The UTSA Office of Information Technology Welcomes Workplace Learning Expert at a Lunch Meet and Greet

March 31, 2017

Meet and Greet 2017 Guest Speaker

(Guest speaker Dr. Donald Taylor discusses the learning and development field at the Lunch Meet and Greet).

By: Nicole Duff, Communications Specialist

The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) hosted a Lunch Meet and Greet on Monday, March 27, 2017 to welcome Workplace Learning Expert Dr. Donald H. Taylor. The invitation-only event was open to UTSA staff involved in learning and development. It was held in the OIT Learning Studio (BB 3.04.16B) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The informative gathering enabled attendees to gain insights on the Global Workplace Learning Handbook, an OIT venture for which Dr. Taylor serves as an editorial board member. Dr. Taylor, who was the event’s guest speaker, is the Chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute which is based in the United Kingdom and is recognized as one of the leaders in global workplace learning. A renowned commentator, organizer, consultant and speaker on workplace learning, Dr. Taylor holds an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University.

CIO and Interim Vice Provost of IT Bryan Wilson welcomed attendees. Following his address, Associate Vice Provost of IT Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., who is also one of the handbook’s co-editors, shared information regarding its background and current progress. Dr. Kenon also explored some of the collaborative research work conducted by UTSA students and student-workers on this project. Communications Specialist Nicole Duff then introduced the guest speaker.

Meet and Greet 2017 Room

(Attendees listen attentively to Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D. as she shares historical insights about the handbook.)

During his presentation, Dr. Taylor engaged in a discussion with attendees about new trends in the learning and development field as well as the on-going need for human capital. In addition, he explored his role in helping promote the book globally as well as UTSA’s role in working on this project.

After his address, Dr. Taylor was presented with a token of appreciation by Project Coordinator Rosalind Ong De Trevino. The event culminated in a brief Q&A session.

Meet and Greet 2017 room

(Attendees of the Lunch Meet and Greet event hosted in the OIT Learning Studio (BB 3.04.16B.)

“It was an honor to have such a global leader in the field of workplace learning join us,” said Dr. Kenon. “It was great to discuss the importance of the future of workplace learning.”

The Global Workplace Learning Handbook is set to be published by the internationally-renowned Wiley Publishing in the fall of 2018. Sunay Palsole, Ph.D., assistant vice chancellor for Remote Engineering Education at the Texas A&M University System is also a co-editor of this handbook.

The handbook will focus on the intricacies of workplace learning and will contain chapters from over 30 scholars and think tanks from organizations and institutions across the U.S. and around the world including the World Bank, the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) and Middlesex University.

To learn more about Dr. Taylor and his work, please visit

Click here to learn more about the Global Workplace Learning Handbook.

For questions, contact the Global Workplace Learning Handbook Project Team at