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PORTL is the Portable Operant Research Training Lab. In layman's terms it's a fun game to help you improve your behavior shaping skills. Shaping is part art and part science and it's a critical skill for all teachers and trainers. It's unfortunately not something that you've probably been taught explicitly. Mary Hunter, one of the creators of PORTL will explain the basics of shaping and of the game, show us how to play and will do a live demonstration with someone from the audience.

Please note that this is a 1.5 hour webinar


Topics include:

-- what is PORTL?

-- what supplies do you need to play PORTL / how to set up the game?

-- benefits of playing PORTL

-- How PORTL can be used as a teaching tool

-- We'll focus on one shaping exercise from the PORTL curriculum - explain how it's played, what people learn from it, and how it relates to real-life teaching/training


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Mary Hunter earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas. She teaches people and their pets, working mainly with dogs and horses. In addition, Mary serves as president of the Art and Science of Animal Training. In 2019, Mary and Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz published their first book, PORTL: The Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab. Mary’s research interests include studying the process of shaping and finding better ways to teach people to train animals. She is a full member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and has presented research at the organization’s annual convention.