HETS OFRECE WEBINARS CON EXPERTOS DE PUERTO RICO, ESTADOS UNIDOS E INTERNACIONALES

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El Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS, por sus siglas en inglés) invita a participar de los webinars educativos programados para este semestre con expertos reconocidos de Puerto Rico, Estados Unidos e internacionales de países como España, Chile, Argentina y República Dominicana. Estos webinars tienen como fin brindar especial apoyo a las instituciones miembros en Puerto Rico, Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica, como parte de nuestro enfoque y misión. Estos webinars son libres de costo, sobre temas relacionados a la educación a distancia a través del Blackboard Collaborate, uno de los aliados corporativos de HETS.

El primer webinar será en español por la Dra. Cristina Villalonga Gómez, Directora de Global Campus, la unidad de educación digital de la Universidad Nebrija (Madrid) el 19 de marzo de 2021. El webinar lleva por título: Los retos del Modelo Educativo Híbrido y discutirá la experiencia de la Universidad Nebrija en España, que ha desarrollado un modelo integral de presencialidad híbrida, que aprovecha la potencialidad tanto de los espacios presenciales como de los escenarios digitales. La Dra. Villalonga posee un doctorado en Comunicación y Educación en Entornos Digitales, un Máster en Comunicación y Educación en la Red y otro Máster en Redes Sociales y Aprendizaje Digital por la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia y es Licenciada en Periodismo por la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

Para participar de este y otros webinars, solo debe registrarse en los siguientes enlaces: Webinars en Español » HETS y Webinars in English » HETS. Le exhortamos a promover estos eventos virtuales entre su comunidad académica para beneficiarse de la perspectiva y peritaje de los recursos expertos invitados. Estos eventos serán moderados por el Dr. Carlos Morales, presidente de la Junta de HETS y presidente del TCC Connect Campus, Tarrant County College. De necesitar más información sobre este y otros eventos, puede enviar un correo electrónico a info@hets.org, o llamar al (787) 616-3201.

Acerca de HETS: El Consorcio Hispano de Servicios de Tecnología Educativa (HETS, por sus siglas en inglés) es una organización sin fines de lucro constituida por más de 40 instituciones post-secundarias afiliadas en los Estados Unidos, Puerto Rico y América Latina. Fundada en 1993, la labor de HETS se enfoca en el uso innovador de la tecnología para apoyar el acceso a la educación superior y la retención del estudiante hispano. Entre los servicios que la Organización ofrece se destacan: su conferencia Best Practices Showcase; sus talleres en línea y presenciales; su revista arbitrada HETS Online Journal; su evento anual Student Leadership Showcase, y su centro de recursos virtuales y de apoyo en su Virtual Plaza. Juntos, las instituciones miembros de HETS cuentan con más de 30,000 miembros de facultad y casi un millón de estudiantes, de los cuales cerca del 60% son hispanos. La oficina de HETS está localizada en el salón 128 del Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana de PR.

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Acerca de la Universidad Nebrija: La Universidad Nebrija es una entidad académica de referencia que se distingue por la alta empleabilidad de sus estudiantes, sus fuertes vínculos con el mundo empresarial y el decidido enfoque internacional de su modelo educativo. La oferta docente de la Universidad Nebrija se agrupa en torno a las facultades de Ciencias Sociales (Derecho, CADE, Relaciones Internacionales, Turismo, Seguridad y Psicología), de Comunicación y Artes (Periodismo, Comunicación Audiovisual, Publicidad, Relaciones Públicas, Marketing, Moda, Bellas Artes y Artes Escénicas), de las Lenguas y Educación (Lingüística, Lenguas y Educación), de la Escuela Politécnica (Ingeniería Industrial, Mecánica, del Automóvil, Informática, Arquitectura, Diseño de Interiores) y del Centro de Ciencias de la Salud San Rafael-Nebrija (Enfermería y Fisioterapia). Con sede en Madrid, la Universidad cuenta con casi 10,000 alumnos entre estudiantes de grado y postgrado y con cerca de 25,000 exalumnos en todo el mundo.

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HETS celebrated its Winter Board Meeting with 36 representatives connected virtually.

With attendance of 36 out of 42 presidents and representatives from our institutional members; HETS celebrated its second virtual winter Board Meeting on February 5, 2021 through the Zoom platform. The Board meeting discussed the first semester of academic year 2020-2021, the fourth year of the Strategic Plan 2017-2021. With a positive report on our Strategic plan results, including the increase of the use of our online resources, while envisioning to continue with new projects for next semester, including more webinars and continue offering our online workshops initiative.

Among the initiatives, HETS shared with the Board, were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as the publication of the Fall Issue of the HETS Online Journal in another special collaboration with HACU and additional tools and services that were enhanced to the HETS Virtual Plaza. Other initiatives included the Student Leadership Showcase held online in September in Spanish for Puerto Rico and Latin America, and in October in English for the United States, and the 2021 Virtual Best Practices Showcase Conference and Opening Session.

During the meeting, HETS Chair Dr. Carlos Morales welcomed the representatives of two of the four new member institutions: Dr. Daniel Ward from New Jersey City University, and Mr. Faust Gorham from California State University, Bakersfield. In addition, a corporate session was held in which various partners’ representatives shared with Board Members their latest trends to support Hispanic Serving Institutions and their educational community included. Among these representatives were: Ms. Dorotha Ford and Mr. Abraham López from Blackboard, Mr. Carlos Crespo and Ms. Maria Cruz from COBIMET, and Mr. Pablo Rodríguez from PR Top Level Domain. We are looking forward to continuing strengthen our HETS initiatives in the upcoming semester to foster greater collaboration among all of our affiliates and widen our partnerships with other organizations, as we continue developing new strategies to innovate and support our services.

Save the Date and register for the 2021 Virtual Best Practices Showcase.

HETS members register free of charge.

We are pleased to invite you to Save the Date and register to participate in the 2021 HETS Virtual Best Practices Showcase that will be held from February 4- February 12, 2021. This Best Practices Showcase will open with a panel presentation focused on the conference main tracks: Innovation, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration, scheduled from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST) on February 4, 2021. Besides, more than 20 presentations were evaluated and selected to be part of this Virtual Showcase. See all the topics and presenters’ information on the following link:

2021 Virtual Best Practices Showcase Schedule

As you may see, this event is a combination of live and asynchronous online presentations that highlights and celebrates the outstanding work of HETS member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. The event is free of charge for HETS members (HETS members should use an institutional email to register in order to apply for the discount coupon code assigned to your institution). Non-members can register for $75.00 to get access to the Opening Session and all tracks presentations (more than 20 presentations).

See below the details of the event and the link to register:

What: 2021 HETS Virtual Best Practices Showcase 
When: February 4 to 12, 2021 
Registration fees: HETS Members free of charge, Regular fee $75.00 (all tracks).
Where:
Virtual Conference (Online). Register here to receive the access to all presentations (HETS members should use an institutional email to register (for example: john@inter.edu) in order to apply for the discount coupon code assigned to your institution. In case you don’t have an institutional email yet, you may use any email however your registration will stay “pending for payment” until HETS office confirms your status.). The access will be received in late January 2021.

We encourage you to take advantage of all the presentations of this 2021 Virtual Best Practices Showcase and help us share this event among your colleagues. For more information about this event, please contact HETS office via email to: info@hets.org or sending a text message to (787) 616-3201.

HETS update on Spring semester offerings to support its members

This Spring semester, HETS continues providing support and services to its member institutions and academic communities, locally, nationally, and internationally, as a pioneer organization in the use of technology in higher education with enormous expertise and services ready to use. Follow HETS as hestorg on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram for the latest news regarding the events held and additional offerings for the remaining Spring semester:

Events held or services already in place

  • More than 20 recordings of presentations of the 2021 Virtual Best Practices Showcase focusing on distance learning, which is crucial and valuable in our new academic reality. All the recordings will be available until June 14, 2021.
  • Two recordings of the Virtual Student Leadership Showcases Tour in Spanish and English for PR, Latin America, and the US, offered to more than 500 students in February and March 2021 to reinforce student leadership skills and promote HETS services and tools free of charge for them.
  • Tutorials in Spanish and English for students on how to use the resources and tools at the HETS Student Placita.
  • Access to more than 25 recordings of webinars for faculty and administrators in English and Spanish.
  • More than 100 peer-reviewed articles published in the HETS Online Journal, sharing best practices regarding the use of technology for teaching and learning.

Additional offerings

  • Free webinars for students to present expert resources to talk about topics like leadership, entrepreneurship, job search, among others.
  • Starting on March 19, 2021, more than 10 webinars in Spanish and webinars in English will be offered by International experts regarding Distance Learning and related topics to support faculty and administrators on this new modality.
  • A new HETS Online Journal Spring Issue, Volume XI will be published and the deadline to submit articles is March 25, 2021.

The itinerary of the events scheduled for this semester can be download in a PDF format here. We invite you to click on the links to benefit from these services and help us promote them among your colleagues, students, and anyone you estimate pertinent. For additional information, email to info@hets.org  or call (787) 616-3201.

HETS successfully inaugurated the 2021 Virtual Best Practices Showcase with more than 100 attendees at its Opening Session.

The 2021 Virtual Best Practices Showcase was inaugurated with its Opening Session held on February 4, 2021 via Blackboard Collaborate with more than 100 attendees from 23 different institutions and organizations in Puerto Rico, the US and Latin America. This opening session was a panel presentation titled: Strategically Use Technology to Support, Drive, and Optimize Retention of Online Students and the Learning Gap as a Result of the Pandemic. The panelists shared their perspective and answers questions about this important topic. The panel was composed of international experts from HETS members institutions including: Dr. Maritza Rondón, Chancellor of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Dr. Omayra Caraballo, Vice president of Distance Learning, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Dr. Alice J. Casanova, Dean, Distance Learning at EDP University, Mr. Carlos Guevara, Director, Office of Educational Technology Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Hostos Community College (CUNY), and Mr. Francisco García, Director, Center for Online Learning & Teaching Technology, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. The panel was moderated by Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez- Alicea, Professor, Faculty of Education, Rio Piedras Campus, and Member of the Distance Education Systemic Advisory Board of the University of Puerto Rico. The recording of this Opening Session is available already, and you can access it once you register for the Conference. 

The Virtual Best Practices Showcase extends from February 4 to 12, 2021, with more than 20 presentations. This event is a combination of live and asynchronous online presentations that highlights and celebrates the outstanding work of HETS member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. HETS invite and encourages its members to register free of charge (regular fee is $75.00) to access all live and asynchronous presentations selected at the following link: VIRTUAL HETS BEST PRACTICES SHOWCASE 2021- REGISTRATION » HETS.

Live transmissions of the highest scored presentations per track will be held on February 10 (Innovation), February 11 (Retention), and February 12 (Online Learning and Technology Integration). For more details about the live transmissions and the asynchronous online presentations, please go to: VIRTUAL HETS BEST PRACTICES SHOWCASE 2021- SCHEDULE » HETS.

For more information about HETS projects, please contact the HETS office anytime via email info@hets.org or at 787-616-3201.

HETS launches a special testimonial campaign to share the experiences of those who benefited from its services.

A special testimonial campaign was launched to share the experiences of those who had used and benefited from HETS services. For more than 27 years, HETS has constantly worked to fulfill the need of its membership and its constituencies. On these difficult times that all institutions are facing in a new academic scenario, HETS services became especially vital. HETS staff had the opportunity to talk to those who the Consortium serve, who has benefited from its services and initiatives. Among the participants of the campaign are HETS Board Members, which are the presidents of the universities or colleges affiliated, who were asked about the attributes that members enjoy the most and what motivates them to join the Consortium.

On the other hand, HETS had the opportunity to offer more than 20 online webinars to administrative and faculty members on different topics in both English and Spanish languages. For the students, HETS celebrated two Student Leadership Showcase events and more than six webinars, in English and Spanish, in which more than 1,000 students from Puerto Rico, United States, and Latin America enjoyed the presentations from expert resources. After those events, messages from attendees were received expressing their appreciation and congratulations, grateful of being part of those events so necessary during this pandemic. Both faculty and students were invited to be part of testimonial campaign. Also, members of the HETS Student Ambassadors Program and Student Advisory Committee were interviewed to learn more about their experiences and how being part of these initiatives has helped them in their student and professional development.  You can learn more about HETS testimonial campaign by following us in our social media accounts (@hetsorg) in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and You Tube. For more information about HETS, our membership and services, you can send us an email to info@hets.org  or send a text or call to 787-616-3201.