Your Passport to Research: Visual Presentations
"Do consider presenting your research as a Visual Presentation at TTRA this year. I found it was more fun, generated more meaningful feedback and resulted in a better publication than the traditional presentation style". Prof Pauline Sheldon, Visual Presenter 2006
I am very pleased to again be chairing the Passport to Research session at the 2015 TTRA International Conference, which incorporates an interactive 90 minute session around visual presentations.
For many, the notion of a 'Visual Presentation' is unfamiliar, so I would like to explain that, at our conference, this is simply a form of presentation, of no higher or lower value than an Oral Presentation. Since introducing this in 2006 we have had some outstanding presentations from a wide range of academics at all stages of their career, but we also would encourage practitioner participation, as this is a great, interactive way to present research.
"In recent years I have presented three papers via a visual presentation mode. This delivery format has provided me with superb feedback ....Visual presentations are not an easy option and I believe in many situations are a more effective way to present your research." Dr. Kim Williams, Visual Presenter 2014
The tourism sector is (slowly) beginning to acknowledge that tourism is a visual activity and, as such, one that lends tourism research findings to more visual forms of presentation, such as physical props (eg souvenirs), posters, video and even image loops on a laptop. Consequently, a visual form of presentation is not 'inferior' to standing up and speaking (oral presentation) and in many cases is a more effective way to present our research.
"For me, the unanticipated benefit of the poster presentation was being able to talk to people not only about the poster, but also their ideas and research. I had a number of great conversations with other people concerning their experiences with our research topic, which in turn helped me to think about my research and gave me a number of new ideas and possible directions." Prof Rick Perdue, Visual Presenter 2014
We realise that various institutions regard the significance of the style of presentation differently, but in many parts of the world, it is the publication that is 'counted', so the form of presentation comes down to the type of research being conducted. And, of course, full papers can be published in the Conference Proceedings, regardless of the form of presentation.
"For authors, the opportunity to connect with other researchers in order to discuss the paper was actually greater than in some aural presentation concurrent sessions I have presented at in various conferences over the years." Prof Geoffrey Crouch, Visual Presenter 2014
From personal experience, I have found that presenting in this format has given me the greatest exposure and most constructive feedback I have received at a conference.
Sue Beeton, PhD
Visual Papers Chair