Interactive Postgraduate Courses
Interactive Postgraduate Courses are half-day sessions where speakers give presentations the necessary space for discussions. They are designed to provide a thorough review of a special interest area and enhance peer to peer learning and networking. The use of contextualisation further improves learning.
– Interactive Postgraduate Courses can be at the basic level or advanced level.
– Interactive Postgraduate Courses are merged with visits to the Clinical Village, where attendees can actively try out different procedures and equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases.
Why do we do this?
The EAACI Congress is what it is thanks to its participants and we want them to enjoy the Congress. In evaluations, the attendees told us many times: ‘We want more interaction.’
Participants look for three things: to learn, to network and to have a positive experience. All these points result from interaction.
Education changes through technology and science. It shapes format and group techniques. More interaction and group work and less lecturing seem to be the way forward.
How will the Interactive Postgraduate Courses’ format be improved in 2018?
The session will last 3 hours and 30 min including a 45 min break to the Clinical Village, and it will include interaction and group work.
The session time keeper facilitates the interaction, the conversations in the room. The facilitator helps participants, speakers and chairs when needed.
For our smallest groups we will train the speakers and chairs to facilitate the interaction and co-creation, so no session time keeper will be needed here.
We will start the course with a round of introductions.
We allow for more interaction during the four to five presentations (each 25 min to 20 min). Participants will be asked to respond on multiple voting questions by hand raising.
The four to five presentations will be followed by discussion, group work. Participants will be asked to give input using the handheld microphone, resulting in great ideas, clever suggestions and enthusiastic responses.
How do you do this?
As a speaker or chair in an Interactive Postgraduate Course, you are in the driver’s seat to redesign your session: give your session a real energy boost!
It is simple:
1. Break your presentation (20 – 25 min) into smaller, more memorable, chunks
2. Use pictures, try to avoid bullet points
3. Involve the participants by asking one or multiple voting question(s)
4. End your presentation with a task for small groups at the tables to work on
a) Watch these short instructional videos:
- Making your session dynamic (5 min) hi tech tools in the video will be replaced onsite by low tech tools (hand raising, handheld microphone etc.)
- How to improve your session slides (9 min)
No more than 20-25 slides? Including (at least) one voting + one discussion slide with one (1) statement/question/case?
Sample voting slide:
Sample discussion slide:
d) Presentation Review:
Submit your PPT to: “Interactive Sessions” firstname.lastname@example.org.
We check: number of slides, readability, quality of pictures, one message per slide, voting question(s) and discussion slide.
PPT submission deadline: Wednesday, May 16
Watch your inbox. Approved? All speakers giving a presentation are requested to validate their presentation in the Speakers’ Service Centre (SSC) a minimum of 2 hours before the session starts or the day before for early morning sessions.
Presentations received after this deadline cannot be guaranteed optimal audio-visual support.
Material for faculty members of Interactive Postgraduate Course:
As a speaker or chair in the sessions, you may find the following material useful.
- Session script in case of 4 speakers
- Session script in case of 5 speakers
- Onsite checklist for speakers and chairs
- PPT template including sample voting slides and sample discussion slide
- EAACI standard speaker guidelines on PPT version, orientation and aspect ratio, picture and video format