Janet S. Twyman- Behavior Analysis, Technology, & Education in the 21st Century

1.0 Type II CE Credit

This presentation was filmed at the 2016 Hawaii ABA Conference 

About the presentation:

The explosion of digital technologies heralds a worldwide revolution in education, providing an efficacious and egalitarian means to increase learning. Modern educational trends (e.g., personalized learning, competency-based education, intelligent instructional adaptation) share critical features with behavior analysis; this interactive presentation will cover the congruence with and opportunities for behavior analysis. We have the shoulders of giants to lift us up—Skinner’s technology of teaching, Keller’s personalized systems of instruction, Markle’s instructional design and concept formation, Heward’s active student responding, Johnson & Layng’s generative instruction—a foundation to effect meaningful, system-wide change in business, health care, and my area of work, teaching and learning.

The explosion of digital technologies and increased understanding of their capabilities puts us in the midst of a worldwide revolution in education, from pre K to 12th grade and across universities, business, and industry. The use of technology-powered learning holds great promise as an efficacious and egalitarian means to help all people accelerate learning and meet the challenges of a changing, competitive world. Modern educational trends, such as personalized learning, competency-based education, embedded assessment, flexible instructional adaptation, self-pacing, and common standards, share critical features with behavior analysis. We will discuss the congruence between behavior analysis and new opportunities in education and other industries and the opportunity for greater learning and change for all. Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to: Participants will describe a current educational trend (e.g., personalized learning, competency-based education, embedded assessment, intelligent instruction & adaptation) and how it relates to behavior analysis. Participants will identify at least 3 technology tools containing behavioral features that they can use in their current teaching or learning environments. Participants will identify current and future opportunities for behavior analysts outside of traditional settings.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will describe a current educational trend (e.g., personalized learning, competency-based education, embedded assessment, intelligent instruction & adaptation) and how it relates to behavior analysis.
  • Participants will identify at least 3 technology tools containing behavioral features that they can use in their current teaching or learning environments.
  • Participants will identify current and future opportunities for behavior analysts outside of traditional settings.

About the presenter:

A former preschool and elementary school teacher, principal, administrator, and university professor, Janet is a noted proponent of effective instruction and using technology to produce individual and system change. In 2007-08 she served as President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and is an ABAI Fellow. Formerly the Vice President of Instructional Development, Research, & Implementation at Headsprout, she currently is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Shriver Center. Also serving as the Director of Innovation & Technology for the U.S. Dept. of Education funded Center on Innovations in Learning, she works with state education departments across the nation. Janet has published and presented nationally and internationally, including the United Nations, on instructional design, evidence-based innovations in education, and the systems that produce meaningful difference in learners’ lives. In 2015 received the Wing Award for her work in Evidence-based Education.

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