Background

Along its history, this organization has taken advantage of the rapid proliferation of technology and the expansion of the Internet to support colleges and universities in creating and improving educational opportunities for Hispanic students. As the Latino population in the United States continued to grow in number and importance, information technologies became a strategic path for HETS to widen the higher education and training opportunities for a greater number of non-traditional students.  In this sense, one of the most outstanding achievements of the organization was being awarded a $2 Million LAAP grant from the US Department of Education in 1999 for the development of an online network of support services aimed at helping students and faculty of bridge the digital divide.  With this award, during the next five years, HETS developed several online projects. Chief among these initiatives is the HETS Virtual Learning and Support Plaza, a bilingual interactive virtual community for learning, support, and collaboration, for students, faculty, and professional mentors.
 
HETS’ leadership in furthering academic advancement and providing other educational support services stands on its membership. The diversity of members multiplies the potential for collaboration and contributions in providing Hispanics with alternative services, through technology, which can improve Hispanic students” odds for succeeding in college. At present, more than 20 affiliated colleges and universities constitute HETS. Corporate members from the United States, Puerto Rico, and Latin America, nonprofit organizations related to technology and education, and individuals have joined this vast and varied group of institutions, as well. Furthermore, HETS recently opened its doors to high school institutions interested in taking advantage of technology in guiding their students successfully towards a university career.
 
The Consortium looks into a future of innovation, effective relations, knowledge building, and both inter-institutional and intersectoral collaboration for the success of Hispanic post-secondary education. In the upcoming years, the HETS Consortium will keep its focus on facilitating the use of technology to overcome learners’ barriers to college success and completion and opening new possibilities for the growth of education itself. Options are also being facilitated for other organizations and institutions that wish to accomplish their goals towards education, collaboration, and internationalization through the Consortium’s resources and networks. Strategic partnerships will open new opportunities for the development of innovative initiatives among members, as well as new benefits for the learner.

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NEXT EVENTS

  • HETS Board Meeting

    July 12 -13, 2018

    By invitation only
    Bronx Community College, CUNY
    Bronx, NY

  • Distance Learning Key Contacts Event

    July 12, 2018

    By invitation only
    Bronx Community College, CUNY
    Bronx, NY

  • HETS 25th Anniversary Lunch

    July 12, 2018

    By invitation only
    Bronx Community College
    Bronx, New York

  • HETS Student Leadership Showcase

    14 de septiembre de 2018

    Lugar: Teatro del Recinto Metropolitano, UIPR
    Hora: 8:00 am -4:00 pm

  • Taller en Línea: Mejores Prácticas en Trabajos Colaborativos en el Aprendizaje en Línea: Foros de Discusión y Trabajos en Equipos Virtuales

    17 de septiembre -12 de octubre de 2018

    Recurso: Dr. Antonio De las Casas, UIPR
    Plataforma: Blackboard 9.1
    Duración: 17 de septiembre -12 de octubre de 2018

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  • Taller en Línea: Competencias Digitales e Informacionales con los Nativos Digitales

    22 de octubre - 16 de noviembre de 2018 (TBC)

    Recurso: Prof. Purísima Centeno, UPR
    Plataforma: Blackboard 9.1
    Duración: 22 de octubre – 16 de noviembre de 2018 (TBC)

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  • Taller en Línea: Nuevos Medios Digitales

    11 de febrero - 8 de marzo de 2019

    Recurso: Dr. Antonio Vantaggiato, USC
    Plataforma: TBC
    Duración: 11 de febrero – 8 de marzo de 2019

  • Taller en Línea: Mejores Prácticas para la Retención en Línea

    18 de marzo - 12 de abril de 2019

    Recurso: Dra. Ana Milena Lucumi, NUC
    Plataforma: Blackboard 9.1
    Duración: 18 de marzo – 12 de abril de 2019

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  • Evento: Conoce a Nuestros Recursos Expertos

    7 de septiembre de 2018

    Fecha: 7 de septiembre de 2018
    Hora: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Lugar: TBC

  • Taller Presencial: Blended Learning: Una forma diferente y única de enseñanza.

    19 de octubre de 2018

    Recurso: Prof. Iliana Ballester, USC
    Fecha: 19 de octubre de 2018
    Hora: 9:00 am -12:00 pm
    Lugar: Salones Multiusos, Oficina Central UIPR

  • Taller Presencial: Metodología... Estudios de casos, aprendizaje basado en: problemas, cooperativo, con proyector, etc.

    Recurso: Prof. Antonio Delgado, UPR
    Fecha: TBC
    Hora: TBC
    Lugar: TBC

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