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Behavioral Approaches for Designing Instruction

1 hours, 40 minutes
2.0 BACB
Barbara Bucklin, PhD

“Instruction/training is not always the answer!”

Barbara R Buckling, PhD


To train or not to train, what should you do? This lecture takes a behavior analytic perspective of instructional design. Dr. Bucklin overviews the common assumptions of instructional designs and which ones are true or false. Upon review of the assumptions, Dr. Bucklin describes Skinner’s contribution to instructional design. Dr. Bucklin then describes the identification of whether training is appropriate and the important principles to use for effective instructional design. She ends the lecture on how to ensure maintenance of training.

Learning Objectives

What you’ll learn in the course and be able to do afterward

  1. Describe the “truths” of instructional design.
  2. Describe the “myths” of instructional design.
  3. Explain Skinner’s contributions to instructional design.
  4. Explain a performance analysis.
  5. Give examples of “Can’t do” and “Won’t do” problems.
  6. List and describe each instructional principle.
  7. Describe how to measure effects after training.


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