With a record of attendance of 32 out of 43 presidents and representatives from our institutional members; HETS celebrated its Summer Board Meeting on June 28, 2021. This is the third time that Board Members attend a virtual meeting through the Zoom platform due to the pandemic. The Board meeting discussed the results of the academic year 2020-2021 and the fourth year of the Strategic Plan 2017-2021. This report showed positive results like the increase of the use of online resources, more webinars with new speakers, Student Leadership Showcases in English and Spanish, continue offering HETS online workshops, among others. Also, presented new projects for next semester like adopting the final stage of the Open Source of our peer reviewed HETS Online Journal and offering the first Edition of the HETS Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA).
Among the initiatives shared with the Board, the HETS Executive Director and staff highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals based on the three strategic core areas: Access, Retention and Successful Completion, and Online Learning/ Technology Integration. These activities included online webinars for the Academic community, the publication of the Fall and Spring Issue of the HETS Online Journal and additional tools and services that were enhanced to the HETS Virtual Plaza like the Peterson’s Test and Career Prep databases. Other initiatives included the Student Leadership Showcases and Tours held online in September and March in Spanish for Puerto Rico and Latin America, then in October and February in English for the institutions in 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 three new member institutions: Prof. Julio Díaz, in representation of Mr. Jorge Mojica, Esq., president of Humacao Community College, Prof. Lillian Matos, in representation of Dr. Ana Cucurella, president of Caribbean University, and Ms. Jesenia Minier, in representation of Dr. John Clark, president of Western Connecticut State University. In addition, a corporate session was held in which various partners’ representatives shared with Board Members their latest services, events or projects to support Hispanic Serving Institutions and their educational community. Among these representatives were: Ms. Dorotha Ford and Dr. Joel Armando from Blackboard, Mr. Carlos Crespo from COBIMET, Mr. Marcelo Rodriguez from InQmatic, and Mr. Pablo Rodríguez from PR Top Level Domain.
HETS is looking forward to strengthening its initiatives and developing new strategies to innovate and support its member institutions in the upcoming semester to foster greater collaboration among all and widen the partnerships with other organizations. Next Board meeting has been scheduled for February 3 and 4, 2022 in San Juan Puerto Rico, and is programmed to be face to face at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus.
HETS is delighted to present a new professional development program called: Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA), focused on developing the next generation of leaders with a special emphasis on the challenges and opportunities present at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Academy’s main goal is to provide the competencies to prepare professionals to advance their careers to the next level and pursue administrative or senior leadership roles. The H-LTLA format includes an online programscheduled to start on August 3 to 6, 2021 through the HETS Bb Collaborate platform. For four days, attendees will gain knowledge and skills through synchronous presentations offered by leaders in the higher education community.
The H-LTLAcurriculum will be in English or Spanish and consists of topics related to Academic Technology, Online Learning, Instructional/ Curriculum Design, Teaching and Learning, Project Management, Accreditation, Professional Development, and Data for Digital Learning. The topics have been selected to prepare higher education leaders to understand how to transform their organizations so they can prepare and support their institutions to be more resilient, flexible, and relevant as they face an array of increasingly difficult challenges. Eligibility is open to individuals whose job is to promote and facilitate the adoption of teaching and learning technologies.
Acceptance to the H-LTLA is made through a competitive application process, drawn from all divisions of the institutions, schools, or related organizations. An Evaluation Committee, composed of senior staff at HETS Member Institutions, will be selecting the most competitive applications with compelling evidence that the candidate meets all the requirements to take full advantage of the Academy. To learn more or how to be part of this group of participantsselected each year for the Academy, register at HETS LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (H-LTLA) » HETS, and join us on May 27, 2021, at 4:30 pm (EST/ PR Time) via Zoom. The Academy registration fees will be announced during this event. For more information, contact us via email: email@example.com.
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.
Access to more than 25 recordings of webinars for faculty and administrators inEnglish andSpanish.
More than 100 peer-reviewed articles published in the HETS Online Journal, sharing best practices regarding the use of technology for teaching and learning.
Freewebinars for students to present expert resources to talk about topics like leadership, entrepreneurship, job search, among others.
Starting on March 19, 2021, more than 10webinars in Spanish and webinars in Englishwill be offered by International experts regarding Distance Learning and related topics to support faculty and administrators on this new modality.
A new HETS Online JournalSpring Issue, Volume XIwill 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (787) 616-3201.
HETS announced its new professional development program called: Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA), starting in August 2021, focusing on developing the next generation of leaders with a special emphasis on the challenges and opportunities present at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). As a pioneer organization in the use of technology in higher education with enormous expertise and resources, the HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Morales, proposed to develop an Academia during the HETS Board of Director meeting held in February 2021 and was approved.
As part of the virtual launch, Dr. Carlos Morales presented the program’s purpose, the format, the competencies, among other benefits of enrolling in the first edition of HETSLearning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA). Dr. Morales continued explaining the curriculum of the H-LTLA, which consists of synchronous presentations of eight different topics designed to provide competencies to prepare professionals to support their institutions and transform their organizations to be more resilient, flexible, and relevant. Also, the H-LTLA faculty had the opportunity to briefly explain their topics to the attendees, what to expect, and what will obtain during these synchronous presentations, scheduled from August 3 to 6, 2021. Click here to see recordings of H-LTLA faculty explaining their topics.
After the curriculum presentation, HETS Executive Director, Dr. Yubelkys Montalvo shared the information related to the eligibility and how to apply online through the H-LTLA (Academy) new menu at hets.org, which is due on June 28, 2021. Dr. Montalvo also mentioned that the acceptance to the H-LTLA is through a competitive application process, and the candidates selected will be notified in July 2021. The evaluation committee, composed of senior staff at HETS Member Institutions, seeks to select the applications with compelling evidence that the candidate meets all the requirements to take full advantage of the Academy. Also, they seek to create a participants group with diverse experience, background, and perspectives.
To conclude with the event, Dr. Montalvo presented the H-LTLA registration fees, which include all materials and the continuing education certificate. HETS will be announcing additional savings on early payments, group rates, and non-member individuals. Also, the Academy registration fees can be cover using the CARES Act funds. To learn more about this professional development program and how to apply, visit H-LTLA (Academy). Feel free to contact the HETS staff to clarify any doubt about this opportunity and other additional savings, either via email at email@example.com or by calling (787) 616-3201.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 LeadershipShowcase 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.