Matching student presentations to the nature of service-learning work

Annie Ruth Abbott, Darcy Lear

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Each semester, our Spanish service-learning students engage in meaningful community-based projects, yet the typical end-of-the-semester oral presentation is the opposite: boring and delivered to a passive audience. Without extensive training, most PowerPoint presentations simply recreate the pitfalls of oral presentations with students reading each slide's text. Instead, we have found that a poster session modeled on the professional conference format allows students to present their projects in succinct yet eye-catching posters that necessitate active dialogue with their audience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationQuick Hits for Service-Learning
Subtitle of host publicationSuccessful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9780253223302
StatePublished - 2010


  • Alternative presentations
  • Assessment techniques
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Poster sessions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Abbott, A. R., & Lear, D. (2010). Matching student presentations to the nature of service-learning work. In Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers (pp. 80-81). Indiana University Press.