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Positive and negative reinforcement and punishment only partially explain how animals learn. There are many aspects of learning that go beyond these concepts. Understanding them will give you a more complete picture of what drives behavior and greatly improve your ability to train dogs and address behavior issues. This course covers advanced topics in emotional learning, observational learning (including imitation), the impact of stress on learning and, the neurobiology of learning. We will also discuss how to apply this information directly to working with dogs.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Define and distinguish between classical conditioning, habituation, and sensitization
- Describe the impact of stress on learning
- Define and distinguish between different types of classical conditioning – what happens when multiple stimuli are involved?
- Define conditioned taste aversion and explain what makes it unique
- Define observational learning
- Identify and distinguish between different types of observational learning, including imitation
- Summarize what we know about observational learning in dogs
- Explain the neurobiology of both instrumental and fear learning
- Apply knowledge of learning to working with dogs
- Be able to analyze, integrate and apply new information to fit into current framework of knowledge. If it doesn’t fit into current framework, be able to pursue novel paths of thinking.
I believe that the most effective learning occurs when students are not only provided with the facts, but also provided ample opportunity to use that information in concrete ways, engage in challenging activities, interact with others and receive frequent feedback on their progress.
Therefore, this course will be taught using an approach that encourages collaboration and active learning. While there will be time spent lecturing, time in class will be also be spent working on interactive activities and completing brief assignments.
I began my teaching career by teaching at a university and I hold students in my online courses to the same standards. I have high expectations for engagement and quality of work. However, I also strongly feel that if I am going to set a high bar, that I need to step up and make sure my students can reach it. This means that I hold myself to a very high standard as well and I love it when students reach out if they are struggling with the material in any way. I am happy to help. If you haven’t taken a college course before, but are willing to put in the work and reach out for help if needed, then you should do well in this course.
The next course will start on Thursday, February 11th. It runs for four weeks: 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, and 3/4.
- For all students: There will be a lecture at 6 pm Eastern time each Thursday. Class runs for about an hour. Each lecture will be conducted live and will include some interactive discussion. Lectures will also be recorded for students that are not able to attend live.
- For full students:
- Discussion sessions: There will be a discussion section at about 7 pm Eastern time each week (immediately following lecture),. This session will run about an hour and we will use the time to further explore the concepts in a variety of ways. For particularly tricky content, students will participate in exercises to solidify and practice the information presented during lecture. In addition, students will have practice at applying course material directly to working with dogs. Discussions use a team-based learning format where students will be presented with a challenge then given an opportunity to discuss the challenge with their team and agree on an answer. We will then discuss the answer as a group and I will provide additional information on applications and connections to other concepts. The discussion sections are designed to create deep, transformative, and lasting learning related to course material.
- Course assessments: Full students will also receive in-class assignments and 1 – 2 quizzes to assess their understanding of course material.
- $330 for full students (8 hours of instruction, plus in-class assignments and course quiz)
- $200 for auditors (4 hours of instruction)
If you are interested in taking this course as a full student, but cannot attend live at the currently scheduled time, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred times. If I get enough requests for other time slots, I will open additional sections.
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- IAABC – 4 CEUs
- CCPDT and PPG pending as of 11/9/20
- CEUs will require watching the lectures and submitting the secret words.
- IAABC – 10.5 CEUs
- CCPDT and PPG pending as of 11/9/20
- CEUs will require watching the lectures and submitting the secret words, attending 75% or more of the discussion sections and completion of work in class as well as the completion of a comprehensive quiz. The quiz must be passed with a score of 80% or higher. If you receive less than 80% on the quiz you may retake the quiz once, after contacting the instructor for clarification on the missed questions.
- Refunds, minus a $10 processing fee, will be granted if requested up to 2 days before the start of class. After that, 50% refunds will be granted.
- Refunds are not available after the start of class.
- Refunds will not be granted if you are unable to attend class and therefore unable to complete the required work. Excused absences will be granted in case of emergencies and illness (with proper documentation).