HETS Chairman’s Message

manuelfernosesqchairhojWelcome to the fall issue of the HETS Online Journal,

I am delighted to present the fall issue of the fifth edition of this publication. With this issue the journal welcomes new editor in Chief, Pamela Vargas. Vargas has been actively involved in the HOJ, since its inaugural issue on October 2010, as a member of the Editorial Board. Along with her, we will like to welcome and congratulate on their designation as members of the Editorial Board to: Dr. Marzie Jafari, Dr. Naydeen González De Jesús, Prof. Ana Milena Lucumi, Dr. Ernest Gil Clary, Mr. Sunil Gupta, Prof. Manuel Correa, Mr. Carlos Guevara, Mr. Edgar González, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez, and Pura Centeno.

We are also proud because, since its third edition, the journal is being included in EBSCO Publishing’s databases. EBSCO Publishing caters to the information needs of researchers at every level by providing the content to bring the latest and best information to researchers.  The HETS journal has been characterized because it addresses relevant topics impacting technology and Hispanic Students; this issue is not an exception. Our readership includes researchers, scholars, students and organizations who are interested in technologies, higher education and the Hispanic population. The journal also highlights the use of technology to improve pedagogy. It is only through publications such as the HETS Online Journal that we can focus a wide spotlight on the good work that is being done by our colleagues.

It is my sincere hope that you share the link to our journal with your colleagues.  Should you have an innovative technique or would like share your knowledge and experience in technologies impacting higher education, please consider submitting an article for spring edition on or before April 17, 2015.

My sincere gratitude to Dr. Ivonne Chirino, former Editor-in-Chief, and members of the first Editorial Board: Dr. Howard Wach, Dr. Robert Whittaker, Dr. Carlos Morales and Ms. Alyson Vogel, for accepting the challenge of reviewing and selecting the articles for the past four years. We would like to recognize the hard work, commitment and dedication of all of its members.

I hope you find our fall issue both informative and interesting.

Manuel J. Fernós, Esq.
HETS Chair President, Inter American University of Puerto Rico


 Editor’s Message


Pamela Vargas-KrauserDear Colleagues,

After serving as a member of the Editorial Board of the HETS Journal since its inception in October 2010, I am honored to have recently been appointed as Chief Editor. I look forward to continuing to further the HETS vision of enhancing Hispanic student success and opportunities in Higher Education through the effective use of technology.

In keeping with the mission of HETS, this issue contains articles that support the use of new and innovative technologies to broaden educational opportunities and increase student success. Topics include discussion of unified communication technology, technological advances and their impact on learning, examinations of online students and learning, assessment, and the security risks of technology. This edition also explores the ‘human side’ of technology in education, including emotional intelligence and the impact of visual and aesthetic concerns in distance education.

We hope that you will find this issue of the HETS Journal informative and useful, and that it will create opportunities for discussion about the increasing importance of educational technology and learning on your campus, across institutions, and with corporate and government partners.


Pamela Vargas


 Call for Papers

hets-online-journal(HETS Online Journal Flyer)

The purpose of the HETS (Hispanic Educational Technology Services) Online Journal is to disseminate the research, findings, use and best practices in online education among those interested in this topic worldwide. The journal’s goals is to publish original, peer-reviewed and high quality scientific papers, research review, evidence-based articles, as well as other products of research in the field of technology in education. Click here to download the guidelines to submit articles.  With the article, you must submit the following document: HOJ Publishing Agreement to the HETS office.  Submission deadline for Volume V, Spring Edition is April 17, 2015.

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