Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details


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Workshop #W40
CE Offered: None
One Good Way to Teach a College Content Course
Friday, May 28, 2004
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Independence West
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: John L. Michael, J.D.
JOHN L. MICHAEL (Western Michigan University), CAIO F. MIGUEL (Western Michigan University)
Description: A large part of the learning for college courses is supposed to take place outside of class. We will provide a guideline for appropriate out-of-class time requirements, and consider the various motivational factors available for generating effective outside study. In an analogy to work settings, to do a good job the student must have very clear information about what is required by the instructor, and must be frequently assessed with respect to the developing repertoire. An effective type of information called study objectives will be described, and a guideline for assessment frequency will also be provided. The reinforcement for studying will be analyzed in terms of the procrastination scallop. The role of lectures and other classroom activities, the relation of these activities to text material, and a number of suggested principles with respect to lecturing will be considered. We will also consider the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of assessment procedures, as well as an appropriate assessment context. Our goal is to provide a system that will permit the new instructor to teach effectively and to receive good course evaluations.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to describe: The motivational variables responsible for generating out-of-class study. Good and bad functions of lectures as a source of information. Study objectives as a source of information. The various types of study objectives. Effective study objectives. The advantages and disadvantages of the various kinds of student assessments (exams). The factors determining how frequently assessments (exams) should occur.
Activities: Participants will be exposed to a brief didactic presentation, participate in discussion, and try writing a few study objectives.
Audience: Anyone involved or interested in college teaching.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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