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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W59
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: PORTL: Your Portable Skinner Box for Teaching Behavioral Principles
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Hyatt Regency
Area: TBA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Ph.D.
JESUS ROSALES-RUIZ (University of North Texas), MARY ELIZABETH HUNTER (The Art and Science of Animal Training)
Description: Behavior analysts have long recognized the benefits of hands-on laboratory experience for teaching students about basic behavioral principles. Enormous learning takes place when students can practice observing and changing behavior in a controlled environment. However, laboratory experience is no longer part of the curriculum in many of today's behavior analytic programs. This workshop will introduce you to PORTL (the Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab), a tabletop game that provides an inexpensive apparatus for students to see the principles of behavior in action and practice applying those principles to change behavior. It is essentially a portable Skinner box for humans. Through PORTL exercises, students can learn about reinforcement, extinction, discrimination, stimulus control, shaping, chaining, and other behavioral phenomena. Students also learn how to write teaching plans, assess the learner's progress during teaching, and revise their teaching plan as needed. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of PORTL, the parallels between PORTL and the Skinner box, and the basics of using PORTL in the classroom or as a teaching tool for therapists. You will also get to play several PORTL exercises as both the teacher and learner, which will further illustrate the power of PORTL as a teaching tool.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the basic components of the game PORTL and the relationship between PORTL and the Skinner box; (2) Describe how to use PORTL to teach basic behavioral principles to students or practitioners; (3) Teach simple and complex behaviors using PORTL.
Activities: This workshop will consist of lectures and hands-on activities. Lectures and videos will be used to describe the basics of PORTL and teach participants how to use PORTL to teach others about basic behavioral principles. Participants will have a chance to experience PORTL through a series of hands-on exercises. During the exercises, participants will play the roles of both teacher and student. Group discussions will be used to summarize and reflect on the experience gained by playing the exercises and to further discuss how to use PORTL as a teaching tool.
Audience: This workshop is designed for anyone who is interested in teaching others about basic behavioral principles and who is interested in teaching others about how to design and implement teaching programs. University professors will find the material useful for their undergraduate and graduate behavior classes. BCBAs and licensed psychologists will find the material useful for training practitioners and therapists.
Content Area: Methodology
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): basic principles, laboratory experience, shaping skills, undergraduate teaching



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