Structured Conversations

Structured Conversations

In an effort to provide ongoing professional development opportunities for SAAL members, the Professional Development Committee hosts Structured Conversations. Structured Conversations are monthly interactive assessment webinars. A listing of upcoming webinars and past records can be found below. Check the professional development calendar for a full listing of events. 

Structured Conversations

Our next SAAL Structured Conversation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7,  from12:00pm-1:00pm EST, titled Socially Just Assessment as a Tool for Institutional Equity” with Marjorie Dorimé-Williams, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri and hosted by Renée Delgado-Riley, Director of Assessment and Research at the University of Oregon.  Join us via Zoom. 

Abstract: There is a noticeable gap between espoused and enacted values around equity and diversity on campuses across the nation. Through intentional and informed assessment practices educators have an opportunity to make good on the promise of creating more socially just and inclusive learning environments for all students. Assessment for social justice can be applied in various ways. It must focus on how methods of assessment may inaccurately demonstrate student learning. It must also foster an environment that supports student learning.  We will discuss assessment practices and their potential contribution to inequitable educational policies that hamper student success, particularly for marginalized students. Alternative approaches to the assessment of student learning and outcomes are necessary in order to improve our ability to evaluate the student experience. 

As a result of this conversation, we anticipate that participants will: 

  • Describe issues related to diversity and equity in higher education
  • Define socially just assessment
  • Recognize appropriate assessment methods and analysis processes to support equitable outcomes
  • Articulate multiple ways to use data to support equitable student outcomes and foster an environment that supports student success
  • Explain how assessment can contribute to equitable institutional policies

If you have topics and/or presenters of interest in the upcoming year, please complete the proposal form below.

Past Conversations

Structured Conversations are FREE and anyone can participate. If you are unable to attend a Structured Conversation live, recordings are available on the SAAL YouTube Channel. Visit our YouTube Channel or browse it below by clicking the playlist link on the top left of the video frame. PowerPoint slides and handouts can also be found in the SAAL Resource Repository in the folder titled "Structured Conversations."


Topic Proposals

Would you like to suggest a topic for a future Structured Conversation (SC)? The SAAL PDC welcomes your suggestions! You are also invited to apply to lead a SC and share your expertise with SAAL by completing the proposal form below. We look forward to hearing from you!