68 • 2018 ASHA CONVENTION PROGRAM BOOK Session Formats Oral Seminars (1 or 2 hours) Oral Seminars—the standard concurrent sessions—provide a broad array of in-depth professional education for audiologists, SLPs, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Emphasis is on clinical applications and research advances, backed by appropriate levels of evidence. Content is tailored to fit either a 1- or 2-hour time block. Technical Sessions (30 minutes) Technical Sessions consist of a 20-minute oral presentation followed by a brief 10-minute question and answer period to allowing the presenter to clarify information for the audience. The purpose is to communicate scientific information or highlight clinical innovations in an efficient form. A Technical Research Session presents recent research findings, or research in progress. Technical Clinical Sessions address the applied clinical aspects of the professions, such as the methodology of a specific diagnostic, a therapeutic strategy, or a unique service delivery model used by the clinician. Hands-on/Demo Labs (2 hours) Hands-on/Demo labs will focus on tools and services that offer a revolutionary or evolutionary “how-to” approach to gathering information or addressing challenges in the professions. Attendees will engage in learning through hands-on instruction or an interactive demonstration. Unlike oral seminars, Hands-on/Demo Labs do not have a standard head table and screen, though there may be a brief traditional presentation. The presenter(s) at each station are experts on the product, service or procedure being shown and can knowledgeably answer questions. Attendees are encouraged to interact with the station presenter(s) and ask questions about the demonstration. All lab sessions will be scheduled in 2-hour blocks, during which attendees may stop by at any time during the scheduled time block. Each Hands-on/Demo Lab counts for 30 minutes of PDHs and up to four labs may be viewed during the 2-hour time block. Short Courses (3-hour ticketed sessions; additional fee) Short Courses are ticketed Oral Seminars with an additional fee per course. Short Courses emphasize clinical applications and/or science supported by appropriate levels of evidence. Short Course presenters must demonstrate expertise in their respective areas; they are experienced in presenting continuing professional education programs. Material being presented is at the intermediate level or above. Ticket holders receive access to a secure online system containing all Short Course handouts and presentation files. Master Classes (3-hour ticketed sessions) Master Classes are a new format being piloting this year in response to growing requests for more intensive, advanced learning opportunities. They are three hour, ticketed oral seminars with emphasis on clinical applications and/or science backed by appropriate levels of evidence and are presented at an advanced level. Presenters, who are invited by the Convention Program Committee, demonstrate recognized expertise in their area and have experience presenting continuing professional education programs. Master Classes are no-cost ticketed sessions for the most advanced learner. Tickets are limited to ensure small class size. INVITED SESSIONS Some sessions feature authors who have been specially invited to present on a particular topic by the Convention Program Committee, a SIG, or a Specialty Certification Board, as noted in the abstract. These presenters hold expertise on the particular topic or subject area of the session. There is no special registration or ticket required for sessions with invited presenters; attendance is included with your ASHA Convention registration. Poster/ePoster Sessions (90 minutes) Poster Sessions combine a verbal presentation with a visual display to efficiently communicate scientific ideas. During these presentations, viewers guide themselves through a poster’s basics, freeing the presenter to focus on explanation, clarification, and discussion of key elements of the work and to answer questions. A poster presentation is less formal and more interactive than an Oral Seminar. Be on the lookout in the Poster Hall for Meritorious Posters! ePoster Sessions are similar to traditional poster presentations but utilize a large monitor to display the poster digitally. The use of technology allows presenters to convey information through embedded multimedia content that would not be possible with a printed poster. ePoster presentations have been specially selected for this format by the Convention Program Committee and highlight revolutionary or evolutionary projects or practices in our professions.