A sixth edition of the HETS Best Practices Showcase was held in Puerto Rico, bringing together more than 25 of its member institutions. This event took place in January 16 and January 17, 2020 at the Law School of the Inter American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and allowed the Consortium to share innovative projects and best practices. More than 100 attendees from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and United States took advantage of the presentations shared by different Higher Education institutions.
This year, the Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than 20 best practices in the tracks of Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration. The conference opened with a Plenary session by Dr. Peter Shea, Associate Provost for Online Learning, University at Albany. Dr. Shea addressed to attendees about Best Practices for a promising future of (online) learning in the age of AI and automation. In addition, this year as part of the Conference’s program best practices were shared with attendees related to better serving Distance Learning Students, transfer process, retention, hybrid programs, culture of Hispanic STEM Success, access tools for Hispanic-Latino students, and technologies to enhance students’ engagement and success (such as Google Classroom, e portfolios) among others. The videos of all presentations will be available soon at the event page in our website and also at the HETS You Tube Channel.
Also, during the conference was showcased the track winner’s panel, moderated by HETS Vice Chair, Dr. Carlos Morales (TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College) in which he presented those who achieved the highest scores on their presentation proposals per track. Dr. Michael Hutmaker from Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) participated as the winner of the retention track, and Dr. Rolando J. Méndez, from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, winner of the Online Learning and Technology Integration track. The Access track winners; Ms. Laurie Austin, Ms. Deira Pereyra, and Ms. Lisa Moalem, from Lehman College (CUNY) were also the Overall Conference winners obtaining the best score all around. As a value added to participants, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez and a group of doctorate students of the University of Puerto Rico, presented the latest results of an ongoing research about theory and practice of online education in Puerto Rico.
Concurrent with the Best Practices Showcase, the HETS Board of Directors held their Winter meeting in which the results of the first semester of academic year 2019-2020 were discussed. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings both online and face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the result of our main student event the HETS Student Leadership Showcases was presented. Board members were informed by several Student Ambassadors who talked about the initiatives performed at their institutions and how this program had helped them grow as leaders. Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Metropolitan Community College (Kansas), and Louisiana Community and Technical College System. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like COBIMET and ETS, who also welcomed PR Top Level Domain as new partner.
HETS would like to recognize the valuable collaboration of Mr. Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Treasurer and UIPR President, and Dr. Julio Fontanet, Chancellor of the Law School, and his attentive staff for hosting and made possible the success of this event while making everyone felt like home. Moreover, we will like to express our gratitude to PR Top Level Domain for their sponsorship and making the closing reception of our Best Practices Showcase a memorable one with the music of Pleneros and a cultural show. For more information about this event, access the Conference webpage on this website, call the HETS Office at 787- 250-1912, extensions 2372 and 2373, or send an email to email@example.com.
In addition, the online registration for the event is available at:
If you need more information do not hesitate to contact the HETS office at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2373, 2372; 787-616-3201 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thank you for your support to HETS and it’s Best Practices Showcase initiative.
Looking forward to seeing you again in San Juan, PR on January 16 & 17, 2020!
Más de 740 estudiantes llenaron el Teatro para participar de la 6ta edición del HETS Student Leadership Showcase el viernes, 13 de septiembre de 2019 en el Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana en Cupey. Como en eventos anteriores, tuvimos estudiantes de las instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico: American University, Atenas College, Universidad Carlos Albizu, Colegio Universitario de San Juan, EDP University, National University College, ICPR Junior College, Universidad Central del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Ponce Health Science University, Universidad Ana G. Méndez los anfitriones la Universidad Interamericana de PR. Además, participaron invitados de instituciones invitadas como la Universidad Politécnica de PR y la Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR y por primera vez participaron estudiantes de la Escuela Laboratorio de la UIPR, CEDIN.
Nuevos miembros, Comité Asesor HETS
Con una agenda muy variada, el evento comenzó cuando el animador y miembro del Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de HETS, el Prof. Albert Troche, quien brindó una cálida bienvenida a los asistentes. A este saludo se unió la Rectora del Recinto Metro, la Profa. Marilina Wayland y la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo, quien presentó dos nuevos miembros del Comité Asesor y reconoció la presencia de otros miembros en el público. HETS creó el Comité Asesor de Estudiantes con el fin de ayudar a coordinar eventos futuros y a identificar los intereses y necesidades de este grupo para colaborar en la búsqueda de soluciones y servicios que los apoyen. Acceda aquí los videos del evento.
Estudiantes Embajadores de HETS
También, la Sra. Montalvo presentó los nuevos estudiantes Embajadores de HETS, que comenzaron este año académico y se reconoció la presencia de los estudiantes embajadores del año pasado que siguen sus funciones este año. Montalvo añadió que “estamos complacidos de que el Programa de Embajadores continúe con más de 20 estudiantes, quienes recibirán una ayuda económica para promover los servicios entre sus pares en sus instituciones. Esto como resultado del donativo recibido de la Fundación Francisco Carvajal.”
Equipo ENACTUS, UAGM Cupey
Luego de los saludos, la agenda del evento comenzó con la sección que ha sido constante en los eventos Student Leadership Showcase: la presentación de proyectos innovadores de estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS. Inmediatamente, los estudiantes del Equipo ENACTUS de la Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Cupey tomaron el escenario para presentar el proyecto; ¡Cataño Vive! Este proyecto les ha hecho ganadores de diversos premios como: 1er Lugar Liga de Desarrollo Competencia Nacional 2019 y semifinalistas en la competencia nacional, entre otros.
Juan L. Negrón
Continuando con la agenda del evento, subió al escenario el orador principal del evento, Juan Leonardo Negrón, director del Programas y Asuntos Externos del Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) en Washington, DC. Negrón, quien ha sido reconocido como uno de los 30 líderes globales menores de 30 años por la revista Forbes, durante su 30 under 30 Global Summit en Israel; habló a los estudiantes sobre las oportunidades que pueden desprenderse de su desempeño como ciudadanos globales en su charla: Connecting you the real world: How to become a Global Leader?
La agenda continuó con la charla de la Sra. Cristina Hunter de Popular at Work, sobre la importancia del buen manejo de sus finanzas a los asistentes en su ponencia Principios Financieros. Luego, la Dra. Karen Rivera, Consultora en asuntos estudiantiles de HETS, dirigió una breve dinámica entre varios estudiantes quienes compitieron en vivo en una trivia interactiva para conocer quién de ellos tenía mayor conocimiento de los servicios de HETS y las herramientas libres de costo que tienen accesible a través de la Plaza Virtual de HETS y sus bases de datos TERC y Career Transitions.
Dr. Gabriel Paizy
Luego de la trivia de servicios de HETS, el Dr. Gabriel Paizy compartió con los presentes varias herramientas sobre el poder de las palabras y cómo utilizarlas efectivamente con su acostumbrada habilidad y perspicacia. El Dr. Paizy es director de la Escuela de Comunicación Ferré Rangel de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, creador del movimiento En Buen Español y es un activo colaborador de HETS.
Concluidas las presentaciones en el Teatro, se realizaron rifas de regalos cortesía de nuestros auspiciadores y se solicitó a los participantes completar la hoja de evaluación del evento. Para último, la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, Yubelkys Montalvo reconoció la colaboración de nuestros anfitriones y colaboradores que nos han apoyado durante los últimos seis años para el éxito de este evento que celebra el liderazgo estudiantil entre nuestras instituciones miembros. Además, se presentaron los auspiciadores del evento: Inter Metro, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Educational Testing Services (ETS), Claro de PR, Cape Air, Café Yaucono, Coca Cola, Costco, Frito Lays, Hotel Intercontinental, Hotel Caribe Hilton, United Airlines, Fourth Brain, International Restaurants y Office Max. A la salida del Teatro, los participantes disfrutaron del almuerzo. Para más información sobre HETS y sus servicios puede comunicarse vía correo electrónico a email@example.com, o llamando al (787) 250-1912 exts. 2373 / 2372.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
The HETS winter Board of Directors meeting and several concurrent activities, were held with full house on February 7 and 8, 2019 in Puerto Rico, hosted by the Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo Campus. This Board meeting started academic year 2018-2019, an intense year for the organization and its members, as it embarked on the implementation of recently Strategic Plan approved and presenting the first semester of its second year results on this meeting.
The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 is an extension of the previous one, and its focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings either online and new ones face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main initiatives and events were presented like HETS online Journal, HETS Virtual Best Practices Showcase and Student Leadership Showcases in PR, and the Student Ambassadors program to promote with their peers the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Student Placita of the HETS Virtual Plaza.
One of the activities held during the afternoon of the first day of HETS Board meeting, was the Opening Session of the Virtual Best Practices Showcase. The Virtual Best Practices Showcase open with a panel presentation focused on the conference main tracks. HETS members were invited to participate of the live transmission of the Opening Session, held on February 7, 2019. The panel presentation topic was about: Leveraging Partnerships to Support Student Access, Learning, and Success, and all speakers were from Southeast Missouri State University including: Dr. Deborah Below, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success; Dr. Alberto Dávila, Dean of Harrison College of Business and Computing; and Professor of Economics; Dr. Debbie Lee- Distefano, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages; and Ms. Rhonda Weller-Stilson, Dean of the Holland College of Arts and Media.
Another activity concurrent with the first day of the Board meeting, was the student ambassadors meeting with attendees from PR, USA and International. The student’s ambassadors participated of a two day meeting full of activities, including a workshop at Colegio Universitario de San Juan, a special lunch at EDP University, and a tour at Old San Juan which included a stop for refreshments at Carlos Albizu University. A total of 16 ambassadors from Puerto Rico, six from USA, and one from Colombia participated of the meeting.
During the second day of the Board meeting, student ambassadors were invited to present to the Board, the efforts made at their campuses. Four Ambassadors from Puerto Rico, presented their activities, and a video with photos of the activities held by the rest of the Puerto Rico ambassadors were shared. Students invited from USA and Colombia, actively participated on the discussion held regarding these efforts, and shared their experience during the first day of their meeting.
Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like Blackboard and Interstaff, Inc, and also welcomed its newest partner, Instructure, Inc.
Board Members closed the meeting with the HETS 25th Anniversary celebration. As part of this important event; Chancellor David Méndez welcomed the participants and special guests to the Chancellor’s house to have this celebration, and read a very special message sent by the former President of AGMU, and Founding Member of HETS, Dr. José F. Méndez. HETS Executive Director presented special recognitions to several board members, who received a commemorative plaque to acknowledged their different roles at the organization such as: Board Official, Host Institution, and Events Host. Other collaborators were recognized with other awards including: Expert Resource Member Award, HETS Online Journal Chief Editor and Online Journal Reviewer Award.
After the recognitions, Board Members and, special guests’ attendees enjoyed a toast sponsored by Mr. Randy Richards, President of Inter Staff Inc., one of HETS Corporate Partners. During the luncheon, the invitees enjoyed a musical participation of the Tuna Taíno from students from AGMU, Gurabo Campus. To close the ceremony, the 25 Anniversary cake was cut by members of the HETS Executive Committee and its Executive Director.
HETS would like to extend its special thanks to President José Méndez Méndez, Chancellor David Méndez, Sara Vega, Ivette Guzmán, and all their staff at Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo Campus for hosting these events at their facilities. Also, HETS would like to thank Chancellor Pahedra Gelpi, and her staff from Colegio Universitario de San Juan; Dean of students, Carmen Rivera from Carlos Albizu University and her staff; and Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University and her staff, for their support on the logistics coordination, including workshop facilities, technical equipment, live transmissions, refreshments, lunch, and ground transportation.
For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.
HETS is pleased to share that after a meeting with HETS Chair, Carlos Vargas-Aburto, and HETS officers, David Gómez and Manuel J. Fernós, we have decided to celebrate the HETS Best Practices Showcase and Board of Directors Meeting, as scheduled on January 16 and 17, 2020 at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Law School in San Juan, PR. Our host, president Fernós from Inter American University, confirmed that the venue of the meeting was inspected by structural engineers, who had certified that the Law School buildings doesn’t have damages, and are in optimal conditions and with electric power. We encourage you to come to attend the conference and register online on this link: https://hets.org/hets-best-practices-showcase-2020/2020-best-practices-showcase-registration/. Only the Academic Fair was cancelled to assure the security of our students. Once again, thank you for your unwavering support to the HETS Consortium. If you need further information please contact us at the Executive Director’s phone (787) 616-3201. Looking forward to seeing you this week in PR!
Dr. Carlos Vargas, HETS Chair
We are delighted to highlight the publication of the Fall Issue, Volume X, of the HETS Online Journal. This is a peer review journal that started on year 2010, with issues published every semester. The HETS journal addresses relevant topics impacting technology and Hispanic Students, including student retention and assessment, and the very important topic of student access. As our Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto said on his message: “the Fall 2019 issue is a special collaborative effort between HETS and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). This collaborative issue highlights the organizations’ shared mission: to facilitate the success of Hispanic students in higher education.”
Dr. Antonio Flores, HACU President & CEO
As a result of this strategic collaboration and team effort, we appreciate Dr, Antonio Flores, president & CEO of HACU comments: “we are particularly thrilled to see faculty and administrators at HACU-member institutions represented among the authors in this edition. The HETS Journal maintains an important role in the world of academic publishing in higher education. I trust you will find this issue to be a useful resource as we collectively work to serve the 3.6 million Hispanic students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country.”
We would like to recognize Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School at New Mexico State University, who represented HACU as invited editor, and two invited reviewers on this issue; Dr. Marielly Galarza, Dr. Barbara Flores. Likewise, our sincere gratitude to editor in Chief, Pamela Vargas, and members of the Editorial Board: Dr. Ana Milena Lucumi, Mr. Sunil Gupta, Dr. Manuel Correa, Dr. Carlos Morales, Mr. Carlos Guevara, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez, Prof. Pura Centeno for once again, accepting the challenge of reviewing and selecting the articles among the many impressive submissions received.
We encourage you to forward the link to HETS Online Journal with your colleagues. In addition, we invite you to consider submitting an article to share your knowledge and experience in any of these areas impacting higher education. The deadline to submit your articles for the Spring Issue is March 27, 2020. Click here to download the guidelines to submit your article. Your submission should be an original work either in English or Spanish and need to be sent to the HETS office via e-mail to: email@example.com.
Through publications such as the HETS Online Journal, which is included in EBSCO Publishing’s databases, we can share the latest and best information with others in higher education. For more information about the HETS Online Journal, please contact the HETS office at (787) 250-1912 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the first time, the HETS summer Board of Directors meeting was held June 20 and 21, 2019 in San Marcos, CA, hosted by California State University, San Marcos. This Board meeting ends academic year 2018-2019, an intense year for
Dr. Karen Haynes, President CSU San Marcos
the organization and its members, presenting second year results of the Strategic Plan executed successfully in its second year.
The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 is an extension of previous one, and it’s focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. Hosts, President Dr. Karen Haynes, and Dr. Lorena Checa, from CSUSM greeted all attendees and opened the meeting sessions after their cordial welcome messages.
Board Members at The McMahan House, CSUSM
Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings both online and face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main events the HETS Virtual Best Practices Showcase, Student Leadership Showcases and Tours were presented. Board members were informed about the alliance between HETS and HACU for the publication of the Online Journal during the fall of 2019. Moreover, the final page our newest service, Student Passport was presented officially to the Board during the first day of meeting.
Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Ponce Health Science University. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like Instructure, and also welcomed COBIMET as new partner.
As part of the Board meeting agenda, HETS celebrated the Special Event: Best Practices, The Cougar Care Network. The Cougar Care Network is an early support initiative to improve student success, retention and persistence. This event was transmitted via live stream and its recording will be accessible soon on the HETS YouTube channel (access here the presentation handout).
HETS would like to extend its special thanks to President Karen Haynes; Dr. Lorena Checa, Vice President for Student Affairs, and all their staff at CSUSM for hosting these events at their facilities. For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email email@example.com or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.
Thanks to the collaboration of HETS member institutions, we invite you to experience our new service: Student Passport. A special space has been dedicated on the hets.org website, that showcases a profile summary of HETS member institutions per states. The main objective of this section, is to provide useful information and guidance to students interested in finding a new academic destiny among our member institutions. The Student Passport page will help and support these students in the completion of this process. The design of the section on our website was developed taking into consideration the recommendations and needs of the admissions directors and staff of HETS member institutions, as part of a face to face event and several conference calls discussions.
To access this new section, click on the Student Passport menu at the hets.org homepage. Once in its landing page, you will find the logo and names of our member institutions organized by states in alphabetical order. Each logo is linked to its respective profile with relevant information, including their academic offerings, financial aid opportunities, transferring steps, and key contact information to assist them during the process (some of them, fully bilingual). In addition, students will find an online request for more information for students to select the institutions they are interested in. Requests can be received by the HETS office and, in those cases, will be referring them to the correspondent institutions.
This new service will be promoted by HETS staff, student services consultant, and student ambassadors among their campuses. Also, it can be accessible worldwide through the webpages, and HETS social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube. We invite you to access this service and help us promote it to support students during their transferring process.
Finally, this new initiative is part of the strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. For more information about this and other HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.
El Consorcio HETS y Virtual Educa firmaron hoy un Acuerdo de Colaboración que permitirá aunar esfuerzos para concretar proyectos que relacionen entidades de países de América Latina y el Caribe entre sí y con organismos afines de otras regiones del mundo. La firma del Acuerdo se realizó en la Oficina Central de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR) y contó con la participación del licenciado Manuel J. Fernós, Presidente de UIPR y Tesorero de HETS, el Dr. José María Antón, Secretario General de Virtual Educa, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS y la Dra. Suleira Quiñones, Principal Oficial Ejecutivo de la Fundación Virtual Educa.
La colaboración entre HETS y Virtual Educa promoverá el intercambio de información sobre programas e iniciativas en los ámbitos de la innovación en la Educación, como mecanismos básicos para el desarrollo sostenible y la transformación social, especialmente en América Latina y el Caribe. Además, facilitará la participación mutua en reuniones y encuentros, así como identificar e impulsar la ejecución de iniciativas como UNIVERSIDAD 2030, que contribuya al logro de los objetivos institucionales, en pro de la integración y el progreso a nivel global. También se acordó intercambiar los emblemas corporativos de HETS y Virtual Educa, así como sus direcciones electrónicas, con el fin de dar acceso a los enlaces de información de interés en ambos portales para sus respectivos usuarios.
Sobre el Consorcio 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. Juntos, las instituciones miembros de HETS cuentan con más de 28,000 miembros de facultad y sobre medio millón de estudiantes, de los cuales cerca del 60% son hispanos. La misión de HETS es promover, apoyar y aumentar las capacidades de sus instituciones miembros para optimizar las oportunidades de éxito de los estudiantes hispanos/latinos a través de servicios de apoyo y eventos educativos para la facultad, personal y estudiantes de sus instituciones miembro, alianzas estratégicas entre sus miembros y los sectores académico, gubernamental y corporativo, la integración de nuevas tecnologías educativas y la identificación de recursos expertos para apoyar a sus instituciones miembros.
Sobre el Virtual Educa
VIRTUAL EDUCA es una iniciativa originada en el año 2001 con el auspicio de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), que impulsa la innovación en Educación para favorecer una transformación social inclusiva y sostenible, reuniendo a los sectores gubernamental / multilateral, empresarial, académico y sociedad civil. La firma del acuerdo marco de fecha 02.12.2003 supuso la adhesión de la Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB) a la iniciativa, quedando emplazada la secretaría general de Virtual Educa en la SEGIB, en Madrid durante el periodo 2003-2011. A partir del 26.05.2011, mediante una enmienda al acuerdo marco, Virtual Educa extendió sus actividades al Caribe de lengua inglesa, con la organización bienal de los ‘Virtual Educa Caribbean Symposiums’ [Surinam 2012 – Trinidad y Tobago 2014], quedando adscrita la secretaría general a la sede de la OEA, en Washington, D.C., durante el periodo 2011-2016. Por mandato de su Patronato, el 01.01.2017 se convirtió en una iniciativa global mediante la creación de la Alianza Global Virtual Educa (VEGA), quedando fijada la sede de la secretaría general de Virtual Educa en Washington DC. Virtual Educa tiene establecidos convenios de colaboración con múltiples organizaciones multilaterales [UNITAR/UN, UNESCO – Y2Y/WBG, PALATINO, OEI, ATEI, etc.] y agencias gubernamentales. Igualmente forma parte de la ‘Iniciativa Multilateral de Educación para el Desarrollo Humano’ (IMEDH) [FUNGLODE, Santo Domingo, 22.06.2010]. La IMEDH tiene por finalidad la conformación de un espacio de colaboración para realizar programas y proyectos de interés común. Además de la OEA y Virtual Educa, forman parte de la IMEDH el Parlamento Latinoamericano y del Caribe (PARLATINO); la UNESCO; y Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL).