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

The SAAL Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce, our next SAAL Structured Conversation scheduled for Wednesday, May 5th from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST (12:00pm-1:00pm PST), titled “Building a Foundation for Strategic Assessment” with Dr. Ross Markle, Founder and Managing Director of DIA Higher Education Collaboratorshosted by Renée Delgado-Riley, Director, Student Life Assessment and Research, University of Oregon.  Register here.

Abstract: How do we make our assessment more intentional, meaningful, and impactful? As with any good house, it starts with the foundation. The structure and intention of our assessment practice can increase the value of assessment results, both for us as assessment professionals and to those we might be reporting. This Structured Conversation will discuss both theoretical and practical approaches to structuring your assessment practice, including topics such as process mapping, models for evaluation, and a fresh perspective on student learning outcomes.

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

·       Describe the reasons why we need learning outcomes.

·       Critically analyze varying data structures and their role for implementation of assessment.

·       Identify strategies for understanding co-curricular experiences and how to best support them through process mapping.

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!