HETS continues its commitment with International Higher Education Institutions through collaboration with Blackboard in Mexico
HETS collaborated with Blackboard Inc. during the Bb Forum in Mexico City on March 2011
As part of the agreement with one of our Major Corporate Partners, Blackboard Inc. (Bb), HETS had the opportunity to collaborate for the second consecutive year of the Bb Forum event held in Mexico City during March 2011. As part of this Forum, two of the sessions were presented by HETS Member Institution experts from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and the Ana G. Méndez University System.
Participants from various higher education institutions in Mexico took advantage of different sessions during this event in which HETS has been a collaborator. Among the institutions that were represented at this workshop are: Universidad Anahuac del Sur, National Public Health Institute, University of the Americas-Puebla, Tecnológico de Monterrey- Santa Fe Campus, Virtual University of Liverpool and participants of the Distance Baccalaureate Program of the Mexican Government Federal District.
HETS have been recognized for its commitment to achieve excellence in Higher Education, especially among the Hispanic community. Through this collaborative agreement with Bb, ...
HETS Launches Second Issue of the HETS Online Journal
The Spring edition of the HETS Online Journal includes four peer reviewed articles.
On October 1st, 2010 HETS launched the Inaugural issue of the HETS Online Journal, a peer reviewed electronic publication that will be published twice a year. This time, HETS proudly presents the second issue of this electronic publication, launched on March 24, 2011.
The purpose of the HETS Online Journal is to disseminate the research, findings, use and best practices in online education among those interested in this topic worldwide. Especially, this publication intends to reach professionals interested in the areas of online teaching, learning, and training. The journal essentially publishes 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.
The Spring issue of the HETS Online Journal included a total of four peer reviewed articles. These have been submitted by authors from: the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus, Medgar Evers College, University of Puerto Rico- Cayey Campus with COBIMET and LaGuardia Community College.
Carmen Pacheco, Ed. D (University ...
HETS Announces New Face to Face Sessions for the Advanced Certification: Integración de Nuevas Tecnologías en la Educación Superior.
HETS Advanced workshops will start on April 29st, 2011. Online registration is available.
HETS Professional Development Events (PDEs) have been designed to increase the awareness on the uses and advantages of technology to improve education. HETS Consortuim has opened the new face to face sessions of its Advanced Workshops. The Advanced Certification: Integración de Nuevas Tecnologías en la Educación Superior is a series of four advanced workshops in Spanish. Each workshop will be validated with 6 contact hours, and at the end of these advanced workshop series, participants will get a total of 2.4 continuing education units (CEU). Through these practical workshops, participants are able to enhance their skills in the delivery, implementation, and use of new technologies in their teaching-learning practice and student support experience. For next semester, HETS expect to offer workshops in English version, either online or face to face, for the benefit of Institutions in the United States.
All Advanced Workshops will take place at the CARI Laboratory located inside the Library of the Universidad Metropolitana (Ana ...
HETS Announces New Workshop Sessions for its Basic Certification, Now Completely Online!
Online registration is available for the new workshop sessions during this semester
The HETS consortium has just opened the new sessions completely online of the HETS Basic Certification: Integración de nuevas tecnologías en la Educación Superior. Each workshop will be validated with 12 contact hours, and at the end of the 4 workshop series, participants will get a total of 4.8 continuing education credits. Participants will have 4 weeks to complete the activities as required, giving them enough time to learn at their pace and convenience. These workshops will be offered in Moodle or Blackboard online platforms. During these workshops; each participant will have the personalized assistance of specialists, in the respective topics, from some of HETS Member Institutions.
The scheduled dates for the HETS Basic Certification workshops are:
Servicios en Línea para Estudiantes (Student Services Online)
Date: March 7 to April 1, 2011
Avalúo de Cursos y Facultad en Línea (Faculty and Online Course Assessment)
Date: March 21 to April 15, 2011
Creación de un Módulo Educativo en Línea (Creation ...
New in www.hets.org: HETS Annual Reports
HETS Annual Reports are now available on the Member’s Only Menu
The Hispanic Education Technology Services (HETS) Consortium is delighted to share the recently added Annual Report section in its www.hets.org webpage. These reports can be accessed by clicking the Member’s Only menu, under Publications then Annual Reports.
In 2009-2010 publication, you will find the major achievements and developments of the organization, our directory of HETS members and the summary of the outstanding projects offered during this academic year. For your convenience, past Annual Reports 2008-2009 and 2007-2008 publications has been also added to this section with PDF downloadable and Flash versions of each one.
HETS is the first bilingual distance learning consortium in the United States, including Puerto Rico, with growing interest in academic collaboration initiatives among our member institutions to better serve our Hispanic community.
To learn more about HETS services, who are our members and how to become a member, we invite you to visit the Membership section.
HETS Welcomes New Member Institution EDP College during its 2011 Winter Board Meeting From left to right: Manuel J. Fernós, Esq., HETS Secretary, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico; Dr. José J. Rivera, HETS Treasurer, President of the University of the Sacred Heart; Eng. Gladys T. Nieves, President of EDP College; Dr. Eduardo Martí, HETS Chairman, Vice Chancellor of the City University of New York; and Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director.
The HETS Board of Directors officially welcomed EDP College as its newest institutional member during its January 2011 Board Meeting, celebrated at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, PR. As part of the activities scheduled in the agenda, EDP College’s President, Eng. Gladys T. Nieves, received a Certificate of Affiliation from the hands of HETS Chairman, Dr. Eduardo Martí, during a networking reception at Inter American University’s Law School facilities.
EDP College is a postsecondary education institution in Puerto Rico characterized by a technological and socio-humanistic focus. With campuses in the municipalities of San Juan and San Sebastian, EDP is also recognized by a flexible, non-traditional educational design and the innovative use of information technologies both ...
HETS 2011 Winter Board Meeting Sets 2011-2014 Focus The HETS January Board of Directors Meeting was successfully held at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, PR on January 13 and 14.
Besides allowing the discussion of the key accomplishments of the organization during the first semester of the 2010-2011 year, this meeting was crucial in setting the focus for the direction of the organization from 2011 through 2014.
The next three years will continue to be essential in the continuous growth and development of the HETS Consortium and the capacity-building of its member institutions. After the evaluation and discussion of not only possibilities, but also current needs and future challenges, the Board decided to continue pursuing the accomplishment of the Consortium’s mission through three core areas of focus: access to postsecondary opportunities for Hispanics, retention of the Hispanic learner, and assessment of learning strategies for Hispanic Students. Representatives of 17 out of 29 member institutions present at the meeting agreed on the key role of the Boards Finance and Planning Committee, established during the past summer meeting, in guiding and supporting the development of specific objectives and ...
HETS Mission Reinforced by its First Major Corporate Partners HETS is pleased to announce that Ramona Munsell and Associates, Inc. (RMA), Blackboard Corporation (Bb) and Knowlity Corporation (KC) have become the first ever Major Corporate Partners, a commitment that extends throughout a three-year period, beginning late 2010. Major Corporate Partner is the highest category of the HETS Corporate Partnership Program, an initiative created to gather the support of organizations interested in endorsing and promoting the advancement of Hispanic higher education through technology innovations and educational technology opportunities.
RMA’s, Bb’s and KC’s contributions will support the expansion of new programs and services for HETS member institutions, including professional development events, special educational workshops, the HETS Online Journal, and online tools, among others. They will also share news and resources with HETS members through the HETS Connection, other publications, and events. HETS Major Corporate Partners are carefully selected by the members of the Board of Directors as organizations that may collaborate and provide assertive services to colleges and universities that serve Hispanic students in Puerto Rico, United States, and Latin America.
HETS has added a new section in its ...
HETS Channel in YouTube
HETS Consortium welcomes you to its channel in YouTube. You will find excerpts from the recent HETS Online Journal Webinar and photo Galleries of activities sponsored by HETS and its members. Video clips of news and events of HETS member institutions and partners are also highlighted. The Consortium seeks to use this Channel as a vehicle of communication and sharing of recent events related to its mission. We have already subscribed to thirteen Channels of our member institutions. Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, states that “this is another example where technology can especially transform service delivery styles and open the doors to a larger spectrum of audiences. This medium fosters the expansion of a web of services and strengthens our capabilities to collaborate with one another in a world where it is increasingly necessary to create economies of scales in order to expand the possibilities of local learners and global learners.”
We encourage our members who have a YouTube Channel to contribute by subscribing to our Channel and linking HETS TV Channel to your websites. Feel free to visit us at ...
HETS Appoints New Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator As you may know, during the past months, the HETS Office has been in search for a new Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator to continue our work towards the goals of the Consortium. Last September 20, 2010, after striving to identify the most adept candidate, HETS hired Ms. Yelixa M. Castro-Cruz, MBA as the new Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator.
As you may know, during the past months, the HETS Office has been in search for a new Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator to continue our work towards the goals of the Consortium. Last September 20, 2010, after striving to identify the most adept candidate, HETS hired Ms. Yelixa M. Castro-Cruz, MBA as the new Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator.
Ms. Castro-Cruz earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. She also holds a BBA in Marketing Management, with a minor in Public Communication from the University of Puerto Rico. For the past eight years, Yelixa Castro worked as Product Planner and Marketing Specialist in the Automotive Industry. She has ...
New Year, New Board Officers for HETS after 2010 Summer Meeting
This summer’s HETS Board Meeting celebrated not only the end of one exciting and successful year, but also the closing of a three-year strategic plan term that brought many growth and development opportunities for the HETS Consortium. This Board meeting also gave place to the election of the HETS Board Officers for the next two years, which includes Dr. Eduardo Martí as the new Chairman of the Board. Also part of the new Executive Committee are Dr. José F. Méndez, elected Vice-Chair; Dr. José Jaime Rivera, elected Treasurer; Professor Nilda Nadal, reelected as Secretary for a second term; and Dr. Wendy Lawrence and Dr. Ivonne Chirino, both elected as regional representatives.
In June 2010, HETS ended its three-year strategic plan period. During the meeting, the Board discussed HETS’s achievements during the past three years, and explored a series of key priorities for the years to come. Throughout the past three years, the organization reached impressive levels of self-sustainability and recognition. These years were also characterized by high involvement from Board members, faculty, staff, and other constituencies from member institutions. HETS’s ...
More than 25 Higher Education Institutions Gathered in HETS Technology Conference
Last January 14 and 15, 2010, the Hispanic Educational Technology Services Consortium (HETS) celebrated its First Annual Best Practices Showcase: Celebrating Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education at the recently inaugurated Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in Miramar. “This is the first time the HETS Consortium gathers its 30 higher education member institutions to share their innovative initiatives and best practices in the integration of technology and education for the benefit of the academic community”, said HETS Executive Director Yubelkys Montalvo.
Through more than 30 conferences by faculty and administrators from its member institutions, HETS celebrated the innovative use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and student support strategies in postsecondary education. Topics included new classroom technologies, innovative learning support tools, collaboration tools, and the integration of social networks to the learning process, among others.
The event opened with an expert panel discussion with representatives from member institutions, including René Sainz, from the University of Texas at Brownsville; Ivonne Chirino, from Walden University; Juan Meléndez, from the University of Puerto Rico; and Judith García, from Miami Dade College. Overall, ...
HETS Celebrates 15 Years of Technology Initiatives in Higher Education
On January 15, 2009, more than 20 college presidents from Puerto Rico and the United States gathered at the Ana G. Mendez University System’s Universidad del Este to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS), the first bilingual consortium of colleges and universities that serves the needs of Hispanic higher education through the promotion of technology innovation. These leaders got together, as well, with outstanding corporate representatives and entrepreneurs supportive of the strategic vision of their institutions to show their interest in collaborating to improve the opportunities of Hispanic college students through the integration of technology initiatives into educational practices and support services.
“This was a very significant occasion for the colleges and universities that have found in this organization a space to propose, promote, and develop technology alternatives to satisfy the needs of their institutions, students, faculty, and personnel”, expressed Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director. As she added, “this celebration had further significance for the group of institutions and institutional Presidents who pioneered this project 15 years ago with the vision of collaboratively ...
January 2009 Board Meeting in San Juan
This past January 15 and 16, 2009, HETS had a very successful Board Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with an exceptional attendance and active participation of 21 out of 27 institutional members. This meeting closed the first semester of the academic year 2008-2009, a very exciting year for the organization and its members, as it commemorated HETS’s 15th Anniversary.
Main topics discussed during the meeting included: a report on activities performed by the HETS Regional Office in New York, as well as on Professional Development Events and other Special Events held this past semester; the status of the organizations and the various strategies performed to sustain the organization and serve its members; a detailed reports on the results of the work of HETS’s three strategic task forces; steps for the development of a HETS editorial publication; a review of the accomplishments and implementation status of the HETS Strategic Plan, as well as its organizational performance; and several other potential projects to be developed in order to foster the growth of the organization and provide members with access ...
Summer 08 Board Meeting Confirms New Big Projects Envisioned for HETS HETS June 2008 Board Meeting went far beyond a review of the recently concluded academic year and look at next steps. This active meeting, held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York on June 19 and 20, gave an overview of the new ventures that HETS will be taking on this year.
HETS June 2008 Board Meeting went far beyond a review of the recently concluded academic year and look at next steps. This active meeting, held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York last June 19 and 20, gave an overview of the new ventures that HETS will be taking on this year. With the participation of 19 Board members and Board designated representatives, corporate member organizations, and other key institutional representatives, this summer’s Board meeting was a manifestation of the essence of this Consortium: an interactive space to envision new developments and propose new ways of advancing members’ missions toward student success.
Some of the most significant results of this meeting were the official approval and designation of a HETS Regional office in ...