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BEHP1133: Some Instructional Dos and Don'ts

Time limit: 60 days
2 credits

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Full course description

Time: 1 hour, 54 minutes
Credit: 2 Learning BACB CEs

Presenter: T. V. Joe Layng, Ph.D.

Course Description: Over the years, we have learned some valuable lessons in our attempts to design effective instruction. Still, misconceptions and less than best practices remain. Even behavior analysts often persist in using practices shown to be less than ideal. This presentation will describe some instructional dos and don'ts based upon what we have learned about instruction since the 1950s.


  • Understand why it is important to analyze the instructional content.
  • State why repertoire hierarchies are helpful when designing instruction.
  • Understand why it is important to set criteria for success.
  • Know the main considerations when determining the entry repertoire for instruction.
  • Explain what is meant by largest achievable step when designing instruction.
  • Learn Importance of nonexamples.
  • Distinguish between critical and variable attributes when teaching concepts.
  • Distinguish between divergent examples and convergent example/nonexample sets.
  • Understand main considerations when designing practice.
  • Distinguish formative from summative evaluation.
  • Understand program-intrinsic and program-extrinsic consequences.
  • Understand confirmatory and instructional feedback.
  • Describe why immediate feedback may not be best for instruction.
  • Explain why one designs the criteria test before instruction.
  • Describe why there are no limits on what can be taught and tested.
  • Explain what is meant by the statement, “If the student errs, the program flunks.”
  • Understand active responding and meaningful responding.
  • Describe how the Holland black-out technique shows why errorless responding may not matter.
  • Distinguish between prompting a response and priming a stimulus control relation.

Keywords: Instruction, prompting, active responding, nonexamples, repertoire hierarchies, practice, teaching

Rating: This course is recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs with background knowledge of the concepts and principles of behavior analysis.


Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Important notes:  Your access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in.  Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech no longer offers extensions for CE courses; if you do not finish your course and need to repurchase, please contact us.  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.


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These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)