The HETS Connection
Volume : 2 - Issue : 2 - MARCH 2006

HETS as a Professional Development Promoter

Once again, HETS demonstrates its leadership in looking for educational and growth opportunities in the Distance Learning field. 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. HETS Professional Development Events are an important means of serving its members and discovering opportunities for future collaboration, as well as the creation of initiatives within and among our member institutions.

Through Professional Development Events (PDEs), HETS looks forward to assisting its members and individuals outside its member institutions acquire the necessary knowledge to cope with the challenges and opportunities of Distance Learning and Educational Technology. Even though these events are open to the general educational community, HETS members can obtain the best out of them at very special rates and offers.

The following is a summary of the Professional Development Events (PDEs) that took place during the past weeks. For more information on future events, see the Upcoming Events section at the end of The HETS Connection and visit regularly our News and Events section at www.hets.org.

Modelos Educativos: Análisis y Discusión Práctica de los Cimientos Académicos
(Educational Models: Analysis and Practical Discussion of Academic Foundations)
February 17, 2006
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

This was the first HETS PDE of 2006. Designed for people interested in deepening their understanding on educational models for Distance Education, this event was created and conducted by Dr. Antonio de las Casas, Associate Vice President for Distance Learning and Technology Development of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. A total of 54 participants, including faculty members, academic deans, program directors, and distance education administrators, among others, participated in the activity. Besides receiving academic leaders and faculty from five member institutions and other non-member colleges, it is important to stress the fact that this type of educational event got the attention of faculty members from secondary schools in Puerto Rico, as well.

Participants had the opportunity to acquire significant information and knowledge from the expert, practice through several interactive exercises, and engage in group discussions. Subjects covered included: basic criteria considered in an educational model, the educational model instruments, evaluation as an instrument, and contrasts among several educational models.

 


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