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Conceptual Instruction Learning Module Series - 3 Credits

by Dr. Stephen Eversole

picThe Conceptual Instruction Learning Module Series will teach you how to develop materials for use with instructional design models such as that used to develop the CBA Learning Module Series and several other products available from BDS. Earn 3.0 Type II BACB CE credits upon completing this activity.

Do you want to develop instructional materials that teach concepts? ...not just memorization of isolated facts, but teach the discriminations and generalizations necessary for the learning of concepts. The Conceptual Instruction Model (CIM) is our term for a teaching methodology that achieves this kind of learning through fluency building, errorless learning, a high rate of reinforcement, overlearning, and most importantly, teaching conditional discriminations. Material is presented in a multiple-choice format, with hints and immediate feedback. The student goes through each of several modules until he/she could answer all of the questions in the time allotted. We used the CIM to develop the CBA Learning Module Series. This continuing education program uses the CIM to teach how to develop CIM instructional content. You could use this model to develop your own instructional materials or make an arrangement with BDS to use our learning platform.

About this course:

This course uses a fluency model.  This model involves answering a series of questions, first during acquisition modules (one hour per module), and then again during fluency modules (which have a shorter time criterion).  The fluency model provides many opportunities for practice.  Furthermore, each question is accompanied by a hint which should be used unless you are absolutely certain you know the answer. When hints are used properly, fluency-based courses can be errorless or near-errorless.

Keep in mind that fluency-based courses utilize modules, which contain learning exercises--not tests.  Concepts are learned when users consistently make important discriminations (correct vs. incorrect option selection) over a number of questions designed to promote generalization.

Here's how it works:

  1. Purchase this course (see above).
  2. Complete the acquisition modules to 100% correct.
  3. Complete the fluency modules to 100% correct.
  4. Once all acquisition and fluency learning modules have been completed to 100% correct, go to the Finishing Up module, complete the short survey, and print your certificate for BACB credits.

To manage your CE credits on the BACB web site, please use our ACE Provider # OP-02-0017.


1.   Select the correct element of the definition of “Concept.”

2.   Select the correct application of controlling for option form (appearance).

3.   Select the correct application of controlling for position cues.

4.   Select the correct application of controlling for order effects.

5.   Select the correct application of “close in” incorrect options.

6.   Select the correct application of using a correct option for one item as an incorrect option for another item.

7.   Select the correct application of using “(all of the above).”

8.   Select the option that controls for inappropriate stimulus control resulting from unique features of screen.

9.   Select hints that provide enough information to evoke the correct response for the current question and possibly other questions; and are not too long.

10.  Select practical considerations and limitations of this form of instruction.

Recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs.

Mandatory Disclaimer:

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. does not sponsor, approve, or endorse the material, information, or products described herein.

(Note that the above disclaimer does not mean that the BACB disapproves this product. They simply don't endorse any CE products or events and they want you to know this. However, they do approve providers and BDS is an Approved CE Provider. Therefore, you can rest assured that your CE credits will be accepted by the BACB.)

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