The HETS_LAAP workshop on online learning collaboration initiatives brought together key leaders of HETS member institutions to examine the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) model for inter-institutional collaboration, and create an action plan to develop online programs and student support services. The workshop took place during June 17th and 18th, 2003 concurrently with the HETS Board Meeting, at Lehman College (CUNY). A total of 29 academic and distance education leaders, from 15 HETS member institutions, attended the workshop.
In the morning of June 17th, various research findings were presented to HETS Board Members and key leaders from member institutions to support the launching of the Online Learning Collaboration Initiatives project. The audience also had the opportunity to learn about the inter-institutional collaboration program model designed and implemented by GPIDEA, and the possible ways of making this model work for HETS member institutions.
During the afternoon, Dr. Sue Maes and Dawn Anderson, senior GPIDEA project staff members, facilitated the workshop. In this session, the facilitators discussed with participants the expected outcomes of the activity and made an approach to identify institutional interests and discover potential partners. Afterwards, participants divided in subgroups to further discuss their interests and ideas.
The facilitators guided the participants through a day and a half process of building curriculum initiatives. HETS online survey responses, the analysis of the existing online offering, and participants’ expertise provided the basis for the discussion and exploration of academic areas for collaboration. The groups selected six major potential areas of collaboration to develop online academic programs or certificates.
* Educational Computing – Online certificate that will be integrating learning computing and media. Institutions interested in collaborating are QCC, IAUPR, USH, LC, and HCC.
* Cross-cultural Nursing – Twelve bilingual online modules certification program focused on cultural awareness and sensitivity among nursing professionals. Institutions interested in collaborating are HCC, LC, USH, IAUPR, CSUB, UTPA, BMCC, MDC, and UTB.
* Criminal Justice (Security Management): Bilingual online certificate program, vocational certificate or continuing education program focused on private security ethics, legal aspects, risk and fraud management, and security related technologies. Institutions interested in collaborating are JCC, IAUPR, and HCC.
* Latin American and Caribbean Studies – Associate degree online program in Spanish focused on history, art and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean. Institutions interested in collaborating are HCC, QCC and IAUPR.
* Business Entrepreneurship – Two-years associate degree bilingual online program integrating mentoring and internship experiences to help students develop a business plan. Institutions interested in collaborating are QCC, BMCC, HCC, IAUPR, and AGMUS.
Student Support Learning Tools – Online support service to help students succeed through their online learning experience focusing on development of Internet and information literacy skills. Support program would include a freshman modular support service with a mentoring component from senior students. Institutions interested in collaborating are MDC, JCC, IAUPR, PUPR, HCC, and UTB.
Workshop participants identified the key elements of the proposed curricula and services, as well as the strengths of each institutional player. Each group made decisions regarding the academic level of the program proposed, number of credits, courses, special components, language, target audience, and the need for the program.
After the group sessions, board members and workshop participants reconvened in a plenary session for the discussion of the workshop outcomes. Leaders of each of the workshop subgroups reported their preliminary idea proposals to board members and workshop attendees.
Pre-proposals will be further developed into full proposals to compete for the LAAP funding available for the creation of academic online programs. As pointed out in the workshop, this fall, HETS will be distributing $75,000 among the selected projects with the greatest potential to start working on these online learning collaboration initiatives.
If you wish to contact any of the members involved with the Preliminary Proposals suggested at the HETS workshop in NY, please write to Wilmarie Latorre at email@example.com or call our HETS office at 787-766-1912 ext 2221.
 Potential areas for collaboration had been already identified during the month of May, through an analysis of the existing online offerings at member institutions and three online surveys administered to institutional leaders that allowed to assess potential opportunities for online learning collaboration initiatives. These online surveys were conducted with the assistance of GPIDEA.
Hosted by the Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) celebrated its tenth anniversary at the institution’s Art Gallery in New York City, last June 17, 2003. About twelve university presidents and chancellors, and more than forty representatives of HETS member institutions and partner corporations attended the festivities.
During the event, HETS paid tribute to its member institutions for their support of Consortium initiatives throughout the past ten years. Included among the honored universities were the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, the Ana G. Méndez University System, Lehman College, and the University of New Mexico. These universities were recognized in the categories of Founding Member, Consortium Institutional Headquarter, Annual Meeting Host Institution and Contributor of the Year Member. Also recognized were Hostos Community College, the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas-Pan American in the categories of Founding Member and Annual Meeting Host Institution.
In addition, HETS acknowledged the leadership of Dr. Ricardo Fernández, departing HETS Board President and President of Lehman College, with the Board Member of the Year Award, for his exemplary contribution to the Consortium. Likewise, Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of the Borough of Manhattan Community College and HETS Board Treasurer, was honored for his outstanding collaboration.
In other categories, HETS also recognized the member institutions and corporations committed to the Consortium’s Virtual Plaza project. The University of Texas at Brownsville and the Sacred Heart University received the HETS/LAAP e-Mentoring Partner of the Year Award. IBM Corporation and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico were granted the HETS/LAAP e-Mentoring Corporate Partner Award. These awards directed the spotlight to these universities and corporations’ commitment toward the Online Mentoring Program. The main goal of this program is to round up the academic preparation of students with the experience and professional perspective of mentors recruited by sponsoring corporations.
Miami-Dade Community College received the HETS/LAAP Funded Online Offerings Award because it is the institution that has developed the highest number of online courses with Virtual Plaza Project funds. The Ana G. Méndez University System also received the HETS/LAAP Partner for Virtual Promotion Award for its initiative in aiding HETS by producing the Virtual Plaza promotional advertisements make known the services of the portal within the university community. In addition, the HETS/LAAP Project Collaboration Award was presented to several professors for their leadership and to several collaborators of affiliated institutions for their significant contributions to HETS’ Virtual Plaza Project.
HETS represents the first telecommunications consortium created to serve the Hispanic community through distance education and it has the support of 18 autonomous higher education member institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico and Colombia, all certified by diverse academic accreditation agencies. For more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Nitza M. Hernández, HETS Executive Director and Learning Anywhere Anytime Partnership (LAAP) Project Director, through her email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Consortium offices at 787-766-1912, extensions 2221 or 2222.
Manuel J. Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR), was elected President to the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) during the Board of Directors meeting that took place in New York City’s Herbert H. Lehman College, on June 17th and 18th, 2003. Also elected was the new Vice President, James Lyons, President of the University of California-Dominguez Hills. Likewise, Antonio Pérez, Borough of Manhattan Community College President, and Dolores Fernández, Hostos Community College President were re-elected as Board Secretary and Board Treasurer, respectively.
Currently, IAUPR houses the HETS Consortium headquarters, in its main offices. IAUPR became a Consortium affiliate in 1998 and has since been actively involved in the organizations initiatives and projects. Since 2000, IAUPR co-hosted the Board of Directors meetings celebrated in Puerto Rico. In addition, IAUPR’s leadership in the Latin American and Caribbean Network has allowed it to sign a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. In addition, around 40 IAUPR professors have taken advantage of the on-line Learning Workshop offered by the University of Texas-Pan American, a HETS affiliate institution renown in the field of distance education.
Mr. Fernós becomes the fourth President to lead the HETS Board of Directors. The earlier board presidents were José F. Méndez, President of the Ana G. Méndez University System, first HETS President and one of the founders of the HETS Consortium; Richard Peck, former President of the University of New Mexico; Norman I. Maldonado, former President of the University of Puerto Rico, who presided the Board from 1998 to 2001; and Ricardo Fernández, Lehman College, CUNY, who presided from 2001 until 2003.
HETS represents the first telecommunications consortium to serve the Hispanic community through distance education and it has the support of 18 autonomous higher education member institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico and Colombia, all certified by diverse academic accreditation agencies. For more information about this topic, please contact Nitza M. Hernández, HETS Executive Director and Learning Anywhere Anytime Partnership (LAAP) Project Director, through her email: email@example.com or by calling the Consortium offices at 787-766-1912, extensions 2221 or 2222
The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) will offer a workshop to get together academic leaders and key staff of the institutions that make up the Consortium who are interested in establishing partnerships with other institutions to develop online studying programs. The workshop on Collaborative Distance Learning Initiatives will take place at Herbert H. Lehman College in New York, on June 17 and 18, 2003, at the same time as the HETS Board of Directors meeting and the Consortium’s tenth anniversary celebration.
During the workshop the participants will be able to study the collaborative model of the Great Plains Alliance Program, under the Kansas State University. Following this model, HETS will create an action plan to develop and implement collaborative programs and online services for students, among the Consortium member institutions that are partners in the Learning Anywhere Anytime Partnerships (LAAP) Project. The workshop will be lead by Dr. Sue Maes and Mrs. Dawn Anderson, both of whom are part of the Great Plains Alliance staff. Beginning in August, HETS will distribute $75,000 among the best proposals received from groups of two or three institutions willing to collaborate during the 2003-04 academic year. The programs and online resources will be accessible through the Plaza Virtual portal (www.virtualplaza.org).
Simultaneously with the workshop, the HETS Board of Directors will hold its administrative session and it will celebrate the Consortium’s tenth anniversary in the evening of Tuesday, June 17th. During the event, HETS will present several awards to outstanding member institutions and corporate partners to recognize their support of Consortium initiatives over the past ten years. Presently, sixteen university presidents and chancellors, and more than forty representatives of member institutions have confirmed their attendance to these events in New York.
HETS is the first telecommunications consortium to serve the Hispanic community through education at a distance. Eighteen autonomous higher education institutions from the United States, Puerto Rico, and Colombia, all certified by diverse academic accreditation agencies, make up the consortium. Founded in 1994, Great Plains Alliance is an organization that joins various U.S. universities and academic programs that specialize in the Human Sciences. For more information about this, please can contact Dr. Nitza M. Hernández, HETS Executive Director and LAAP Project Director, at her email: firstname.lastname@example.org.