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. 

Upcoming Structured Conversations

’Opening’ the Loop: Strategies in Summative and Formative Feedback through a Consultation Model

October 16, 2018 @ 12pm- 1pm EST


In this session, we will examine strategies that will effectively change the perception and practices of assessment on your campus, one person at a time. Strategies discussed will include training and consultation techniques to move from “we have to do this” towards a value-based approach and facilitating summative and formative feedback to identify training and resource needs and continue the momentum throughout the plan year.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discover and practice strategies for guiding individuals and teams through customized assessment consultation.
  • Develop a feedback rubric customized for their institution.
  • Engage assessment planners through motivating summative and formative feedback.
  • Identify ways to quantify feedback to determine training and resources needed across the institution.

About Our Conversationalists:

Zaneta Wood is the Assessment Coordinator at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC.  She primarily works with academic and student support services and administrative units in completing assessment requirements for SACSCOC.  She has over five years of experience in Institutional Research.  She has also been an academic advisor, tutoring lab coordinator, instructional technologist, grammar and composition tutor, and adjunct instructor in developmental English and Reading and curriculum English.  Her experience spans four technical colleges and three universities, but the technical college will always have her heart.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in applied anthropology, Master of Arts in higher education, and Ed.S. in adult and developmental education, all from Appalachian State University.

Gina Terry is the Director of Counseling Services at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC. She, along with her staff, works primarily with providing mental health counseling and workshops to students. She has over nine years of experience working in higher education. In addition to her role as Director of Counseling Services, she has been a counselor, academic advisor, and adjunct instructor in the Academic Connections and Human Services departments.  Prior to this, she was a therapist for adolescents and adults with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Erskine College, and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Webster University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of South Carolina.

Dr. Sara Hillis Ousby is the Director of Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of North Texas. She is responsible for management of a comprehensive assessment cycle and building capacity for assessment. In this role she chairs the divisional assessment team and serves on University accreditation teams. Prior to working in assessment full-time, Sara held various roles in student life where she focused on increasing student engagement and creating inclusive campus environments. Sara earned a B.B.A. from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, an M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University.

Past Conversations

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!