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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Panel #398
CE Offered: BACB
Considerations for Instructors in Online Behavior Analysis Programs
Monday, May 29, 2023
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center 406/407
Area: TBA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Laura Perry Senn, Ph.D.
Chair: Laura Perry Senn (University of Alabama in Huntsville)
SUSAN WILCZYNSKI (Ball State University)
ANTHONY CONCEPCION (University of South Florida)
ODESSA LUNA (St. Cloud State University)
Abstract: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there has been a continued shift toward online enrollment for students in post-secondary education in recent years. Programs offering coursework in behavior analysis have been no exception. While online classes offer a variety of benefits for both instructors and students, they can also pose unique challenges over traditional face-to-face class meetings. Further, it is imperative that online students receive preparation of comparable quality to that of students enrolled in traditional courses in order to ensure the overall strength of our next generation of BCBAs. Unfortunately, many instructors struggle to find resources for navigating these challenges effectively and literature in the area of online instruction within higher education remains somewhat limited. All panelists currently serve as online program faculty and will accept audience questions related to such topics as online course structure, designing online assignments, promoting academic integrity, leveraging the benefits of online instruction, and facilitating meaningful experiences and interactions for students.
Instruction Level: Advanced
Target Audience: The target audience include BCBAs and BCBA-Ds who currently teach online coursework or are in the process of designing online coursework. Attendees should have experience or knowledge in the area of designing student coursework in a way that integrates behavior anlaytic practices to promote success.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentaiton, participants will be able to: (1)Identify unique advantages and disadvantages that come with online teaching; (2) Identify considerations for designing online courses and assignments; (3) Identify options for online information delivery and instruction.
Keyword(s): course development, graduate students, online teaching, post-secondary education



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