Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Symposium #291
Removing Barriers in Our Science: How to Expand the Use of Behavioral Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management
Sunday, May 27, 2018
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F
Area: OBM/PCH; Domain: Theory
Chair: De'Lon Jaylen Dixon (Western Michigan University )
Discussant: De'Lon Jaylen Dixon (Western Michigan University )

This symposium will discuss several ways we can expand the use of Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavioral Management across all industries. Principles of our science can be applied in almost every industry from software, manufacturing, health care, criminal justice, to even entertainment. Our methods of problem solving are efficient and sound, therefore they should be applied widespread. Often times individuals tend to unintentionally set boundaries on our field by only conducting research on traditional topics, and working in traditional BA and OBM industries. While focusing on those topics and industries are important, we need to expand our horizon to non-traditional areas to justify the merit of our science to individuals that are unfamiliar with it. If behavioral analyst begin working and conducting research in new fields we can introduce our methods to a greater population ultimately expanding our field. The objective of this symposium is to motivate individuals to expand the use of these sciences and provide them with possible avenues of doing so.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Innovation, Instructional Design, OBM, Training Development

Training and Development With Behavioral Principles

JOSHUA JAMES TURSKE (Western Michigan University )

In many organizations it is common practice to compel employees to spend many hours attending training seminars with the hope they will acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities by the conclusion of the session. In practice, organizations will be lucky if 10% of what is presented during these training sessions transfer onto the job initially, and even luckier if what has been "trained" maintains over time. One solution to this training epidemic is a behavioral approach to training and development, which effectively and efficiently maps out the most productive way to design, build, and execute your training modules. This introductory talk to training and development will also cover a side that is often overlooked in the realm of training, proper instructional design, as well as how technology has been integrated over the years to continually build upon and strengthen the foundation of training.


Computer Based Instruction: Does a Behavior Analyst Belong?

AUSTIN SEABERT (Western Michigan University)

Computer based instruction (CBI) is a common tool used in training skills and developing repertoires in educational settings, as well training and onboarding within an organization. There are several reasons as to why CBI may be used, including flexibility, price, functionality, ect. Regardless of the reasoning behind using computer based instruction, several considerations should be made regarding the development of such instructional methods, so as to avoid developing instruction that is simply computer based without being effective. Given the impact behavior analysis has had on instruction and learning, it seems appropriate for behavior analysis to extend to the areas of computer based instruction. This presentation seeks to bring to light considerations for developing computer based instruction as well as identifying some important components of effective computer based instruction.




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