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Setting Up a Prompt Schedule

In order to assign a target to errorless learning you must first create an errorless learning prompt schedule.  The prompt schedule designates which prompts will be displayed and the order in which they will display.  Click on the Prompt Schedules sub tab under the set up tab to create a prompt schedule.


Click on New Prompt Schedule


The New Prompt Schedule Window will then appear.  You can name your schedule, set the promotion and demotion criteria, and determine the prompts to use and the order of intrusiveness from this window.


Promotion and Demotion Criteria

When designating teaching targets for "errorless teaching" you'll need to define a criteria for promotion.  These are essentially the circumstances in which a target "moves" from one prompt level to another, less intrusive prompt level.  For example, if your lesson plan begins with partial physical prompts, what criteria should be met to promote the prompt objective to a less intrusive prompt, such as a gesture?  The numbers on this screen are designed for you to determine how many trials need to be correct at the current prompt level before Catalyst moves to the next prompt level.  For example, if you set the promotion schedule to 20/26 you are requiring the target to be correct 20 trials out of 26 trials before moving to the next prompt level. 


You will then need to set a demotion criteria.  The goal here is to determine how many trials need to be incorrect out of how many total trials in order to move the target back to a more intrusive prompt level.


Method for Tie Breakers

We know, you love to fidget with the numbers.  Under some unusual circumstances, complex promotion and demotion formulas might lead to conflicts.  If you land on one of those conflicts-where both promotion and demotion criteria are met- do you want the prompt level to promote or demote?

Adding Prompts to A Schedule

You will need to determine which prompts you want included in the schedule.   

Prompt Hierarchy

Be sure to list the prompts in order of most intrusive to least intrusive.  Your most intrusive prompt should be at the top of the list.  If you need to reorder the prompts after you have added them, simply click and drag the prompts into the correct order.

In order to add a prompt to the schedule, click the dropdown menu in the Add Prompt Code box.  A list of available prompts will be displayed.  Click on the desired prompt and click the Add button.


Be sure to add independent as a prompt code.  Catalyst will NOT automatically add Independent as an option.  Remember to click the add button before clicking save.


The new Prompt Schedule will then be listed under Prompt Schedules.



Prompt Schedules*

In order to assign a prompt code to a new prompt schedule the prompt must already be listed in the Prompt Codes Tab and assigned to DTT target types.  To learn about creating new prompt codes visit Prompt Codes

Deleting Prompts

If you need to delete a prompt from the schedule, simply click Delete under the Action Menu 

Actions Menu

From the Actions menu you can add targets to a selected prompt schedule, remove targets, view the schedule details, edit the schedule, or delete the prompt schedule. 


Adding Targets to a Prompt Schedule

When selecting multiple targets to assign to a prompt schedule, it is easiest to assign them from the actions menu.  Once you select Add/Remove Targets, a window will appear listing all targets in the system for the current student.


To select all targets in a skill area, click the skill area (e.g., Expressive Skills) and all the targets listed in the programs within that skill area will be selected.

To select all targets in a program (e.g., Labeling Letters), click on the box next to the program name.


To select only specific targets, click on the arrows next to the skill area and program to expand the view and click on the desired targets from the list.


You can also assign a target to a Prompt Schedule when you initially create the target in the edit target details box.


If the target has already been created and you would like to add it to a Prompt Schedule, click on yellow arrow next to the target name.


Click on Edit Target Details


The Edit Target Details box will then display and you can select the desired Prompt Schedule from the drop down list.


Once targets have been assigned to a prompt schedule you will not be able to delete or edit the prompt schedule. If you need to edit or delete, you must first remove targets from the prompt schedule. After you make the desired edits you can then add targets back to the schedule.

Manually Setting a Prompt Level

You might use this feature if you find that a learn does not need to move through each preset prompt level, and instead you want to move the prompt level to a less intrusive prompt without waiting for each prompt level to meet the promotion criteria.  In those instances where you may want to manually change or set a prompt level, you can do so from the Actions menu next to the target.  Click on Set Prompt. 


The Change Errorless Teaching Prompt Level box will appear.  You can then set the new prompt level from the drop down menu.


Viewing the History of a Target

You can access the history of the Errorless Teaching Prompt by clicking on the yellow arrow next to the target name.  The History box will display when the target was created, the date it was assigned to a prompt schedule, the name of the prompt schedule it is assigned to, the date the target was opened, date it promoted or demoted from one prompt level to the next, and the date mastered.  

In order to learn more about Errorless Teaching, please visit Target Types

In order to learn about graphing of Errorless Teaching targets, please visit Graphing Features.  

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