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  • HETS Joins the Ana G. Méndez University Family Tuesday 12th of December 2006 HETS Joins the Ana G. Méndez University Family During the month of November, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System joined the family of the Ana G. Méndez University System, as the institution officially became the new host institution of the Consortium for the next years to come. After being elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, José F. Méndez, President of such institution, together with the members of the Board, proposed moving the headquarters of the HETS Consortium to the AGMUS’s facilities, particularly within the institution’s Center for Distance Education and Telecommunications (CETED, by its Spanish acronym). This change comes in a moment of significant growth for the Consortium itself, since it is developing now and will be implementing next semester its new strategic plan. The 55-year history of the Ana G. Méndez University System has resulted in the testimony of constant innovation, growth, and transformation for the education of the student population in Puerto Rico and beyond, especially those lifelong learning adults that continuously look for improved opportunities. It has won its place in the ...
  • Crowded HETS Board Meeting Looks at Changes and Future Possibilities Crowded HETS Board Meeting Looks at Changes and Future Possibilities
  • Primer Encuentro de Presidentes: Creando Economias de Escala para la Integracion de Nuevas Tecnologias en la Educacion Friday 12th of May 2006 Primer Encuentro de Presidentes: Creando Economias de Escala para la Integracion de Nuevas Tecnologias en la Educacion En la foto: Presidentes y representantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS en Puerto Rico junto a los oradores principales del Primer Encuentro de Presidentes. Agradecemos a todos los presidentes universitarios, directores de colegios privados, ejecutivos de la empresa privada y directores de organizaciones profesionales y sin fines de lucro, que dijeron presente en el Primer Encuentro de Presidentes, celebrado el pasado 10 de mayo de 2006 en San Juan, PR. El eje de este encuentro, que llevaba por tema ?Creando economías de escala para la integración de las nuevas tecnologías en la educación?, fue la exhortación a generar estrategias viables para lograr un sector académico de competencia mundial a través de la tecnología, en un escenario de retos económicos a nivel local, nacional y mundial. Así lo expresaron en sus mensajes el Lcdo. Manuel J. Fernós, presidente de la Universidad Interamericana y de la Junta de Directores del Consorcio HETS, y el Dr. José Jaime Rivera, presidente de la ...
  • HETS Creates Initiatives to Promote the Continuing Development of Its Memberse Friday 07th of April 2006 HETS Creates Initiatives to Promote the Continuing Development of Its Memberse In a continuous effort to promote the on going professional development of its members and foster increasing opportunities for distance learning in higher education, HETS has been focusing its priorities in creating distinctive professional development events tailored to the educational needs of today?s higher education institutions. Once again, HETS demonstrates its leadership in looking for educational and growth opportunities in the Distance Learning field, As an organization dedicated to promoting the use of telecommunications and distance learning as means to facilitate higher education and support the success of Hispanic learners in distance education, HETS has acknowledged the importance of creating different tools to improve faculty and academic leaders performance in these areas. In order for distance learning and educational telecommunications to be effective, faculty and administrators need to be in complete knowledge and control, understand its significance, and be able to integrate their expertise with the specification of this modality. Through Professional Development Events, the Consortium assists its members and individuals outside its member institutions acquire ...
  • Board Appoints New Executive Director to Take on the HETS Future Friday 20th of January 2006 Board Appoints New Executive Director to Take on the HETS Future After discussing the most relevant issues for the first semester of 2006, during its January meeting, the HETS Board of Directors appointed a new Executive Director to lead the organization in its next steps, which will be a key to the future, success, and sustainability of the organization. The new Director of the Consortium, Mrs. Yubelkys Montalvo, will take on the challenge to guide the organization towards a self-sustainability model and continue the implementation of targeted services and programs for all members and the educational community, in general. Following her contribution to the organization as the Executive Assistant to the Director and Public Relations Specialist for seven years, Mrs. Montalvo served as the Interim Director for a five-month term. As an expert in member relations, project management, administration, communications, and event coordination, the recently appointed Executive Director is expected to take on the new opportunities and challenges awaiting HETS throughout the next years. As resulted from this past January 12 and 13 HETS Board Meeting, held ...
  • HETS Reaches New Potential Audiences through First Hispanic Virtual Congress Wednesday 23rd of November 2005 HETS Reaches New Potential Audiences through First Hispanic Virtual Congress HETS has just made a breakthrough in the Hispanic online learning industry, bringing to a large audience the opportunity to learn, share, and discuss experiences, best practices, and lessons learned in Hispanic-focused online education through the First Hispanic Virtual Congress. The Hispanic Virtual Congress gave HETS an extraordinary chance of gathering the knowledge and experiences of people from the United States, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, and Dominican Republic, among others. “This initiative has opened new doors to the larger community of Latin America, where innovative online learning initiatives are constantly transforming and improving educational perspectives”, said Manuel Fernós, Chairman of the HETS Board of Directors. As of October 31, 2005, the virtual event’s closing date, nearly 700 people had registered at the Virtual Congress. A total of 30 presentations, most of them in the area of Online Teaching and Learning, where selected among a diversity of presentations submitted. Other outstanding presentations focused on Quality and Assessment, Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies, Support Services for the Distant/Online ...
  • A Semester Full of Changes for HETS Sunday 23rd of October 2005 A Semester Full of Changes for HETS The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System has undergone several important changes through this semester, starting with the departing of its seven year-long Executive Director, Dr. Nitza Hernández. Dr. Hernández decided to take on a new professional challenge, accepting a new position as Director of the Graduate School of Sciences and Technology at the University of Puerto Rico. Her expertise with HETS has led her to a position in which she will be able to keep impacting Puerto Rican graduate students. For more information, access http://egcti.upr.edu/noticias_egcti/noticias.html   In order to keep on track with all the Consortium’s priorities for this semester, the HETS Executive Committee designated Yubelkys Montalvo as the Interim Executive Director. Mrs. Montalvo had been performing as the HETS Executive Assistant and Public Relations Specialist for seven years, demonstrating to be a leader in member relations, project management, event coordination, administration, and communications. Strategically well-prepared, Montalvo not only has followed up thoroughly on all pending projects, but has also taken on new opportunities of great benefit to the Consortium and its ...
  • President of the IAUPR re-elected as HETS Board Chair in Decisive Board Meeting Tuesday 12th of July 2005 President of the IAUPR re-elected as HETS Board Chair in Decisive Board Meeting Manuel J. Fernós, president of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, was re-elected for one more year, as Board Chair of the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS), during the June 2005 Board Meeting hosted by the University of Texas at Brownsville on June 21st and 22nd. This meeting also place gave to a set of important decisions for the continuation and sustainability of the HETS Consortium, including important strategic directions that will certainly be of a great benefit and advancement for its member institutions. Board officials and representatives from members in California, New York, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Colombia attended this meeting and contributed with their expertise to decisions made on the future of HETS. This Board Meeting was the first after the closeout of the Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnership (LAAP) project, a US Department of Education grant that helped HETS develop some of its most important and challenging programs and services, including the emblematic Virtual Learning and Support Plaza, a ...
  • First Hispanic Virtual Congress to Convene Online in October, Featuring Latest Education Technology Tuesday 07th of June 2005 First Hispanic Virtual Congress to Convene Online in October, Featuring Latest Education Technology SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Higher education and technology leaders from throughout the world will convene the 1st Hispanic Virtual Congress, “Blending Technology, Cultural Diversity and Distance Learning for Hispanic Higher Education,” October 19-31, 2005. ” For the first time, the leadership of colleges and universities throughout the Spanish-speaking world will have an opportunity to meet simultaneously with information technology leaders and innovators in a live, bilingual setting to address Hispanic higher education needs,” said Nitza Hernández, Executive Director of the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) and a Hispanic Virtual Congress organizer. ” This forum will provide an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the best expertise and latest research on emerging education technologies, which can prove a powerful catalyst to help bring higher education success to every diverse learning community,” Hernández said. ” Together, we can overcome traditional barriers of time, income, language and geography through the wide reach of the Internet with technology-driven initiatives that also embrace cultural diversity.” To maximize attendance, registration ...
  • HETS Encourages Development of Online Student Support Services Monday 11th of April 2005 HETS Encourages Development of Online Student Support Services SAN JUAN, PR – As part of its efforts to train faculty and administrators at member institutions to better serve the Hispanic student community, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) hosted a two-day workshop on Best Practices in Online Student Support Services. This innovative workshop, facilitated by the Assistant Director of the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET), Pat Shea, brought together more than 70 college administrators from HETS institutional members in Puerto Rico, New York, Florida, and New Jersey. The workshop took place last March 17 and 18, 2005 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Central Office of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and the University of the Sacred Heart. Workshop attendees included a diverse group of deans of academic affairs, deans of student affairs, distance education directors, librarians, academic advisors, counselors, IT administrators, admissions administrators, registrars, and financial aid officers. The first day of the workshop focused on the exploration of existing institutional services and best practices. Here, participants got the chance to learn, ...
  • Exhibit on Latino Achievement Opens at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Friday 08th of April 2005 Exhibit on Latino Achievement Opens at Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Universidad del Sagrado Corazon April 7, 2005 Cultural antrophologist Ricardo Alegría, Puerto Rican historian Teodoro Vidal, plastic artist Pepón Osorio, physician Antonia Novello and artist Chita Rivera are five Puertorricans among the distinguished latinos like Ellen Ochoa, Rebecca Lobo and labor leader Dolores Huerta, included in the photographic exhibition “Nuestros Caminos/Nuestras Historias: Retratos del Logro Latino” that will open April 7, and continues through June 25, in Sala de las Artes at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón.   “Nuestros Caminos/Nuestras Historias: Retratos del Logro Latino” presents narratives of 25 individuals and one extended family that tell a much larger story about the influences—from family members to public figures-that made them who they are today. The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives and organized like itinerant by the Servicio de Exposiciones Itinerantes de Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund. “This exhibition is an anthology of compelling biographical portraits that evoke the depth and breadth ...
  • HETS Promotes Growth and Quality of Online Learning through Series of Events Monday 14th of February 2005 HETS Promotes Growth and Quality of Online Learning through Series of Events The Hispanic Educational Telecommunication System (HETS) has been actively involved in creating and delivering a series of conferences and workshops to encourage the growth and quality of online learning and online student support among higher education institutions from both US and Puerto Rico. During the past two months, two conferences on Quality Indicators in the Production of Virtual Courses and Working with Student Diversity in Online Instruction, both delivered in Spanish, have benefited faculty, administrators, and student support staff from institutions in Puerto Rico. “These conferences are a very important part of the Consortium’s newest efforts to impact its member institutions, help improve online learning practices, and get closer to higher education institutions in Puerto Rico, where HETS is currently headquartered”, said Dr. Nitza Hernández, HETS Executive Director. Last January, concurrently with the meeting of its Board of Directors, HETS sponsored a conference on quality indicators in the production of virtual courses (Diseño e Indicadores de Calidad en la Producción de Cursos Virtuales), focused particularly ...
  • Board Members Explore Future Directions for HETS Monday 14th of February 2005 Board Members Explore Future Directions for HETS Last January 13 and 14, HETS convened a Board of Directors meeting with representatives from fifteen member institutions in California, Colombia, Florida, New Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas. As in previous occasions, this January Board Meeting took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Central Office of the Inter American University and at the Metropolitan University. The meeting gave space to the introduction of a new HETS member institution, major discussions on the Consortium’s future, and the exploration of new paths towards the strengthening and sustainability of the organization. The use of a new strategy to help the Consortium achieve its mission, while meeting its member institutions’ needs, made this Board Meeting different from the others. Board Members divided up in three discussion groups to explore the possibilities of institutions collaborating together in other HETS projects, strategies to help achieve the sustainability of the Consortium, and possible areas in which their institutions would like to see themselves involved, among other issues. During discussions related to the value ...
  • HETS Receives Award for its Innovative Use of Technology Tuesday 01st of February 2005 HETS Receives Award for its Innovative Use of Technology Last September 2004, the TechFoundation granted to the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) a $2,500 cash award for its demonstrated commitment to the innovative use of technology in fulfilling its mission. TechGrant is a grant program that provides nonprofit organizations with access to capital to help meet their technology needs. This program focuses directly on funding critical technology needs, while using its electronic newsletter to publicize innovative ways to find capital. After submitting a Case Study on how the consortium had used technology to serve the needs of its constituencies, HETS was chosen as a finalist, in the international category, out of an exceptional field of candidates. HETS was selected, with another outstanding group of five mainland organizations, among a total of 600 nominations from community leaders, nonprofit executives, and other interested individuals. HETS”s Case Study highlighted its main projects aimed to help Hispanic college students bridge the digital divide and increase their levels of educational attainment. Through its projects and programs, HETS developed an online community that ...
  • HETS Receives a Special Award from NASA Monday 24th of January 2005 HETS Receives a Special Award from NASA On September, 2004, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) honored the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) with the Group Achievement Award for its participation in the NASA Learning through Interactive Videoconferencing Experiences (LIVE) Program. This initiative, part of an alliance between NASA and HETS, uses videoconferencing to connect NASA’s researchers with Hispanic students attending colleges and universities affiliated with the Consortium. Thus, the investigators can share their scientific and engineering experiences and expertise. One of the most successful videoconferences, coordinated by HETS and the NASA LIVE Program, was the one offered by Dr. Orlando Figueroa, Director of the Mars Exploration Program Office, on October 31st, 2002. The videoconference of this Puerto Rican scientific was transmitted simultaneously to a large group of students from the University of Puerto Rico at the Mayaguez Campus (his alma mater) and Bayamóm Campus. At this moment, the HETS staff is in conversations with the Director of the NASA LIVE Program to explore the possibility of producing series of educational videoconferences to be transmitted to ...

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