HETS Chairman’s Message

Dr. Carlos Vargas-SEMO I am particularly happy to present the Spring Issue, Volume IX, 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 hope you will share the link to this Journal with your colleagues.  And if you have an innovative technique or would like to share your knowledge and experience in any of these areas impacting higher education, please consider submitting an article for the special edition of Volume X, in a collaboration with HACU, that will be published this Fall on or before September 13, 2019. This special edition of the journal will feature articles authored and reviewed by members of both organizations.

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. Through publications such as the HETS Online Journal, which is included in EBSCO Publishing’s databases, we can share the latest and best information with others in higher education and focus a wide spotlight on the exciting work being done by our colleagues.

Our sincere gratitude to editor in Chief, Pamela Vargas, and members of the Editorial Board: Dr. Ana Milena Lucumi, Mr. Sunil Gupta, Dr. Manuel Correa, Dr. Carlos Morales, Mr. Carlos Guevara, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez, and Prof. Pura Centeno for 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 Chair
President, Southeast Missouri State University

 Editor’s Message

Pamela Vargas-Krauser

It’s finally spring, and nature is blooming with excitement!  Spring at institutions of higher education means the end of one academic year, but it’s also a time to plant the seeds for the next year. The HETS Online Journal, Volume IX, Spring Issue, is filled with ideas that you may choose to incorporate and grow upon at your own campuses. As always, the articles offer insight to help Hispanic students succeed.  Many topics deal with the use of technology in student success, but all are geared towards increasing access, retention, and graduation.

On the first article presented in the issue, Implementation of a Civic Engagement Community Change Model by a Community College through the Integration of Technology and Social Media as a Strategic Element, civic engagement and community change are highlighted as pathways to providing educational opportunity in underserved and marginalized communities. This article also considers the need for the institution, particularly a community college, to be responsive to the needs of the community.

Hispanic Students and Online Learning: Factors of Success, presents the results of a study focused on understanding the perceptions of Hispanic post-traditional college student perceptions of the factors that determine success in an online learning are presented. The study consisted of survey, interview, and focus group data.

Teaching Online at a South Bronx Community College focuses on the college’s experiences with education technology and online learning. The article offers evidence to dispel the belief that community college students are frequently not successful in online courses. It also explores faculty perceptions of online teaching and suggests things that higher education administrators can do to support faculty who teach online courses.

Article The Practice of Peer Observation examines existing literature on peer observation and presents results from a committee convened is presented as a faculty development opportunity that can improve teaching.

Tendencias en la Evaluación de Cursos en Línea identifies trends in the evaluation of online courses and concludes that there is a clear tendency to evaluate the effectiveness and quality of online courses. It recommends that evaluation of online courses be systematic, rather than limited to the study of achievement and student satisfaction.

To Blend or not to Blend: A Case Study of On-line Learning in General Biology suggests that the most compelling motivation for community college students to take online courses is often the need to juggle work and family obligations in addition to their studies. It also notes that these students are the very ones who tend to underperform in online courses. This case study compares the performance of students taking a hybrid general Biology 1 course to students in the classic lecture sections of the course.

Last, but not least Zoom: An Innovative Solution for the Live-online Virtual Classroom is a case study of a courseware experience that used Zoom to create live-online virtual classrooms. The article describes setting up the Zoom account and the live-online virtual classroom. It shares virtual classroom and live-online evaluation experiences and provides recommendations for best practices for hosting and studying in a live-online virtual classroom.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the HETS Online Journal, and also encourage you to share your own experiences and best practices for future issues of the Journal. You can submit articles on or before September 13, 2019 for the special edition of Volume X, which will be in a collaboration with HACU. This special edition will feature articles authored and reviewed by members of both organizations. We wish you a happy spring and summer!


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 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 X,  Fall Edition is September 13, 2019. This special edition of the journal will feature articles authored and reviewed by members of both organizations.

“Take education to a higher level. Let’s share our knowledge with the world”