Session Formats

Master Classes (2 hours; ticketed)

  • Live, in-person/onsite only
  • Advanced audiology and speech-language pathology topics
  • Invited presenters only

Master classes provide a more intensive, advanced learning opportunity for seasoned professionals or those whose work has a specialized focus. They are ticketed (additional fee) two-hour oral seminars that will be presented only in person onsite at the ASHA Convention. Presentations are advanced-level and emphasize clinical applications and/or science backed by appropriate levels of evidence. 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 count for 2 hours of Professional Development Hours (PDHs). 

Oral Seminars (1 hour)

  • Live, in-person/onsite or virtual (pre-recorded)
  • Audiology, speech-language pathology, and basic science topics

Oral seminars are standard concurrent 1-hour sessions intended to provide in-depth, continuing education for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech-language-hearing scientists. Emphasis is on clinical applications and research advances, backed by appropriate levels of evidence. Content is tailored to fit the time period. Oral seminars may be either live, in-person sessions presented onsite at the ASHA Convention or pre-recorded virtual sessions. Some presenters may be invited by the Convention Program Committee to present on a particular topic to enhance the education program. Oral seminars count for 1 hour of PDHs.

Poster Presentation (15 minutes)

  • Live, in-person/onsite or virtual (pre-recorded)
  • Audiology and speech-language pathology topics 

Poster presentations combine a short oral presentation with a visual display to facilitate the rapid communication of scientific ideas. During the presentation, viewers visually guide themselves at their own pace through the basics of the study displayed on the poster, while the presentation focuses on explanation, clarification, and discussion of key elements of the work. Both in-person and virtual poster presentations count for 15 minutes of PDHs.

Virtual Posters

Virtual posters will consist of a digital poster (PDF) and 15-minute audio recording uploaded to our virtual platform. They do not have a corresponding scheduled interactive Q&A session.

Live, In-person/Onsite Posters

In addition to a digital poster (PDF) and 15-minute audio recording uploaded to our virtual platform, in-person poster presenters will be scheduled to be available onsite for a 90-minute period to answer questions while their poster is displayed on a monitor. The in-person Q&A session provides an opportunity for viewers to engage in discussion with the presenters and/or fellow viewers. Both in-person presenters and in-person attendees will earn additional CE credit for participating in the onsite Q&A session.

Technical Sessions (30 minutes)

  • Live, in-person/onsite or virtual (pre-recorded)
  • Audiology and speech-language pathology topics 

Technical clinical sessions and technical research sessions are 30-minute oral presentations that may be presented either live and in-person onsite at the ASHA Convention, or as a pre-recorded virtual session. The purpose of a technical session is to communicate scientific information or highlight clinical innovations in an efficient form. A technical session may have either a research or clinical focus. Technical research sessions present 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. In-person technical sessions will allow for a brief Q&A period with speakers at the end of the presentation; virtual technical sessions will not have an opportunity for Q&A. Technical sessions count for 30 minutes of PDHs.


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About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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