Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Symposium #133
CE Offered: BACB
Using Treatment Packages and Component Analyses to Teach University Students Graphing and Citation Formatting
Sunday, May 28, 2023
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Convention Center 403/404
Area: EDC/OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Rachel Thomas (Caldwell University)
CE Instructor: Rachel Thomas, M.S.
Abstract: A growing area for research is training university students to use the various forms of technology available to them. The first study featured a treatment package to train graduate students to format citations using the American Psychological Association (APA) 7 guidelines. Their results aligned with previous research providing further evidence that individuals require various levels of intervention for behavior change to occur. The second study was a component analysis comparing no instruction to instructor-led versus video modeling to increase skills in Microsoft Excel graph construction. Their results showed a statistically significant difference between both the instructor-led condition and the video modeling condition related to the no instruction control. The final study evaluated a treatment package with video tutorials, checklists, and post-performance feedback to design AB graphs in Microsoft Excel. Although results showed a difference in skill acquisition after the treatment package, the social validity results provided evidence to the contrary.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): graph training, staff training, university students, video modeling
Target Audience: Graduate Students BCBAs
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the effects of an online sequential training package in a higher education setting; (2) describe the effects of a component analysis on various instruction types; (3) describe the effects of a treatment package with feedback to increase skill acquisition in a training setting.
An Online Training Package to Teach Citation Formatting: Within and Across Participant Analyses
KENDRA GUINNESS (Regis College), Diana Parry-Cruwys (Regis College), Ryan Atkinson (BABAT), Jacquelyn M. MacDonald (Regis College)
Abstract: When teaching complex skills in higher education settings, different individuals may require different levels of instruction to achieve mastery. The current study replicated and extended Parry-Cruwys et al. (2022) by evaluating the effects of an online sequential training package on accuracy of American Psychological Association (APA) citations with graduate students in behavior analysis. The intervention consisted of (a) a checklist of APA citation criteria, (b) online modules based on principles of behavioral instruction, and (c) specific feedback. All components were delivered remotely through course management software and introduced sequentially such that participants experienced only the intervention necessary to meet mastery criterion. Of 13 participants, seven required the checklist only, two required the checklist and online modules, and four required the checklist, modules, and feedback. An across-participant acquisition analysis revealed additional response patterns that could inform refinement of future training materials. This evaluation demonstrates an efficient mechanism for assessing skill acquisition at the level of the individual learner in the context of higher education.
A Comparison of Instructor Led, Video Modeling, and No Instruction on Single-Subject Design Graph Construction in Microsoft Excel: A Systematic Replication
SAMANTHA PAIGE KUNO (Brock University), Kimberley L. M. Zonneveld (Brock University), Alison Cox (Brock University), Jan Frijters (Brock University), Madeline Marie Marie Asaro (Brock University), Arezu Alami (Brock University), Laura Tardi (Brock University)
Abstract: Visual inspection of single-subject data is the primary method for behavior analysts to interpret the effect of an intervention on behavior; however, there is not a consensus on the most suitable method to teach this skill. We used a repeated measures between-groups design to compare the effects of instructor-led, video-model, and no-instruction control tutorials on the graphing performance of 81 master’s students with some reported Microsoft Excel experience. We observed a statistically significant main effect of submission time point (e.g., from pretest to posttest) for each tutorial group and a non-significant main effect of tutorial group. Finally, tutorial group significantly interacted with submission time point, suggesting that both instructor-led and video-model tutorials may be superior to providing participating graduate students with a written list of graphing conventions (i.e., the no-instruction control condition) to improve their graphing performance. Further, effects generalized to a novel graph type (multielement) for all three tutorial groups.
Remote Teaching of AB Graphs in Microsoft® Excel
Ashley Diana Mondati (Caldwell University ), Sharon A. Reeve (Caldwell University), Jason C. Vladescu (Caldwell University), Ruth M. DeBar (Caldwell University), RACHEL THOMAS (Caldwell University)
Abstract: Video tutorials (also known as video modeling) are a common teaching intervention used across many fields. In today’s times, remote work is becoming more prevalent, video tutorials have been a go-to tool for training. In instances where training is needed in a given area, organizations, such as universities or other corporations, may provide video tutorials to employees and/or students as both a time-efficient and cost-effective tool. To supplement these video tutorials, other tools, such as a checklist, may be provided to maintain an asynchronous learning environment. The current study extended Lehardy et al. (2021) by using a treatment package featuring video tutorials, checklists, and post-performance feedback to train undergraduate and graduate students in any field of study to use Microsoft® Excel 2016 to create AB design graphs. The results suggested that the treatment package increased graphing skills performance across three participants to socially significant levels, although anecdotal evidence suggested that further research on the components of the treatment package is needed.



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