Dr. Rolando J. Méndez

I am a multilingual communications professional, educator, and leader in the higher education and nonprofit sectors, interested in actively contributing to the enrichment of theory, practice, and leadership. For the past seven years I have been involved in online learning in various roles. I am co-creator and former coordinator of the Ponce Campus Center for Innovation and Creativity in Education (CICE), which is responsible for the design and revision of online courses, the creation of multimedia learning objects, and online faculty development. Before that, I led the campus’ academic department for online learning for five years. As department chair I was widely involved in governance processes such as budgeting, strategic planning, policy, compliance, accreditation, faculty recruitment, selection, supervision and development, course programming, curricular development, instructional design, marketing, and student enrollment, advising, retention and success. I was also able to implement pilot projects related to embedded librarianship, transdisciplinary team-teaching, communities of practice, internationalization, and faculty intrapreneurship. Finally, I have been an online instructor and designer of Management, Marketing, and Sales courses. I have actively contributed to the development of distance learning in Puerto Rico through my participation and involvement in local events, initiatives, and associations.

Contact information:
E-mail: rmendez@ponce.inter.edu



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HACU and HETS to partner on special edition online journal focused on Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

(Left) HACU President Antonio R. Flores and (Right) Agnes Mojica, Chancellor, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán present Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Lic. Manuel J. Fernós with a token of appreciation at HACU’s International Conference.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and HETS have announced their collaboration on a special edition of an online journal focused on Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The organizations shared missions to facilitate the success of Hispanic students in higher education will be highlighted through this collaboration.

Manuel J. Fernós, president of Inter American University of Puerto Rico spoke about the partnership during HACU’s 13th International Conference on May 2, 2019, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The special edition of the journal will feature articles authored and reviewed by members of both organizations.

HACU and HETS members are invited to submit articles on best practices (either in English or Spanish) to be considered for publication in this special edition, fall issue of the HETS Online Journal. Click here to download the Call for Articles document with requirements for submission. Articles for this special issue will be accepted through September 13, 2019.

Subject matter experts from both organizations are encouraged to apply to become reviewers for this edition of the journal. Experts on the following topics are needed: integration of technology, online education, retention, assessment, and access to achieve student success. To learn more about the peer review process, visit: HOJ Review Process. To be considered to serve as a reviewer, please submit a letter of recommendation from your dean or vice president validating your expertise, along with a copy of your curriculum vitae to info@hets.org by August 30, 2019.

For additional information about the journal and this special edition, please contact the HETS office at (787) 250-1912, Exts. 2372, 2373 or via email at info@hets.org.

Photo caption: (Left) HACU President Antonio R. Flores and (Right) Agnes Mojica, Chancellor, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán present Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Lic. Manuel J. Fernós with a token of appreciation at HACU’s International Conference.

Prof. Iliana Ballester Panelli

Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Santurce, PR.

Teaching various courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels: Introduction to Mass Media, Advertising Principles, Digital Advertising, Digital Media Planning, Advertising Research, Consumer Behavior, Advertising and Society, International Advertising, The Hispanic Consumer, Advertising Campaigns, Digital Marketing. All courses are taught partially or completely online using Moodle. She has been also Instructor and mentor at the Center for Faculty Development and Educational Technology where she was in charge of training and mentoring faculty members about the design and teaching of online courses. In addition, Ballester has been serving as administrative and research experience at the university, and as President or member of various academic and institutional committees. In the nonprofit sector, has worked with over 50 organizations through the Advertising campaign course.  Professional Adviser of Junior and Senior Students from the Advertising Program. Also coordinate the Internship for students from the Advertising Program.

Email: iliana.ballester@gmail.com
Linkedin: https://pr.linkedin.com/in/ilianaballesterpanelli

Dr. Peter Shea

Dr. Peter Shea is Associate Provost for Online Learning at the University at Albany, SUNY and provides leadership and strategy for online teaching and learning in collaboration with academic, administrative, and support units across the University. Dr. Shea is also a Professor in the UAlbany School of Education with a joint appointment in the Informatics Program in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. His research on technology-mediated teaching and learning in higher education has generated more than 8,000 citations. He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and proceedings on the topic of online learning and co-author of “The Successful Distance Learning Student”.

Dr. Shea is a co-recipient of several national awards including the EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning for the State University of New York, and Sloan Consortium Awards for Excellence in Faculty Development and Asynchronous Learning Networks Programs, and was named a Sloan-C Fellow in 2011.  He is also Editor-in-Chief of OLC’s Online Learning Journal.


Conoce nuestros recursos expertos y como sacar el máximo de sus talleres!

Este evento libre costo, se llevará a cabo el viernes, 6 de septiembre de 2019, en el salón multiusos #3 de la Oficina Central del Sistema UIPR. El objetivo principal de este evento, es  tener la oportunidad de compartir con nuestros recursos expertos, que ofrecerán sus talleres durante el año 2019-2020 y prepararles para completarlo satisfactoriamente. El evento se convalidará como una actividad del taller para los que se registren y lo completen en línea.

¿Cuándo?: viernes, 6 de septiembre de 2019

¿Hora?: 9:30 am- 11:30 am (Registro abierto de 9:00 hasta las 9:30 am)

¿Lugar?: Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Oficina Central del Sistema (Salón Multiusos #3- primer piso), ubicada en la Calle Galileo Final 399, Urb. Jardines Metropolitanos, Río Piedras, PR, 00926. Para obtener instrucciones para llegar, utilizando Google Maps visite el siguiente enlace: https://goo.gl/maps/tdN91EcpRV12. En caso de necesitar asistencia para llegar el día del evento, puede comunicarse al cuadro de la Oficina Central del Sistema al 787-766-1912.

¿Costo?: Completamente gratis


¡REGISTRO libre de costo!
Reserve su espacio para el evento
Conoce nuestros recursos expertos y sus talleres
completando esta forma:

Agenda (sujeta a cambios):

9:00 – 9:30 am    Registro y refrigerios

9:31 – 9:40 am  Saludos, Bienvenida y Presentación de la Consultora de Servicios de Facultad HETS
Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS y Dra. Rosa Ojeda

9:41 – 10:00 am Presentación del taller presencial: Blended Learning: Una forma diferente y única de enseñanza.
Prof. Iliana Ballester

10:01 – 10:20 am Presentación del taller presencial: Nuevos Medios Digitales.
Dr. Antonio Vantaggiato

10:21 – 10:40 am Presentación del taller presencial: Assessment de Programas y Cursos en Línea.
Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez Alicea

10:41- 11:10 am Presentación de los talleres en línea:

Mejores Prácticas para la Retención en Línea: Elementos básicos de un diseño instruccional efectivo.
Dra. Ana Milena Lucumi

Competencias Digitales e Informacionales con los Nativos Digitales.
Prof. Purísima Centeno

11:11 – 11:30 am Sesión de preguntas y respuestas; Evaluación y Clausura de la actividad
Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS



Visite el siguiente enlace: Talleres en línea HETS, para más detalles sobre los requisitos técnicos para tomarlos. Por otra parte si desea conocer más sobre los talleres presenciales visite: Talleres presenciales HETS.  Aun tenemos varios espacios disponibles para registrarse en nuestros talleres y también para participar de este evento libre de costo. Para mas detalles puede comunicarse a nuestra oficina al 787-250-1912 extensiones 2372, 2373 o via email a: info@hets.org.

HETS Special Event at CSU San Marcos

Online Registration for the Special Event:
Best Practices Presentation, “Behind the scenes of the Cougar Care Network”


When: Thursday June 20, 2019
Where: California State University, San Marcos (The McMahan House)
(Live transmission will be also available through Zoom, join us here: https://csusm.zoom.us/j/213465450)
Time: 12:30 PM (PST)/ 1:30 PM (CT)/ 2:30 PM (EST & Puerto Rico)
Cost: Free of Charge!

Join us here: https://csusm.zoom.us/j/213465450


ABOUT THE CSU SAN MARCOS COUGAR CARE NETWORK: This presentation will provide a behind the scenes look at the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Cougar Care Network, which is an early support initiative to improve student success, retention, and persistence. By leveraging technology to collect early alert referrals from campus community members and route them to appropriate support personnel for targeted follow up, the Cougar Care Network serves as a “safety net” to assist students who may be experiencing challenges inside or outside the classroom.


Jason Schreiber
Dean of Students
Deans of Students Office

Jason Schreiber joined CSUSM in 2014. In his current role as Dean of Students, he oversees the areas of Residential Education, Civility, Co-Curricular Model, Orientation & New Student Programs, Student Conduct, CARE, and Tukwut Life. Prior to being Dean of Students, Jason was the Director of Student Life & Leadership. He has worked in higher education for over 20 years with a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Norbert College, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Marian University, and is in his last year of his doctorate at SDSU. Jason also serves on the CSUSM Corporation Board.

Jennie Ruiz
Associate Dean of Students
Deans of Students Office

 Jennie Ruiz has worked at CSUSM since 2006 and served in her current position as Associate Dean of Students since 2013. In this role, Jennie provides oversight of the Cougar Care Network, CSUSM’s Early Support Initiative, and the area of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. In her time at CSUSM, Jennie has worked in a variety of functional areas including Orientation and New Student Programs, Multicultural Programs, Residential Education, and Student Life. Jennie has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Sonoma State University and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of San Diego

NOTE: For those attending from outside San Marcos, a special  group rate of $199 per night on Wednesday and Thursday night, and $239 any additional nights, at the Lake House Hotel & Resort is available. Please contact the HETS office (787-250-1912 exts. 2372, 2373 or via email: info@hets.org) at your earliest convenience for more information and to reserve your room. The closest airport to flight in is San Diego (SAN), CA.

Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez Alicea

College of Education
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

Dr. Meléndez Alicea has more than three decades of experience in the field of distance education. He published his first article on the subject in 1990, and a book in 1999. In 2014, he was awarded by Universia for creating and facilitating the best MOOC in Latin America. He has presented on the topic of distance education in more than 15 countries. He was PI of the study of the theory and practice of distance education in Puerto Rico for the State Department in 2016. This study is ongoing.

Dr. Meléndez has post doctoral studies on distance education evaluation. He is an active member of the Puerto Rican Evaluation Society and author of several articles and book chapters on the subject of evaluation in distance education. He currently facilitates distance learning courses for the Department of Graduate Studies, at the College of Education, of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

Contact info:
Email: juan.melendez16@upr.edu
Portal: jjmelendez.net

Prof. Antonio L. Delgado Pérez, MA. Ed.

Coordinador, Educación a Distancia
Diseñador Instruccional, Proyecto Titulo V

Antonio L. Delgado Pérez, posee un bachillerato en Telecomunicación (Especialidad en Producción para la Radio y TV) y un máster en Sistemas de Instrucción y Tecnología Educativa (Especialidad en Uso Educativo de la Computadora y Diseño Instruccional) de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (USC).

Actualmente labora como Coordinador del Proyecto de Educación a Distancia y Diseñador Instruccional del Proyecto Título V en la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo (UPRA). También ofrece conferencias, charlas y talleres de capacitación edu-tecnológica a la comunidad docente del recinto. Es docente virtual internacional en el Programa de Maestría con mención en Tecnología Educativa, en la Universidad de San Martín de Porres (Lima, Perú). Cuenta con experiencia de freelancer educativo colaborando con diferentes instituciones educativas de nivel superior y organismos educativos independientes. Ha sido profesor en el Departamento de Educación Elemental (UPRA), Departamento de Educación (AU) y Departamento de Ciencias Naturales (USC).

También a participado en diferentes congresos educativos internacionales: Red de Educadores Puertorriqueños (EducaPR), Virtual Educa Las Américas (PUR), Conferencia Mundial de Educación (USA), Congreso de eLearning (KOR), Congreso Internacional EduTICinnova (PER), Congreso Virtual de Educación y TIC: La Escuela del Futuro (ARG), Congreso en Línea en Conocimiento Libre y Educación de la Red CLED (VEN), Conferencia Internacional UNVES (PAR) y Jornada de Innovación Educativa UNIBE (RD).

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