ISSN 2693-9193


HETS Chair Message

In this new academic scenario, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, I am thrilled to present the Spring Issue, Volume XI, of this publication. The HETS journal traditionally addresses relevant topics impacting technology and Hispanic Students; this issue is no exception. The Spring issue is the fourth volume that we integrated new areas of interest, including student retention and assessment and the critical topic of student access. Also, we are delighted to announce that this publication included the ISSN 2693-9193 number that has been granted to our Online Journal. This activity is the first phase of a plan to increase the visibility and possibility of the Journal articles citations after an analysis carried out in the 38 criteria for evaluation of electronic journals of the LATINDEX Organization.

I invite you to share the link to 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 Volume XII to be published in Fall 2021 on or before September 24, 2021. Also, we invite new reviewers to join this effort. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please submit a letter of interest with a copy of your curriculum vitae to info@hets.org.


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

 Editor’s Message

Pamela Vargas-Krauser

Spring is finally here, and with it comes a new edition of the HETS Online Journal. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected higher education in many ways, with one of the most common impacts being an increase in virtual and online learning. As many campuses rushed to adapt to social distancing requirements, online learning and technology took on elevated roles. As part of its mission, HETS has been a pioneer in focusing on the use of technology in student success.

Since our member institutions were studying and evaluating the use of technology before the pandemic, some already had valuable information that applies to the electronic delivery of courses and services almost ready to publish or share. This edition contains several projects started before the pandemic that have implications for our current situation and suggest further study. Other authors were quick to adapt to the changing environment and almost immediately sought ways to study the impact of those changes on their institutions, faculty, and students.

As a bilingual organization with a Hispanic focus, we have a selection that includes some articles written in English, as well as some written in Spanish. We hope that you will enjoy reading what your colleagues have learned and shared, and, most importantly, we hope that you will find ideas that you can study or implement at your own institutions.

In this issue, we are delighted to share seven articles, as follows:

  1. An Open Educational Resource for Teaching Revision: Flesch-Kincaid Readability Statistics explores the use of an open educational resource, Flesh-Kincaid Readability Statistics, to complement teaching college reading and writing skills.
  2. Comparison of Connectedness in Online, Blended, and Face-to-Face Research Methods Courses among Hispanic and Low-Income Students compares the perceptions of students’ connectedness with their peers and instructor at a Hispanic Serving Institution, using a research methods course that was taught by the same instructor in three different modalities: online only, blended, and face-to-face.
  3. Developing Graduate Student Workshops at a Predominantly Hispanic Serving Institution assesses the pre-test and post-test outcomes of two newly developed graduate student workshops covering topics in writing and research.
  4. Integración del Aprendizaje Móvil en la Educación a Distancia en Puerto Rico examines whether mobile learning is considered as part of the instructional design of online courses if the integration is done with a defined instructional model, and how learning platforms contribute to this integration.
  5. Relación entre el Nivel de Liderazgo del Profesor y la Retención Estudiantil de una Institución de Educación Superior considers the level of faculty leadership and its effect on student retention.
  6. Sistema de Gestión de Aprendizaje para la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera compares two learning management systems, Blackboard and Canvas, and their potential use for a Spanish-as-a-foreign language program in an institution of higher education.
  7. Understanding the Challenges of Teaching Writing Online during the Pandemic at an Urban Community College analyzes a faculty survey conducted in Fall 2020 to help determine how faculty rapidly adapted to teaching in the distance learning modality.

Thank you for your interest in the HETS Online Journal. Also, thanks to our reviewers for their valuable collaboration in helping us select the best articles to share with you every semester. We hope that you’ve found it to be a resource that will help you and your institution navigate the sea of change we are all experiencing. And in the spirit of “We’re all in this together,” we hope that you will consider submitting an article to share your own findings and experience through our Journal

Stay safe and well, everyone!

Pamela A. (Krauser) Vargas
Director, Research and Grant Development
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
MS 4400
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 goal is to publish original, peer-reviewed, and high-quality scientific papers, research reviews, 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).  The submission deadline for Volume XII, Fall Edition it’s due September 24, 2021. 

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