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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Paper Session #264
CANCELLED: Using the Livecode Development Environment to Create Online Tutorials for Teaching Behavior Analysis Concepts in Undergraduate and Graduate Courses
Sunday, May 28, 2023
6:30 PM–6:55 PM
Convention Center 406/407
Area: TBA
Chair: James T. Todd (Eastern Michigan University)

The temporary shutdown of in-person operant laboratory activities due to COVID set the occasion to teach basic operant principles via online computer coding activities using the inexpensive Livecode authoring system. Livecode, a descendent of Apple's Hypercard but available for all major systems, provides a graphical rapid development environment written in plain-language scripts rather than obscure computer syntax (e.g., C++, Python, Swift). A series of modular lessons delivered textually and by video were created to teach schedules of reinforcement and other behavioral principles. Simultaneously, the students were taught to make simple graphical user interfaces and data collection schemes such that their work might later be used to create cross-platform and interactional research and teaching tools. This presentation will introduce the audience to the Livecode development environment and how they were used in the online tutorials.




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