Global collaboration and workplace learning opportunities promoted at the AERA Annual Meeting

April 12, 2018

UTSA Students at Sombrilla Plaza


Global collaboration and workplace learning opportunities promoted at the AERA Annual Meeting

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of Information Technology (OIT) Assistant Vice Provost Vanessa Hammler Kenon, is spearheading an off-site visit focused on workplace learning at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018 Annual meeting. The annual meeting will take place in New York, NY from April 13-17.

The event is open to AERA meeting attendees, which include faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with expertise in education research.

Kenon shared that, “Scholars from across the globe will participate in this site visit. These academic scholars from China, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and many more nations, add an international perspective on professional development.” The San Antonio Spurs organization staff assisted the OIT technical workplace learning staff team with coordinating the off-site visit with the New York Knicks organization.

As a public institution with a significant portion of the student body coming from public schools throughout Texas, OIT’s participation is important to support this year’s theme, “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education.” In line with President Taylor Eighmy’s strategic theme (An exemplary Urban-Serving University of the Future), the session will provide insight on the cultural, individualized, and specialized knowledge between education and workplace settings that support cradle to career education as well as help develop the leaders of the future.

Kenon, the leader for the off-site visit “The NBA Workplace: Dreams, Possibilities and the Workplace Beyond the Basketball Court” organized this event through the Workplace Learning Special Interest Group (SIG).

The session will highlight opportunities to support students that have aspirations of becoming professional athletes through guided exploration of the various other career prospects that relate to their passion. “The San Antonio Spurs staff were highly instrumental in assisting with the logistics and opportunity for academic scholars from across the globe to participate in this experience surrounding training and career choice,” stated Kenon.

Communications Specialist Nicole Duff will serve as a discussant for the session, which will also explore career opportunities beyond the basketball court, and how the National Basketball Association (NBA) has supported public education. The off-site visit will give attendees a look into the New York Knicks organization as well as the Madison Square Garden arena.

In addition to the off-site visit, Kenon and Duff will serve as chairs for several other global sessions at the meeting. Kenon will chair “International Perspectives on Access,” “Promoting Professional Development in Diverse Settings,” and “Dreams and Possibilities for Black Youth in Education,” sessions and serve as a discussant for “Aspired Principal Practices to Improve Student Achievement.” Duff will chair “The Global Impact of Career and Vocational Education Training in the Workplace” session.

Over the past several years, OIT has expanded its participation in the Workplace Learning SIG to find opportunities to elevate the training and professional development it provides to faculty and staff at UTSA in line with the UTSA and OIT strategic plans. The increased representation resulted in Kenon’s election to serve as the 2018 AERA annual meeting program chair for the Workplace Learning SIG.

OIT’s work on workplace learning also led to the opportunity to produce a handbook on the topic of global workplace learning with Wiley Publishing, which includes several authors that are also members of AERA. The book is co-edited by Kenon and The Texas A&M University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Engineering Remote Education Sunay Palsole and is expected to be released in the fall of 2019.