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 #298
CE Offered: BACB
Online Teaching 2018: Lessons Learnt and Next Steps
Sunday, May 27, 2018
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom C
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Dipti Mudgal (Ball State University)
CE Instructor: Dipti Mudgal, Ph.D.

As providers of quality education via online platform, we are consistently striving to excel and keep up with the changing nature of our students and technology. Over the years, each one of us has evolved as a teacher while navigating through uncharted territories of teaching ABA online. With the fast changing structure of technology, we have to adapt fairly rapidly and modify our content. It has been a great shaping process for us as teachers and we have acquired some many interpersonal, educational, and technological tools along the way. The aim of this symposia is to discuss what we have learned about teaching and delivery of instruction in an online format. We will also be discussing the unique and complicated challenges we face as compared to an on-campus program.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): online education
Target Audience:

Academia, graduate students, supervisors, clinicians, and trainers.


Finding the Modus Operandi for Student Success in Behavior Analysis Programs

SHANNON TITUS DIERINGER (Ball State University), Kimberly Martell (Ball State University)

The demand for quality online education for training future behavior analysts is at an all-time high; and we, as online educators, are required to ensure educational excellence. Over the past five years we have seen the characteristics of our students change dramatically. We often have students in our courses that are full-time employees who also have other multiple competing task demands with little time to engage in schoolwork during the typical 9-5 work day. As a result, we have had to adapt our teaching styles and strategies to fit their needs. We strive to create a learning environment that encourages positive interaction among peers and instructors. This presentation will discuss some of challenges we have faced in our quest to provide high quality instruction of applied behavior analysis coursework in an online venue. We will also discuss some "tricks of the trade" to engage students in the learning process thereby increasing their likelihood for success in the field of applied behavior analysis.

A Framework for Incorporating Student Preference in Online Courses
LAURA L. DUDLEY (Northeastern University), Nicole M. Davis (Northeastern University), Hanna C. Rue (Autism Spectrum Therapies)
Abstract: One of the major differences between on-ground and online courses is the nature of class discussions that take place within those courses. Discussion formats may include asynchronous written discussions, synchronous written discussions, synchronous video discussions, asynchronous video discussions, or some combination of the above. This presentation offers a framework for how one might assess student preference for discussion format, as well as how one might assess outcomes when students are given the option of choosing discussion format. This framework for incorporating student choice may be applied to other areas of course participation, such as lecture format and assignments.

Online Programs: Thinking Outside the Box

VERONICA J. HOWARD (University of Alaska Anchorage)

Alaska is the 43rd most internet connected state; only 78% of Alaskans have broadband coverage. Local studies highlight the significant cost for internet access in rural villages, the slow internet speeds (as low as 19.2 kbps in some communities), and intermittent quality of internet connection. Given these limitations, delivering a professional training program comes with significant challenges. How can we best train the future generation of behavior analysis in a state spanning over twice the area of Texas, with limited access to the infrastructure enjoyed by many in the continental united states? This presentation will highlight some of the challenges and successes of teaching online and blended courses at an open-enrollment Alaska university.




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