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HETS Secretary Message

Dr. Carlos Vargas-SEMO

On this new academic scenario due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am particularly happy to present the Spring Issue, Volume X, of this publication. The HETS journal traditionally addresses relevant topics impacting technology and Hispanic Students; this Issue is no exception. This is the third volume that we integrated new areas of interest, including student retention and assessment, and the very important topic of student access. I invite you to share the link of this Journal with your colleagues. Moreover, if you have an innovative project or would like to share your knowledge and experience in any of these areas impacting higher education, please consider submitting an article for the Volume XI that will be published on Fall 2020.

Dr. Antonio Flores, HACU President & CEO

Moreover, I am delighted to announce that our next Fall Issue, Volume XI, will be another special collaborative effort between HETS and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), as a result of a successful Fall 2019 Issue publication together. This time, we welcome Dr. Marcela G. Cuellar from the University of California, Davis, who will represent HACU as invited editor. Also, we invite new reviewers to join this effort. 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 info@hets.org by August 31, 2020.

Finally, the deadline to submit your article for this Fall Issue is on or before September 25, 2020. Click here to download the guidelines to submit your article. Your submission should be an original work either in English or Spanish. Just send it to the HETS office via e-mail to: info@hets.org. The HETS Online Journal is included in EBSCO Publishing’s databases, and its mail goal of is share best practices and the latest information in higher education and showcase the exciting work being done by our colleagues.

Our sincere gratitude to the Editor in Chief, Pamela Vargas, and members of the Editorial Board: Dr. Ana Milena Lucumi, Mr. Sunil Gupta, Dr. Manuel Correa, Dr. Carlos Morales, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez, and Prof. Pura Centeno for once again, accepting the challenge of reviewing and selecting the articles among the many impressive submissions received. We would like to recognize the hard work, commitment and dedication of all.

I hope you find our Spring Issue both informative and interesting.


Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto
HETS Secretary (elected June 2020)
President, Southeast Missouri State University


 Editor’s Message

Pamela Vargas-Krauser

Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of the HETS Online Journal!

This has been a most unusual semester for faculty, staff and students alike, as we all adjust to new ways of learning, working, and interacting.  One thing that has not changed, though, is the need to support our students in order to increase their opportunities for success.  In fact, student access, retention and success are more important… and more challenging… now than ever, as is the use of technology in education.  Although most of these articles were in the works prior to the switch to fully online education and working remotely, they offer insights and suggestions that are pertinent to our current environment.

The article, El assessment en educación a distancia: Una comparación de programas en línea en una institución de educación postsecundaria, presents the results of a study that examined assessment and evaluation practices in courses offered online. It recommends an online program assessment model based on the best practices of distance education.

El Tiempo de Cambio y la Percepción de la «Generación Z» en la Educación discusses the many changes in our environment, including those necessitated by the spread of COVID-19. It considers the historical perspective of similar past events, and suggests that the changes implemented may have lasting positive impact.

The author of Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Hybrid Developmental Reading Course at One Urban Community College:  A Quasi-Experimental Comparative Study, sought to determine whether a hybrid method of instruction has an impact on student reading achievement. The results indicated that there was a significant impact, and the author recommends further study in differing socioeconomic backgrounds and geographic locations.

The author of Higher Education: Factors and Strategies for Student Retention examines strategies for institutions of higher education to confront the challenges of retaining students and offers suggestions that institutions and their faculty can use to increase retention.

The development of collaboration strategies for information sharing through interlibrary loans (ILL) services has become an important service to reduce the gap of information needed by researchers and scholars. The viewpoint article, Just-In-Time: the value of online integrated interlibrary loans to broaden access to information resources, details a collaboration strategy used between eight postsecondary institutions in Puerto Rico that are part of a library consortia.

Las expectativas del estudiantado subgraduado de un programa de aprendizaje en línea describes the translation and validation process of the “Student Expectations of Online Learning Survey” (SEOLS) questionnaire. It suggests that the results of this research can be useful in the design and review of courses and in the training of teachers who offer online courses.

The article, Mechanical engineering students’ struggles with units of measure, is somewhat of an exception to the usual topics covered in the journal. It does, however, contribute to the improvement of STEM education and student success within a specific STEM area.  It is being published in response to requests from faculty for more variety in topics during the pandemic. The article centers on the correct use of units of measure, a critical and fundamental skill that is often taken for granted but has a significant impact on student achievement.

In Teaching with an Online MLA Citation Module at a Hispanic and Minority Serving Community College: Design, Implementation, and Results, the author shares the design considerations, implications, and data analysis of an MLA citation online module created using Softchalk e-learning software. Statistical analysis of data collected showed the module to be effective, especially for students who knew little about MLA citation to begin with, and implies that such modules may help to close gaps in student knowledge created by cultural and linguistic bias.

And finally, Evolution of Lesson Plans in a Hybrid Course: Flipping the Classroom and Engaging through iPads and YouTube Videos, is paper that describes the design and implementation of technology in an early childhood education course to promote student engagement and community. The author relates how assigning brief YouTube videos based on the concepts they were studying initiated the exploration of social media use in the classroom.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the HETS Online Journal and that it sparks ideas to continue your support of student success, especially through the use of technology.  We wish you all well!

We thank you for your interest in this special edition of the journal. Happy reading!


Pamela A. (Krauser) Vargas

Director, Research and Grant Development
Southeast Missouri State University
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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone:  573.651.2196


 Call for Papers

hets-online-journalThe purpose of the HETS (Hispanic Educational Technology Services) Online Journal is to disseminate the research, findings, use and best practices in online education among those interested in this topic worldwide. The journal’s goals is to publish original, peer-reviewed and high quality scientific papers, research review, evidence-based articles, as well as other products of research in the fields of integration of technology, retention, assessment, and access and  in education to achieve student success. Click here to download the guidelines to prepare articles. With the article, authors must submit to the HETS office the following document: HOJ Publishing Agreement (revised on June 2016).  Submission deadline for Volume XI,  Fall Edition its due September 25, 2020. 

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