Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 3–13 | Cite as

Beginning the Dialogue on the e-Transformation: Behavior Analysis’ First Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

  • Ruth Anne RehfeldtEmail author
  • Heidi L. Jung
  • Angelica Aguirre
  • Jane L. Nichols
  • William B. Root
Discussion and Review Paper


The e-Transformation in higher education, in which Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are playing a pivotal role, has had an impact on the modality in which behavior analysis is taught. In this paper, we survey the history and implications of online education including MOOCs and describe the implementation and results for the discipline’s first MOOC, delivered at Southern Illinois University in spring 2015. Implications for the globalization and free access of higher education are discussed, as well as the parallel between MOOCs and Skinner’s teaching machines.


Online teaching MOOCs Teaching machines 



We gratefully acknowledge support from SIUC Extended Campus and the Center for Teaching Excellence


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Anne Rehfeldt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Heidi L. Jung
    • 1
  • Angelica Aguirre
    • 1
  • Jane L. Nichols
    • 1
  • William B. Root
    • 1
  1. 1.Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program, Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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