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Presenting Your Course

Instructors must bring an electronic copy of their presentation, and other presentation materials, to the event for use during their course. Instructors are strongly encouraged to bring a backup copy of their presentation on a thumb drive and to bring their own laptop or tablet. If needed, we can arrange for a computer to be in the room if requested in advance. See AV Equipment Guidelines for more information.

Follow Your Course Description

Attendees expect your course to follow the description published online.

Begin your presentation with a dicussion of the learning outcomes, as this helps to prepare the students for what they will learn. A copy of your course description and outcomes are included at the front of your course materials to make this part of the introduction process.

Be sure your students are aware of the requirements to receive digital credentials:

  • attend the full course
  • complete the quiz and evaluation
  • drop the quiz and evaluation in the collection box

Watch Your Time

Especially for first-time instructors, the most frequent student criticism is "too much material for the time allowed." Practice your presentation beforehand. Be sure to leave time for questions and class discussion - a good rule of thumb is to plan for a half hour for these items.


Half-hour coffee and networking breaks are scheduled at mid-session of all 4 hour class periods. Coffee breaks typically run from 10:00 to 10:30am and 3:00 to 3:30pm. Any course scheduled for six or more hours will include a 1.5 hour lunch break in addition to the morning and afternoon breaks.

Evaluations and Quizzes

Allow 10-15 minutes at the end of your courese to go over the quiz questions and answers with your course participants, and encourage them to compelete the evaluation forms. This feedback is important as it will help them to assess their attainment fo the stated learning outcomes. Evaluation summaries and comments will be proived 4-6 weeks following the event.

Course Cancellation Policy

SPIE reserves the right to cancel a short course in the event of insufficient advance registration. Should your course have low pre-registration, we will contact you approximately 10-14 days prior to the event to discuss the possibilty of cancellation or contract renegotation.

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