ISSN 2693-9193


HETS Chair Message

As HETS Chair of the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) Consortium is pleased to announce the publication of the 2023 Fall Issue of its peer-reviewed Online Journal (HOJ). This is another edition of this Journal published on the new Open Journal platform, which provides its users and editors with a better browsing experience and allows those who submit their articles for consideration a quick evaluation process and a more agile approach.

“We are delighted to continue disseminating articles and their authors in a more relevant and dependable manner and taking our Journal to the standards of publications of this nature”, said Dr. Carlos Morales, HETS Board of Directors Chairman and President of TCC Connect Campus-Tarrant County College in Texas.

Access to the publication on the new platform is available from the HETS website (HETS Online Journal). In this issue, the Journal showcases articles in both, English and Spanish, discussing topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Microlearning, and Preferred class modality, among others.

The HETS Online Journal (HOJ), created in the year 2010, provides high-quality research articles covering online teaching, learning and training topics for the academic community around the world.

HETS invites you to enjoy reading the articles in this issue, and share the Journal with colleagues, academics, students, and administrators involved with higher education. Likewise, HETS encourages all those interested in publishing their articles to take advantage of this opportunity to share their knowledge. The deadline for submission of articles to be considered for publication in the Volume XIV, Spring Issue is March 29, 2024. For more information and guidelines, visit hets.org/ejournal/call-for-papers/.

Finally, we extend our invitation to join HETS collaborators as reviewers of our publication. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to info@hets.org.

We hope you enjoy this edition as much as I have!

Dr. Carlos Morales
HETS Chair
President, TCC Connect Campus
Tarrant County College

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 Editor’s Message

Pamela Vargas-Krauser

Welcome to the Fall 2023 edition of the HETS Online Journal!

While we’ve returned to many more in-person activities, we are still compiling and examining what we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.  HETS, with its mission to support and facilitate the use of technology to help students access and succeed in their higher education goals, has been well-positioned to contribute to this body of knowledge. This issue of the Journal continues to examine some of the lessons learned from the pandemic, and offers additional recommendations as we continue to use technology to support our students and help them achieve their learning and educational goals.

This edition begins with the article entitled, “Preferred class modality from a sample of community college students during COVID-19,” presents the results of a student survey conducted in the fall of 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and again in the fall of 2023, after the public health emergency was declared to have ended. The results of this survey aim to increase an understanding of community college students’ preferences of class modality as they relate to the wider context of their lives.  

“COBIMET’S Distance Education Online Certification for Librarians” details the development and outcomes of a distance education certification offered in 2022 for librarians in Puerto Rico. The certification was driven by the need to equip librarians with the skills and knowledge required to effectively support learners and educators in the evolving landscape of online education, technology, and information access.

Short courses and concentrated forms of study have existed throughout the history of education.  “Microaprendizaje: recorrido histórico del aprendizaje en fragmentos” notes the need for this type of learning and recommends its continued evolution in our technology-driven and fast-paced world.

In “La Integración de la Inteligencia Artificial en la Educación,” the ethical challenges of artificial intelligence in education are examined, with emphasis on the growing concerns about academic dishonesty. The article emphasizes the need to educate students about academic integrity, as well as offering recommendations on its use for educators.

As always, we hope that you find information you can use to increase student success at your institutions, and we hope that you will continue to explore further uses of the information presented.  We also hope that you will consider sharing your own experiences for others to learn from and adopt!

Pamela A. (Krauser) Vargas
HETS Online Journal Chief Editor & Director, Research and Grant Development Southeast Missouri State University

You will now be redirected to the new dedicated platform at the HETS Online Journal.