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.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

Event Details

Previous Page


Invited Tutorial #29
CE Offered: BACB
2005 ABA Tutorial: Designing Instructional Programs and the Systems to Create and Disseminate Them
Saturday, May 28, 2005
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
International North (2nd floor)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Janet S. Twyman, Ph.D.
Chair: John Austin (Western Michigan University)
Presenting Authors: : JANET S. TWYMAN (Headsprout)

The knowledge gleaned from behavior analysis, instructional design, formative and summative evaluation procedures, and an organizational systems approach can be combined to create successful instructional programs with a broad, stable effects across numerous learners. An example of this is Headsprout Early Reading, an online reading program currently being used with thousands of children. The development of this highly effective behavioral program, (from identifying instructional objectives, applying the instructional design process, building the program, iterative testing, releasing the program to the public, to ongoing revisions), is non-linear and involves a process of continual adaptations based on sensitive measurement of the entire system. It also requires coordination and collaboration among various components of the organization, from instructional design and user testing, to graphics, sound and engineering. Further systems are needed distribute the program. This tutorial will discuss the organizational systems necessary to build and disseminate instructional programs and describe how they can be replicated across other products.

JANET S. TWYMAN (Headsprout)
Janet, a noted teacher, administrator, and researcher, is the Vice President of Instructional Development at Headsprout, where she significantly contributed to the development of Headsprout’s Generative Learning Technology and led the effort to build that technology into a highly effective beginning reading program. Janet developed the research methods and systems that led to Headsprout’s ground–breaking scientific formative evaluation model of program development--coordinating all elements of instructional design, scripting, graphic creation, animation, sound engineering, story development and writing, software engineering, and usability testing within the research model. Janet was formerly the Executive Director of the Fred S. Keller School, a model early childhood center, and an adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University Teachers College. Janet is a long time advocate and investigator of research–based instruction and systems design. While at the Keller School and Columbia, she conducted research and taught courses focusing on effective instruction, technology and education, teacher development, and systems approaches to effective education. She has published experimental studies with a particular emphasis on the verbal behavior of children, and on topics of broader conceptual interest. She is a board member of several schools and organizations, and is currently on the Executive Council of the Association for Behavior Analysis. In addition, she oversees the Association’s graduate program accreditation processes. Janet earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University, Teachers College. She holds certification as an elementary and special education teacher and as a principal/school administrator.



Back to Top
Modifed by Eddie Soh