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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Symposium #477
CE Offered: BACB
Implementing Effective Behavior Analytic Education Practices at Distance and at Scale in the United States and South Africa
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
W194b (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: EDC/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Shiloh Isbell (Morningside Academy)
Discussant: Geoffrey H. Martin (Morningside Academy)
CE Instructor: Geoffrey H. Martin, Ph.D.

Once effective behavior analytic practices are developed they must be implemented. To do this at scale requires the use of modern data collection and dissemination technologies and targeted, efficient support. This symposium will describe two approaches to solving this problem. One approach uses the Internet to monitor program usage and learner responding to highly interactive online instruction and combines this with other data to provide proactive program and teacher support. This approach relies heavily on the automated collection of data and software-based reports. The other approach uses email, video conferencing, and telephone support to teachers using low cost paper and pencil materials designed for use with at risk children. This approach relies on manually collected and teacher reported data. Both approaches seek to provide high implementation fidelity and support for teachers, and demonstrate the range of technologies and data that can be used to ensure proper program use in the United States and South Africa.

Keyword(s): achievement, analytics, implementation, mastery

Wide-scale Implementation of Mastery-based, Adaptive Instructional Programs (Headsprout) in U.S. Elementary Schools

ZACH LAYNG (Headsprout)

There is an increasing interest in the use of correlational data to make predictions about what people are likely to do. These correlational approaches often make quite reliable predictions. When used in an educational context, these analytics can be used to intervene earlier rather than later in order to ensure successful program outcomes. Headsprout Implementation Specialists have conducted thousands of consultations, coaching sessions, and workshops with elementary schools in the U.S. and worldwide. Recently, the company has begun to combine new data collection tools and frameworks for understanding data related to the implementation of curriculum. Combining these analytics with data from student use of the software, Implementation Specialists are able to monitor, intervene, and provide proactive feedback to teachers and administrators at scale. A first look at the process for using data to investigate the relationships between workshop mastery, staff affect, metrics of implementation fidelity, student activity, and student achievement is presented.

Low-cost International Dissemination of Behavioral Education for Children with Learning Differences
JOANNE K. ROBBINS (Morningside Academy), Juliet Ann Newberry (Child Behaviour Consultants), Amy Weisenburgh Snyder (PEER International)
Abstract: This presentation will demonstrate how substantial educational effects can be produced at relatively low costs. Partnerships for Educational Excellence and Research (PEER) International provides web-based training and support to faculty at a Newberry Park - an Applied Behavior Analysis center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Children at the center carry diagnoses that include severe learning and language disabilities, motor planning problems, autism, and global developmental delays. Faculty and PEER consultants worked together by videoconferencing and telephone calls focusing on: the conceptual basis of frequency building to fluent; assessment and data collection methods; layout of classroom to optimize learning; the importance of establishing individual and group contingencies; as well as how to design supplements to published curriculum to support reading, math, writing, and motor skill development. Data and videos were shared via file sharing and reviewed during web-based meetings. Training consisted of sharing papers, weekly videoconferences, analyzing scanned data as well as videos that were uploaded into file shares.



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