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.

30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W26
CE Offered: None
Using CyberRat Effectively: Instructor Workshop on Assignment Designs and Student Progress
Friday, May 28, 2004
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Liberty A
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Roger D. Ray, Ed.D.
ROGER D. RAY (Rollins College)
Description: This workshop is for instructors using or interested in using the CyberRat animal laboratory simulation software system. CyberRat adds highly realistic and interactive Operant Conditioning and Multi-Behavioral Systems Analysis experiences for students taking courses where such skills and principles are relevant. Such courses include, but are not limited to, Introductory Psychology, Learning, Principles of Behavioral Analysis, Descriptive Research Methods, Behavioral Systems Analysis, Educational Psychology, and Behavioral Modification courses. This workshop focuses on ways to enhance the effective use of CyberRat and its supplemental tools. We will be 1) sharing with instructors our direct experience with the CyberRat system, 2) reviewing the support systems in place to assist instructors and their instructional process, and 3) covering various exemplary assignments along with reflections on what these assignments relevance might be for supplementing or illustrating course content. Participants will take home a free copy of a CyberRat CD and will be given a URL for downloading the course administration tools for exploratory use. They will also be given an address for subscribing to the CyberRat instructor listserve where discussions of assignments and special applications are frequently shared. Adoption procedures for establishing a courses presence on the CyberRat course administration servers will also be reviewed.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: Add new subjects. Select a subject from their personal colony. Set experimental parameters. Conduct experimental sessions both in video and fast-simulation (black box) modes. Use effectively various graphing options to review a session�s results and associated video playback of behaviors. Conduct a multi-behavioral analysis of one of their experimental sessions and will experience a computer-based tutorial on multi-behavioral coding of rat behaviors. Use the CyberRat course administrative and student assignment management system that has recently been added to CyberRat.
Activities: After a brief multi-media overview presentation of CyberRat and its supporting resources, including CyberRat�s web site resources, the CyberRat instructor listserve, and CyberRat�s course administration software system, participants will have an opportunity to practice with CyberRat by using one of several small-group shared laptop computers that will be made available during the workshop. Following an overview presentation of features, participants will be able to practice setting up an assignment for student viewing and execution.
Audience: College and University instructors of undergraduate and/or graduate courses where interactive animal laboratory simulations are desired, such as (but not limited to) Introductory Psychology, Learning, Principles of Behavioral Analysis, Descriptive Research Methods, Behavioral Systems Analysis, Educational Psychology, and Behavioral Modification courses.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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