Authors Volume VI, Fall Issue

Article 1: Comparison of Student’s retention of core concepts in Traditional, Hybrid and Writing-Intensive Allied Health Microbiology and Infection Control Courses.

Shazia Khan HETS #2Author: Dr. Shazia Khan

Associate Professor
Biological Sciences Department
Bronx Community College, C.U.N.Y.

Nina Sarkar is an Associate Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, Bronx Community College of City University of New York. Prior to coming to BCC, she served as an Adjunct Lecturer at both Hostos Community College and Lehman College. While at Lehman College, earned her Doctorate in Biology (subprogram Plant Sciences) as a CUNY Graduate Center student. Sarkar joined BCC as assistant professor in 2003. There became interested in Pedagogical research when asked to put together a professional Development Plan, and believe that that was one of the best thing that happened to her, since it has allowed her to reflect on my teaching and to improve and grow as an educator.

  Dr. Sarkar teach various Biology courses in the department and have had the opportunity to work with students from all academic programs. Was selected to serve as STEM Faculty from Biology department to design and conduct NSF grant funded workshops for students interested in science majors.  Have been the course coordinator for Microbiology and Infection Control (BIO 28) and Diagnostic Microbiology (BIO 44) for years. She teach Writing-Intensive, Traditional and Hybrid versions of Microbiology and Infection Control course. As a course coordinator she have been an integral part of developing assessment tools for the Microbiology Courses mentioned above and responsible for collecting and compiling the assessment data every semester and submitting report to the College. Professional affiliations include; the Metropolitan Association of College & University Biologists, the American Society of Microbiologists.

Contact info:

Address: CUNY, 2155 University Avenue, Meister Hall, Bronx, New York 10453
Office: 718- 289 -5526
Home: 914-787-8422


Article 2: Engaging Students with Technology in an Asynchronous Learning Environment.

Authors: Prof. Christina Manzo, Dr. Wendy Ford and Dr. Nina Sarkar

Queensborough Community College, CUNY

ManzoChristina_facultyPhotoMonth2015-Selected2-1Christina Manzo is an Assistant Professor in the Business Department at Queensborough Community College in New York City. Prior to her present status, she was a Vice President – Senior Credit Analysis for the Dime Savings Bank of New York and an Associate Business Manager for the City University of New York. In her current position, she teaches accounting and other business related courses. Her research concerns comprise eLearning, the flipped classroom model, technology in the classroom, academic integrity, service learning and learning communities. She may be reached at

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wendy ford2Wendy Ford, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Queensborough Community College in the Business Department. Prior to teaching full-time, Wendy was an information systems consulting manager for Ernst & Young and she also designed and managed information systems for McGraw-Hill. Her research interests include eLearning, service learning, student engagement, web site design, and small business information systems. She may be reached at

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NinaNina Sarkar holds a doctoral degree in International Finance from the University of Houston, TX. Her research involved testing the dynamics of exchange rates within target zone regimes of the European Monetary System. She is Assistant Professor at Queensborough Community College and teaches Principles of Finance and Principles of Statistics in the Business Department. Currently her research focus is on the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is especially interested in making an impact on student academic performances and uses innovative teaching techniques based on sound pedagogical practices to achieve that. She may be reached at

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Article 3: Exploring a Video Repository Solution for Education and Administration.

patricia kahnAuthor: Patricia Kahn, Ph. D.

Assistant Vice President for Technology Systems
College of Staten Island

Patricia Kahn, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice President for Technology Systems at the College of Staten Island. Dr. Kahn has over 15 years’ experience in higher education technology services and 10 years’ experience working in training and technology for the private sector.

Prior to coming to CSI, Dr. Kahn held the position of Executive Director of Information Technology Services at Brookdale Community College. While at Brookdale, she served as a member of the IT Executive Council for the College, oversaw the implementation of major technological advancements as well as directed activities relevant to budget planning and policy development. Dr. Kahn also has extensive experience in academic technology and distance learning.  During her nine-year tenure at Montclair State University, Dr. Kahn held various Information Technology administrative positions where she led the successful implementation of distance learning initiatives, managed the Blackboard Learning Management System, and directed a team of Instructional Designers. Dr. Kahn received her BS and MBA from Manhattan College, and her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University, with a concentration in Instructional Design and Online Learning.

Contact info:
Address: The College of Staten Island, CUNY, 2A-303A
Phone: 718-982-2209


Article 4: Las Universidades y el Acceso a los Recursos Educativos Abiertos.

foto HETS - Dr Edgar Rodríguez RíosAuthor: Dr. Edgar Rodríguez Ríos

Associate Professor
Executive Director
Office of Telecommunications and Information Technology
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Dr. Edgar Rodríguez has a BA in Economics from the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus which he completed in 1992. He also holds an MA in Economics from the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus. To complete this degree, he approved the thesis: The Social Costs of Adjustment Fund-Supported Program: The Mexican Case. In this research three articles were published. In 2007, he completed a DBA in General Business from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. To complete the degree, he successfully defended a doctoral dissertation titled: The Impact of Uncertainty Business Environment in the Strategic Posture, Strategic Flexibility, and Organizational Design Flexibility in Local Manufacturing Companies in Puerto Rico.

He began working at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in 1996 as a Professor, where he teaches courses in economics, finance, statistics, and research at graduate and undergraduate level. From 2008 to 2012, he served as Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate School of Business Administration of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He has been speaker in various forums and conferences about Economics, Technology in Higher Education and Social Capital in Puerto Rico. Since July 2012, Dr. Rodríguez is the Executive Director of Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

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Phone: (787) 923-0086
Twiiter: @edrodrios
Facebook: Edgar Rodríguez Ríos
LinkedIn: Edgar Rodríguez


Article 5: Reflexiones sobre las competencias y destrezas necesarias para enseñar cursos en línea.

Dr. Marcos Torres2015Author: Marcos Torres-Nazario Ed.D. IR Certificate

Full professor
Distance Education Department
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Campus

Dr. Marcos Torres-Nazario teaches online and face-to-face courses of statistics and research, at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR) Ponce Campus. He received the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from the Inter American University Metro Campus. Also completed a Post Master Certificate in Institutional Research from Florida State University. In 2013 completed a Master Degree in Research and Evaluation at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. During the Summer of 2015 completed the ELearning Expert Certificate from FATLA.

Contact info:
Phone: (787) 284-1912 X-2049
Fax: (787) 841-0103

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