Research topics for Administrators

Research papers, video clips with resourceful leaders, and results of new approaches to becoming a better faculty member or administrator are listed in the Research section of the Administrators section in HETS Virtualplaza.

An interesting resource listed is the Educational Policy Institute which provides an international context on education policy, but has a section of publications that include topics related to Hispanic students. Also, the JISC InfoNet: Good Practice and Innovation – JISC infoNet aims to be the UK’s leading advisory service for managers in the post-compulsory education sector promoting the effective strategic planning, implementation and management of information and learning technology.  Its’ primary resources are online infoKits, which promote the effective strategic planning and management of information and learning technology within institutions. The infoKits contain a wealth of ‘self-help’ material, such as simple methodologies to manage projects, risk and change, as well as landscape views of the sector to encourage creativity, from image galleries of inspiring buildings to soundbites from learners engaged with e-portfolios. They also include a range of case studies that give wide exposure to practice that has been applied in the further and higher education sectors.

We invite you to explore and recommend sites, papers or other resources you believe will strengthen administrators skills as academic leaders.

HETS Virtual Plaza for Academic Administrators

The Hispanic educational Technology Services Consortium is an international organization with Hispanic Serving Institutions from the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Honduras as members. HETS  seeks to assist academic adninistrators in better understanding the impact of technology in education.  Research papers, video clips with resourceful leaders, and results of new approaches to becoming a better faculty member or administrator are available at the Virtual Plaza. If you want to know – What Academic Administrators Should Know to Attract Senior Level Faculty Members to Online Learning Environments, Best Practices for Administrative Evaluation of Online Faculty or A Review of Paradigms for Evaluating the Quality of Online Education Programs. Let us know if you have one you would like to share. Contact us at

Professional Development for Faculty: Traditional Courses

Seeking to keep traditional classroom faculty up-to=date we have a section with a few resources for you.  Go to Traditional Courses and Resources at JJay Cunyreview the material.

One of our member institutions share its Faculty e-Resources with tools and resources for teaching non-native English speakers. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education (Title V) and the New York State Education Department (Perkins III). For more information about the E-Resource Center, contact Christopher Davis, the Managing Editor, at

Resources for Faculty and Administrators

HETS is aware that faculty and administrators need a site where information of their role as leaders can keep them up-to-date in new trends.  Professional organizations and Associations that deal with these skills are available, and we have a few listed in the section Professional Organizations and Associations. Explore these resources and suggest others that we could add.

Defining Distance Education

Because distance education is perceived as an increasingly effective method of instruction, educational researchers have examined the purposes and situations for which distance education is best suited. Frequently asked questions cluster in five areas:

  • Is technology-assisted, distant teaching as effective as traditional face-to-face teaching?
  •  What factors determine the most effective mix of technology in a given distant teaching situation?
  • What are the characteristics of effective distant students and teachers?
  • How important is teacher-student and student-student interaction in the distance education process and in what form(s) can this interaction most effectively take place?
  • What cost factors should be considered when planning or implementing distance education programs and how are those costs offset by benefits to the learner?

HETS provides faculty a place to start reading about the pros and cons of Distance Education. We invite you as an educator to review these resources at Defining Distance Education. Reflect on the readings and provide us with your feedback.  If you find a worthwhile resource, let us know at

Professional Development (Part 1)

Professional development is an important activity for faculty. In some cases, lack of time and incentives becomes an issue when searching for sites that provide proper help.  HETS offers resources that aim to help faculty members and administrators overcome this obstacle. Various sections have been created to meet different aspects of the skills faculty and administrators may need to keep up-to-date with basic and advanced skills to assist Hispanic students to meet their academic and professional goals.

We start this series of articles mentioning the Modules & Learning Objects section. This section provides modules in English and Spanish where topics, such as, Primer for Teaching Online, where an overall view of developing a web-based course, whether it be migrating a current course or whether it is the development of a new course for web-based delivery is explained. The Time Management Strategies for Online Courses module reviews studies that have shown that it can take anywhere from one-and-a-half to two times as long to administer an online course as it does a traditional campus-based course. But how is this possible?  Cheating in the  Online Classroom is a module that covers some of the more common ways that students cheat in an online course and what faculty can do to combat these tactics.

In Spanish the modules include “Creación de Comunidades Virtuales”  and a hot topic on “Criterios de Calidad para la enseñanza en Línea“.

Visit the Modules and Learning Objects section and share your experiences with other faculty members from our member institutions!

Professional Development for Administrators

In the Virtual Plaza academic administrators will find a section with organizations and associations listed that represent a vast range of professional groups for administrators in various disciplines. However, the emphasis will be towards those that incorporate the use of technology to meet the goals of administrators or faculty that teach and hold an administrative position and  require the acquisition of technology skills or technology knowledge. New resources are constantly added, so come visit us frequently.  If you know of a resource you feel can help your peer, feels free to send us (  the information to add it to our list.

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