the course for evaluation  and to your ePortfolio (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Pathbrite).

NOTE: Including your CV or Cover Letter in your ePortfolio is optional

Content Expectations- Two Parts

Part One:

  • Introduction (1 point): In 100-200 words, use this  section to interest your audience in the issue or question of your study  while using minimal background information and definitions.
  • Materials and Methods (1 point): In 50-100 words, describe the procedure you used to collect data.
  • Study Results (1 point): In 50-100 words, state your  research questions, describe how they were supported by your research,  and then include visuals (e.g., graphic/charts/diagrams) to illustrate  the parts or results of your study.
  • Conclusion (1 point): In no more than 200 words,  provide the concluding remarks about your study while explaining your  major result in such a way as to convince your audience why the outcome  is interesting. Describe the relevance of your findings to the field of  education and/or beyond, describe other directions this study could lead  to, and summarize the changes you would make to the study in  retrospect.
  • Relevant Literature Cited (.5 points): Use full  citations in APA for all primary works you consulted from the literature  to inform and support the purpose of your study.
  • Acknowledgement (.5 points): In 30-50 words, provide an acknowledgement to individuals or groups who supported or contributed to your study.

Part Two:

  • Create – Curriculum Vitae (1.5 points): In three to  four pages your CV should include your name, an overview of your  education, your academic and related employment (especially teaching,  editorial, or administrative experience), your research projects and/or  research interests (including conference papers and publications), and  your departmental and community service.
  • Create – Cover Letter (1.5 points): In no more than one page your cover letter should include; heading, introduction, argument and closing.

Written Communication Expectations

  • APA Formatting (.5 points): Use APA formatting consistently throughout the assignment.
  • Syntax and Mechanics (.5 points): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar.
  • Page Requirement (.5 points): Includes a CV and Cover Letter that are no more than 4 to 5 pages in length.
  • Source Requirement (.5 points): References three  scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook. All sources on the  references page need to be used and cited correctly within the body of  the assignment.

For information related to APA style, including samples and tutorials, please visit the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Next Steps: Review and Submit the Assignment

Review your assignment with the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.  to be sure you have achieved the distinguished levels of performance  for each criterion. Next, submit the assignment for evaluation no later  than Day 7.

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