Process Makes Perfect | Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

We asked Jamie a few questions about the event and our aim of bringing together behavior analysis, entrepreneurship, technology and clinical applications. Check out her answers and a clear description of her talk at NextGen Las Vegas! Oh and we have a video in there too at the bottom called "Why are we waiting for behavior to get 'bad enough'?" so you can get to know Jamie.

We livestream and record the event. So you have access to all of the content for 30-days after the event regardless of the ticket type you choose!

We livestream and record the event. So you have access to all of the content for 30-days after the event regardless of the ticket type you choose!

What interests you, or fascinates you about technology?

I work at the intersection of behavior science, instructional design, education, technology, and systems change. It's an exciting place to be. Technology enables us to know more, do more, ask more, and be more curious. It's not only tech tools themselves that generate excitement and amazement, it's what they enable us to learn, to change, to wonder about that creates equal awe and inspiration. I'm fascinated by the inkling and promise of what we can do -- if we just do it!

What interests you, or fascinates you about entrepreneurship?

Risk-taking. Doing something novel and different because it excites you and you believe in it. Using your passion and belief to inspire others.

What are you most known for? We want to make sure novel attendees have as much time to prepare as possible to maximize their learning with you.

As a part of the early Headsprout team, I'm know for educational technology and digital product development -- and also for communicating effectively and working with large systems (the U.S. Dept of Ed for example) outside of the typically behavior analytic circles.

If you can give words of encouragement to attendees who wish to explore these areas, what would you say?

Don't wait for someone else to do it. Connect the dots in new and different ways, but stay true to a contingency analysis.

Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Affiliation: Center on Innovations in Learning & Univer. of Mass. Medical School/Shriver Center

Title of Talk: Process Makes Perfect

Description: The program rules. By “program" I mean the analytical arrangement of contingencies, designed to result in clearly defined changes in the behaviors and repertoires of learners. By “rules” I mean is pretty darned effective, successful almost all the time with almost all learners. (And it’s the occasions that aren’t successful that likely have the most to teach us, if we look and learn.) Many of us are in the business of changing behavior. Many of us want to design (instructional) programs. Many of us think we know how. ADDIE, SAM, Dick and Carey, are just a few stones in the avalanche of instructional design models available to us all. Yet in reality, the model is just part of the process. As noted by Layng, 2015, "For a program to be successful the thinking and analysis prior to actual program design has probably more to do with its success than any adherence to one exercise design philosophy or another.” Together we’ll deconstruct what goes into those analyses, why they are so important, and what magic we can do with them.


  1. Given a known instructional design model (e.g., ADDIE, SAM), participants will identify components that they use when engaging in design thinking and apply them to the design of a program.

  2. Having identified familiar components of an instructional design model, participants will identify and analyze behavior/repertoire components that are necessary for the design model to be successful.

Bio: Dr. Janet Twyman is a education innovator, thought leader, and expert, and founder of blast: a learning sciences company. She’s also the Director of Innovation and Technology at the Center on Innovations in Learning; Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Univ. of Mass. Medical School; and formerly the Vice President of Instructional Development, Research, & Implementation at Headsprout. Her numerous articles and book chapters cover behavior analysis, instructional design, technology, and educational systems; she also co-edited two books on educational innovation and personalized learning. She has presented to and worked with education systems, organizations, and institutions over 40 states and countries, including speaking about technologies for diverse learners and settings at the United Nations. She serves on numerous boards and committees, co-chairs the education group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and was a President of the Association for Behavior Analysis. For her distinguished contributions to educational research and practice she received the 2015 Wing Award for Evidence-based Education and the 2017 American Psychological Association Division 25 Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award.

Track: Behavior Analysis & Technology

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Las Vegas, NV


Work in Progress

317 6th Street

Las Vegas, NV 89101


Friday, November 9th, 2018: Optional Meet 'n' Greet and Networking Event for all registered attendees (separate TBD location)

Saturday, November 10th, 2018: 8am-6pm - Day 1: Design Thinking for Behavior Analysts

Sunday, November 11th, 2018: 8am-6pm - Day 2: Applications for Expanding Behavioral Science


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