English Pedagogy Showcase

March 25-31, 2021
Submit your entry by March 15

The EPS is an annual symposium that displays posters representing English instructors’ innovative pedagogy and research. We encourage all instructors and students to participate. One poster and one lightning talk will be named Best in Show.

This year’s Showcase will be held remotely due to COVID-19. See below for information regarding online poster presentations. 


Poster Presentations

This year’s English Pedagogy Showcase will be held virtually from March 25-31 in the form of embedded videos. Presenters will prepare a single slide (their poster) with up to five minutes of accompanying voiceover, which will be available to ‘attendees’ throughout the viewing period. Virtual poster presentations will be hosted on the ICaP website beginning March 25th as embedded YouTube or Kaltura Mediaspace videos.  

Those who wish to participate in the virtual poster presentation should submit their abstract and title by March 15th here. Once we have received all submissions, you will receive an email with instructions for sharing your hosted YouTube or Kaltura Mediaspace video. 

To prepare your virtual presentation, please create your pedagogy poster and prepare an oral ‘elevator pitch’ for your poster that is no longer than five minutes to accompany your poster as a voiceover. Your voiceover should:

1) Introduce yourself and your poster

2) Summarize the content of your poster

3) Speak briefly to future work

Because viewers will have access to the poster itself as a visual, it is best not to read the content directly but to provide a verbal summary that is accessible to a non-specialist audience. However, you may wish to follow the general trajectory of your poster organization so that your viewers can easily follow your talk and make use of your supporting visuals. 



Recording with Kaltura Capture: Brief How-To  Full Kaltura Capture Manual

Narrating your presentation: Narration using PowerPoint. Narration using Keynote.

Poster Design: Technology Mentor Google Drive


Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are back this year. A lightning talks is a short, focused presentation on a pedagogical topic of your choosing—a particular assignment, activity, or classroom philosophy, for instance. Lightning talk participants should prepare a slide deck and an accompanying talk of no more than three minutes (there is no limit on the number of slides in the deck). The time limit is key: talks that significantly exceed the time limit will not be judged as favorably as talks that stick to three minutes.

Lightning talk participants will deliver their talks to our judges during a live, synchronous session on March 25th at 2:30 PM. Those who wish to participate in the lightning talk session should submit their abstract and title by March 15th here. Once we have received all submissions, you will receive an email with instructions for preparing for your talk.


Submission Instructions

Instructors may present any aspect of their pedagogical theory, practice, or planning. Graduate students who are not currently teaching are also welcome to present. Pedagogy does not need to focus on first-year composition: any instructor in the department may present work from any current or former English course they have taught. We also encourage presentations focusing on writing center theory and practice by graduate students working in the Purdue Writing Lab. 

To participate, please include a ~100 word abstract and the title of your poster or lightning talk via the Qualtrics form below. Your presentation title and abstract will be included in the English Pedagogy Showcase program and published on the ICaP website. 

Qualtrics form: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5A0x6epAPAz6ypf 

Instructors interested in participating should fill out the Qualtrics form no later than March 15.


Previous ‘Best in Show’ Winners

2020 Poster Session

Best in show:
Best in Show: Allegra Smith, “Social Entrepreneurship: A Frame for Business Writing”
Runner up:
Alisha Karabinus, “He’s a Wolf!”—Social Deception Games in the Composition Classroom”


2019 Poster Session

Best in show:

Sweta Baniya, “Engaging with Community via Digital Communication Practices”

Runners up:

Tony Bushner, “Teaching Visual Design & Accessibility Through Games in the PW/TC Classroom”
Libby Chernouski, “Theories of Language: Ancient to Contemporary”
Alejandra Ortega, “Joining the Conversation: Scaffolding Research Proposals in First Year Composition”


2019 Lightning Talks

First Place:

Allegra Smith, “Rhetorical History & Future for Audience Analysis"

Second Place:

Daniel Ernst, “Technical Metaphors and the Lemonade Stand"

Third Place:

Joe Forte, “In the District: Writing About Chauncey Hill"

Honorable mention:

Erin McNulty, “Importance of A Revision Unit in First-Year Writing"

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