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Abstract: This paper describes innovative assessment practices in a first-year course in employment relations that includes a poster assessment item. Starting from the premise that the term 'text' is more than just print material and includes various forms of visual communication, this paper argues that teaching and learning methods need to incorporate visual forms of communication and assessment. The paper describes the role of student posters as a means of communicating to a wider audience the conclusions of a workplace-based project. In particular, it describes and analyses five basic approaches students used to create their posters. Drawing from the communication literature on the role of pictures in the processing of print texts, film theory, and the teaching and learning literature, the paper analyses the usefulness of the various approaches taken by students. The outcomes of the project are a better knowledge of how students conceptualise the task and create their posters. This will assist tertiary teachers who use poster assessment to understand the dynamics of the task and to guide students in creating richer and more meaningful posters.

To cite this article: Allan, Cameron; Bailey, Janis and Pointon, Leigh. Students' Approaches to Poster Making [online]. Employment Relations Record, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2008: 15-34. Availability: <;dn=835347088004992;res=IELBUS> ISSN: 1444-7053. [cited 07 Oct 15].

Personal Author: Allan, Cameron; Bailey, Janis; Pointon, Leigh; Source: Employment Relations Record, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2008: 15-34 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1444-7053 Subject: Educational tests and measurements; Visual literacy; Industrial relations--Study and teaching (Higher); Posters; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Griffith University
(2) Griffith University
(3) Queensland Institute of Business and Technology

Database: Business Collection