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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Workshop #W32
CE Offered: BACB
Poser Applied: Creating Poser Animations for Applied Behavior Analysis Teaching and Demonstration Purposes
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, Torrey Pines 1
Area: TBA/PCH; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Michael Keenan, Ph.D.
Michael Keenan (Ulster University), LEE CADIEUX (Arts and Humanities Research Institute; Ulster University)
Description: In this workshop, participants will be introduced to Poser, an application from software developer Smith Micro, for generating dynamic 3D CGI content that can be used as an enhanced and economical alternative to live-action video for teaching and demonstration purposes. Professor Keenan will outline his approach to the software and how he has used it as an alternative to live-action video to generate specific examples of behaviour for instruction and demonstration purposes in the teaching of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). He will discuss the ethical issues surrounding the use of video recorded real-life case studies and how the use of Poser animations may avoid any such concerns. Mr. Cadieux will provide a hands-on demonstration of the software, giving participants a guided tour of the user interface, menus, libraries of content, tools and demonstrate the dynamic capabilities. As well, an overview of Classical Animation technique will be provided; showing how the Principles of Animation may be used to enhance and refine Poser animations with life-like realism.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) define how the Poser software application may be used to create an ethical alternative to real-life case study examples in teaching ABA; (2) define the expense and complexity of the production of live-action video examples for teaching ABA; (3) know how to navigate the Poser user interface, libraries, and tools; (4) know how to alter and adjust Poser animations with minimal effort to provide variations in gender, race, costume and age; (5 )know how to use Classical Animation techniques to enhance realism in Poser animations for teaching.
Activities: Instructional Strategies for this introductory level workshop will include Lecture, Demonstration and Discussion through Small Group Breakout. Workshop objectives will include elements of guided practice through Video Observation and Discussion. Tutors will apply Interview and Case Study methodologies. Supplemental materials will be distributed electronically.
Audience: Teachers of behaviour analysis
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): Animation, CGI, Multimedia, Poser



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