Australian Speech Science and Technology Association
Guidelines for the ASSTA Tutorial Day
Held in Conjunction with the SST Conference Series.
1. The Tutorial Day has, at past conferences, been held on the day immediately prior to the Conference starting, and comprised two parallel morning sessions and two parallel afternoon sessions. One member of the SST Organising Committee should be appointed to organise this event. This involves the tutorial sessions themselves, lunch for attendees and presenters, morning and afternoon tea/coffee, venue, any special equipment or facilities required, and possibly photocopying of notes.
2. Three underlying aims which have been reflected to various degrees in tutorial days over the past ten years are:
a) to provide students and non-professionals with the opportunity to gain a basic knowledge of Speech Science and Technology;
b) to provide an introduction to key research areas of Speech Science and Technology for students and non-professionals;
c) to provide state-of-the-art sessions particularly for professionals but also others with appropriate experience.
3. The structure of the sessions, the mix of areas covered, and the extent to which each aim is realised are determined by the SST Organising Committee. Recent experience has shown, however, that introductory sessions may not attract many participants. Every attempt should be made, however, to ensure a range of sessions appropriate to the membership of ASSTA. If necessary, quotas may have to be placed on some sessions (e.g., due to lack of special facilities).
4. In recent years, keynote speakers at the SST Conference, as well as other senior professionals, have been invited to present tutorial sessions. There is some expectation that keynote speakers will become involved in the Tutorial day activities. In the past, presenters and organisers have not received direct payment. Instead, one night's free accommodation plus lunch on the day is usually offered.
5. Cost of attending sessions in the Tutorial Day is determined by the SST Organising Committee, and is additional to the conference registration. Delegates attending the conference should be provided with information about each tutorial session to be offered on the conference brochures, and be asked to register for individual tutorial sessions separately.
6. The SST Organising Committee has the right to cancel tutorial sessions if expected attendance is too small. Delegates who have indicated they wish to attend a session that is subsequently cancelled must be notified as soon as possible and receive a full refund of monies paid.
7. Publication of tutorial notes by ASSTA may be arranged. The SST Organising Committee should consult with ASSTA Executive Committee on this matter.
Accepted by Executive - 2nd October 1997
It should be noted that this set of guidelines is not a legally binding document but provides a guideline to practice.