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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #34
CE Offered: BACB
Critical and Variable Attributes of Effective Instruction- Markers of Success in Online Behavior Analysis Programs
Saturday, May 25, 2024
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon CD
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Kristin K. Myers-Kemp, Ph.D.
Chair: Kristin K. Myers-Kemp (ABA Technologies Inc. and FIT ABA Online)
NICOLE M. NEIL (University of Western Ontario)
CLAUDIA CAMPOS (Simmons University)
KRISTIN N. FOLEY (Endicott College)
Abstract: As a result of increased knowledge regarding the effectiveness of the science of behavior analysis and new funding sources, the demand for behavior analysts in the past 10 years has exploded. Consumer demand and these new funding streams resulted in the rapid development of new companies and job opportunities. The 2023 employment demand report shows that in 2022 there was nearly one job posting for every behavior analyst in the country. This immense demand resulted in an increased need for education in behavior analysis. Thus, approximately 100 new university training programs emerged in a 10-year timeframe. Additionally, the post-Covid shutdown landscape has recently influenced the demand for accessible programs. With increased online and hybrid options, the face of behavior analytic education continues to evolve. This panel will explore the future of education in our field, consider the critical and variable attributes of quality behavior analytic instruction in an online environment, and discuss successful program elements at four institutions.
Instruction Level: Advanced
Target Audience: Target Audience: University faculty, instructors, supervisors, or others interested in the education of upcoming BCBAs. Pre-requisite skills/knowledge: • Understanding of BACB certification pathways. • Knowledge of current (2022) and upcoming (2027 and 2032) BACB certification standards for BCBA-level certificants. • Understanding of university systems, programs, and program requirements. • Knowledge of accreditation at the program and university levels.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Identify critical and variable attributes of behavior-analytic education; (2) identify challenges faced by online behavior-analysis programs and possible solutions; (3) identify how online behavior-analytic education may be improved to meet the needs of students and the field at large.
Keyword(s): Education, Instruction, online



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