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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Invited Tutorial #392
CE Offered: BACB
Tutorial: Creating and Managing Distance Learning Courses for Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 26, 2008
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Grand Ballroom
Area: TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Leslie S. Burkett, Ph.D.
Chair: Pamela G. Osnes (Behavior Analysts, Inc.)
Presenting Authors: : LESLIE S. BURKETT (University of North Texas)

Distance learning is here to stay and growing fast. To "grow" our field and compete in today's educational world, "we happy few" need to embrace this opportunity to disseminate our knowledge into remote areas and provide courses for degrees and certification requirements. This tutorial will provide an overview of what it takes to set up and manage distance learning courses. Topics of the tutorial include: the Instruction, Delivery methods, Technology, Costs, and Ongoing course administration with the focus on student learning. Based on our own extensive experience at the University of North Texas as well as research on how others handle their online courses, the tutorial addresses these questions: Where do I start? What's involved? What's different about "distance" learning? Can I do it myself, or what kind of help do I need? What kinds of instruction work best? How much will it cost? Will students be successful learners? How will I know?

LESLIE S. BURKETT (University of North Texas)
Dr. Leslie S. Burkett is Project Coordinator for the graduate certificate distance learning courses at the Department of Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas. She earned her masters in Behavior Analysis and doctorate in Information Science, both at the University of North Texas. Inspired 20 years ago by Sigrid Glenn’s visionary plan to use the computer to implement B. F. Skinner’s teaching machine, Dr. Burkett has collaborated with Dr. Glenn to develop a highly successful program of courses designed to build complex behavior analytic repertoires using highly interactive, multichannel, multimedia online instruction. As a result, Dr. Burkett has experience in most aspects of distance learning, participating as instructional designer and developer, computer programmer, web site developer, and course administrator for 25 semesters. She has shared research data as well as instructional and technological techniques related to online distance learning through many ABA presentations over the past 15 years.



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