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.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W31
CE Offered: BACB
Making Training Videos Using Software You Probably Already Have
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 131 BC
Area: TBA/CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Karen R. Wagner, Ph.D.
KAREN R. WAGNER (Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc)
Description: This workshop will show participants how to create simple training videos for staff and parents. Using pedagogy from behavior analysis theory and practice, as well as beginning filmmaking techniques, participants will learn to plan their training video to achieve the best outcomes for their intended audience. Basic, bare-bones videomaking will be demonstrated and attendees will participate in the processes of production, editing, and finishing a brief training video created in the workshop.
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn: 1. Participants will learn the ethical considerations of presenting correct procedural methodology and accurately describing expected outcomes. They will also receive information on the use of consumers of behavior analysis services in their training videos. 2. How to create a storyboard to organize the filming, give a diagram of the skill being taught, the best way to present the skill, and the sequence of steps needed to create the video. 3. Participants will create a script to ensure the behavioral techniques are presented and explained properly, to give the volunteer “actors” cues for their verbal and physical behavior, and to prevent extensive filming time. 4. Participants will video their “actors” performing the script, and make adjustments to the video shoot as necessary. 5. Participants will either: Observe the presenter as she edits the footage into a training video, or; download the footage to their own laptop and edit alongside of the presenter. 6. Participants will learn how to add titles and narration to enhance the training video. 7. Participants will learn how to publish the video into a format that will be usable for their needs.
Activities: After a one-hour pre-teaching overview of the filmmaking process, participants will create a storyboard and script for a 1-3 minute training video. Using equipment provided by the presenter, the participants will video a simple training sequence, such as Matching to Sample, or a mand request. The presenter will transfer the video into MovieMaker to start the editing process. Those with I-Movie will be able to follow along due to the intuitive nature of the software, and the similarities to MovieMaker. Using the a projector, projection screen and a laptop, the presenter will guide participants through the process of editing footage, adding narration, titles and instructions to the project. The raw video will be copied to the participant’s laptops or pen drives during the workshop, and those with laptops will be encouraged to work along with the presenter to create their own version of the training video.
Audience: The audience should be intermediate to advanced due to the nature of the activity. Training videos should always represent the behavior analytic skill and processes as accurately as possible. Novice behavior analysts are unlikely to have the skill necessary to examine the process sufficiently to ensure the information is complete and accurate.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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