Evaluación de una Certificación para Docentes que Enseñan en Entornos Virtuales

By: Dr. Ivette Torres-Vera

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico


Evaluación de una Certificación para Docentes que Enseñan en Entornos Virtuales

Evaluation of a Certification for Professors who Teach in Virtual Environments



Este artículo presenta los hallazgos de un estudio realizado para determinar cuán eficiente es la certificación que utiliza una universidad privada en Puerto Rico para enseñar las competencias del docente virtual. El estudio utilizó un enfoque de investigación cuantitativa no experimental con un diseño transeccional descriptivo. La población del estudio estuvo constituida por el personal docente que tomó la certificación para enseñar cursos híbridos y a distancia que ofrece la institución. Para la realización del estudio se utilizó una muestra probabilística. La muestra fue seleccionada utilizando la técnica de muestra aleatoria simple. Para lograr el propósito de este estudio se utilizó un cuestionario en línea adaptado de la Escala de Competencias del Docente Virtual de Ruiz (2010). El instrumento midió la opinión de los docentes sobre las competencias pedagógica, tecnológica, interpersonal y gerencial que se enseñaron en la certificación. Los hallazgos reflejaron que las variables años de experiencia en la educación superior y años de experiencia como docente en la institución son factores que influyen en la dimensión tecnológica y gerencial. Se evidenció la necesidad de revisar la certificación y de crear un proceso de evaluación para determinar el nivel de conocimiento adquirido por el docente de las dimensiones de enseñanza virtual.


Palabras Claves

Educación a Distancia, Desarrollo Profesional, Aprendizaje a Distancia, Educación Superior, Competencias del Docente Virtual


Authors Volume VI, Spring Issue

Article 1: Evaluación de una certificación para docentes que enseñan en entornos virtuales.

Ivette_Torres_VeraAuthor: Dr. Ivette Torres Vera

Director Department of Chemistry
Associate Professor
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Dr. Ivette Torres-Vera is the Director of Department of Chemistry and Associate Professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PCUPR), Ponce Campus. She teaches online and face to face courses at PCUPR. Dr. Torres has a Doctoral Degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education of Nova Southeastern University. She received Dr. Charles L. Faires Dissertation of Distinction Academic Awards 2015 from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Torres has a Master Degree in Science – Specialization in Chemistry and a Bachelor Degree in Science – Specialization in Chemistry from the PCUPR. She has an Online Teaching Certificate from Sloan C 2010. Dr. Ivette Torres has been working in the field of online teaching and learning since 2006, planning, designing, and developing Physical Science Online Course and General Chemistry Blended Course at PCUPR. She has actively worked as a leader for the evaluation, development and reinforcement of the assessment processes and policies for online courses, f2f courses and instructional design.  She has offered training workshops for faculty in the area of ​​distance education and instructional design. Her current research interests include instructional strategies, online teaching and learning, faculty development, flipped classroom model and effective use of technology in the classroom to promote learning. She has presented her work in international and national conferences.

Contact info:
Address: College of Science, 2250 Boulevard Luis A. Ferré Aguayo, Suite 569, Ponce, P.R. 00717-9997
Phone: 787-841-2000   (X -1535-1537)
Fax: 787-651-2648
Email: itorres@pucpr.edu
Email:  ivettetorres2011@gmail.com
Linkedin: https://pr.linkedin.com/in/ivettetorres
Scoop.it: www.scoop.it/u/ivettetorres-vera
Twitter: https://twitter.com/torresive

Article 2: Hostos Online Learning Assessment: A Survey of Student Percetions.

KATEWOLFEAuthor: Dr. Kate Wolfe

Associate Professor
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Dr. Kate Wolfe is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hostos Community College, CUNY. She teaches a variety of psychology courses, including hybrid and online courses. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the Hostos Online Learning Assessment project and co-investigator on a project investigating quantitative reasoning skills among community college students. She is developing survey research project on attitudes about bisexual and transgender individuals in our urban community college sample. Her research interests include quantitative literacy among urban community college students, student perceptions of online learning, and urban college student attitudes toward sexual minorities.

Contact info:
Assistant Professor, Behavioral & Social Sciences Dept.
Online Learning Assessment Coordinator
Faculty Liaison to Education Technology
Hostos Community College, CUNY
Email: KWOLFE@hostos.cuny.edu

Hoiland18Author: Prof. Sarah L. Hoiland

Associate Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Sarah L. Hoiland is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at Hostos Community College, City University of New York (CUNY). She has spent five years conducting ethnographic research on motorcycle club subculture in New York City and in Florida. Currently, she’s the principal investigator of a research project on this subculture and is working on a book about the largest “outlaw” women’s motorcycle club in the United States. This research was funded by a PSC-CUNY grant in 2014-2015 and again in 2016-2017. Her pedagogical research interests include online learning assessment and student perceptions of their quantitative reasoning and quantitative literacy abilities. She has been teaching hybrid courses and service-learning courses since 2009.

Contact info:
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Behavioral and Social Sciences Department
Hostos Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
E- Portfolio (log in required): https://hostos.digication.com/professor_sarah_hoiland/Home

KateLyonsAuthor: Prof. Kate Lyons

Associate Professor, Library and Educational Technology
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Kate Lyons is Head of Reference and the IT Librarian at the Hostos Community College Library (of The City University of New York). She is also a Faculty Liaison to the Department of Educational Technology. Kate Lyons holds an MS in Management from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in English from Grinnell College.

Contact info:
Kate Lyons, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Technology
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Carlos_GuevaraAuthor: Carlos Guevara

Director, Educational Technology and CTL
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Carlos Guevara holds a BS and Master degrees in Computer Science from CUNY & NYU Poly, and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Instructional Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. With over 15 years of experience in Higher Education, Carlos works at Hostos Community College, CUNY, as Director of the Office of Educational Technology and Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Carlos is also Chair or the HEO Organization at Hostos, and Founder of the Ecuadorian Youth Organization, and Ecuadorian Scholars Fund.

Contact info:
Director, Office of Educational Technology
Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Hostos Community College
Email:  cguevara@hostos.cuny.edu
Web:    http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/edtech

Kris Burrell Head ShotAuthor: Dr. Kristopher Burrell

Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences,
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Dr. Kristopher Burrell is an Assistant Professor of History at Hostos Community College. He earned his doctoral degree in US History from the City University of New York-Graduate Center. His research interests include online learning assessment, in addition to 20th Century US and African American history. He has been teaching hybrid and asynchronous courses since 2014.

Contact info:
Kristopher Burrell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History, Behavioral and Social Sciences Department
Interim Co-Coordinator Writing Across the Curriculum Program
Hostos Community College

Dr. Jacqueline M. DiSantoAuthor: Dr. Jacqueline M. DiSanto

Assistant Professor,Education
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Dr. Jacqueline M. DiSanto has been involved in online education since her doctoral studies, where she completed six of the required courses online. She has created online and hybrid course sections and mentors colleagues through the design and implementation process. She also shares her expertise in learning styles with participants in the Hostos Asynchronous and Hybrid Initiatives with particular attention paid to meeting the needs of both global and analytic processors in the online environment, and incorporating visual, auditory, and tactual resources into the site design.  It is her strong conviction that the online environment is ideally suited to providing instruction that meets the emotional, environmental, physiological, psychological, and sociological learning-style traits of most students.

Contact info:
Jacqueline M. DiSanto, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Early-Childhood Education
Hostos Community College, CUNY
Email: jdisanto@hostos.cuny.edu

Author: Prof. Sandy Figueroa

Assistant Professor, Business
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Professor Sandy Figueroa has been at Hostos Community College since 1976 as an adjunct and then in 1979 as an instructor in the Secretarial Science Department. Since 1999, Professor Figueroa has been teaching in the Computer Information Systems Unit.  From 2003 until 2006, she was the chair of the Business Department. Currently, Professor Figueroa is the Coordinator for the Office Technology Unit of the Business Department. Professor Figueroa is chair of a number of college-wide committees and has served on a number of committees in the Business Department and the College.

Contact info:
Assistant Professor and Office Technology Coordinator, Business Department
Hostos Community College, CUNY
Email: mailto:SFIGUEROA@hostos.cuny.edu

Author: Dr. Aaron Davis

Instructional Designer, Educational Technology
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Dr. Aaron Davis is a three-time graduate of the University of Delaware, with an undergraduate degree in Fine Art, and a Masters and Doctorate in Education. As an instructional designer, Dr. Davis specializes in incorporating new media communication techniques in education, by adapting content from traditional education towards 21st century learning.

Contact info:
Aaron Davis
, BFA, M.Ed., Ed.D.
Instructional Designer, Office of Educational Technology
Hostos Community College, CUNY
Website: http://www.aarondavisart.com/education

Iber PomaAuthor: Iber Poma

Coordinator of Student Services, Educational Technology
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Iber Poma is a Computer Scientist interested in all modes of teaching and learning, especially hybrid and asynchronous. Have taught workshops to students considering to move from a face to face model to an online model. He is experienced with Lecture Capture and “Flip the Classroom” mode of instruction. He has led many initiatives out from the Office of Education Technology, including the iPads in the Classroom Initiative, in which iPads and apps are provided to students, thus bringing technology in the classroom.

Contact info:
Coordinator of Student Services, Educational Technology
Hostos Community College, CUNY
Email: ipoma@hostos.cuny.edu

Wilfredo RodriguezAuthor: Wilfredo Rodríguez

Coordinator, Educational Technology
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Wilfredo Rodríguez, office of Educational Technology Coordinator since April 2012. He have held different positions at the college. First as an ESL/Spanish tutor back in 2002 in the Coordinated Undergraduate Program (CFP). After working for two years in CFP and also facilitating writing workshops, he began working as an administrative assistance in 2004 for the Title V Grant.  When the grant expired, went to work for the Office of Academic Affairs as a HEO where undertook different responsibilities. Rodríguez holds a M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Lehman College. After graduating, he continuously keep renovating knowledge in the field by researching the newest technology and how it adapts to education. He’s always fascinated by programming and how it improves productivity and human life in general. Rodríguez have been programming in Asp.net MVC framework for a couple of years and had developed two applications already.

Contact info:
Address: Hostos Community College – CUNY, 500 Grand Concourse, C-556, Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: 718-319-7973
Email: WRODRIGUEZ@hostos.cuny.edu

Linda RidleyAuthor: Prof. Linda Ridley

Lecturer, Business
Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York

Linda Ridley is a Lecturer at CUNY’s Hostos Community College, where she teaches Entrepreneurship, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, and Introduction to Business.  Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor at other CUNY schools – the School of Professional Studies in the M.S. program for Business Management and Leadership, where she teaches Organizational Behavior and Leadership, and Managing Diversity in a Global Economy; and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, where she teaches Business Communications I and II. As a complement to her teaching, Linda is CEO of Edgar J. Ridley & Associates, Inc., an international management consulting firm specializing in change management.  Linda has been designated an Expert Consultant by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) out of Tokyo, Japan, and she services global clients, conducting workshops and training seminars in workplace effectiveness.  Linda has conducted training for women entrepreneurs from companies and organizations throughout Southeast Asia.  Linda has the additional prestige of being on the faculty of the American Management Association, where her portfolio includes corporate training in analytical topics such as Critical Thinking, High-Impact Decision Making, and High Performance Accountability. Linda studied at Virginia Commonwealth University; she earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She and her husband, Edgar, reside in Harlem, New York City.

Contact info:
Phone: 718-518-6522
Email: lridley@hostos.cuny.edu

Article 3: Impact of Simulated Game on Learning and Engagement.

NSarkar picAuthor: Dr. Nina Sarkar

Assistant Professor, Business Department
Queensborough Community College, CUNY, New York

Nina Sarkar holds a doctoral degree in International Finance from the University of Houston, TX. Her research focus involved testing the dynamics of exchange rates within target zone regimes of the European Monetary System. After completing her PhD, she pursued a corporate career for 7 years as a Financial Analyst and Analytical Consultant in India, Singapore and in the US. Through her corporate career, she was always in touch with the academic world, serving as visiting lecturer or adjunct professor. She is a full time Assistant Professor at Queensborough Community College, CUNY. She teaches Principles of Finance and Principles of Statistics in the Business Department of Queensborough Community College, CUNY. She also serves as a Chair of the Committee on Course and Standing, an elected member of the Departmental Personnel and Budget Committee and a Coordinator of the Management track of 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. During her time at Queensborough Community College, she has presented in several regional, national and international conferences and has published her research.

Christina Manzo picAuthor: Christina Manzo, MBA, CPA

Associate Professor, Business Department
Queensborough Community College, CUNY, New York

Christina 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, flipped classroom model, technology in the classroom, and experiential learning.

Article 4: Mending the Broken Promise: Our Students, Our Teachers, Our Missions.

Dr. Eduardo MartiAuthor: Dr. Eduardo Martí

President Emeritus
Queensborough Community College, CUNY, New York,

former Vice Chancellor
Community Colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), and

former HETS Chairman

Eduardo Martí, served as Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges of the City University of New York and is president emeritus Queensborough Community College.  Prior to his experience in NYC, he served as President of Corning Community College of the State University of New York (SUNY), and as President of SUNY’s Tompkins Cortland Community College.  Dr. Martí also served as Executive Dean of Tunxis Community College (Campus CEO, CAO) and Acting President of Middlesex Community College, both located in Connecticut Dr. Martí serves on the Board of Trustees of Teachers College at Columbia University, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for Aid to Education, and as a member of Gateway to College Board of Directors.  Previously, he served as a member of the NYS Governor’s Commission on Educational Reform. Previously, The College Board’s Advisory Board on Community Colleges as well as the Community College Research Center Advisory Board of Teachers College at Columbia University.  Additionally, he served as Chair of the Board for the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS).   Having previously served on the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), he was elected once again in March 2009-11. He was elected as a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in October 2010.  In 2011 he was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Panel for Educational Policy of the NYC Department of Education

Three times a graduate of New York University, Dr. Martí holds the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in biology from the institution.  He is the recipient of the Founders Day Award from New York University and was chosen as the recipient of the New York University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in November 2007.   In October 2008, the New York Post honored Dr. Marti with their Liberty Medal Award as a champion of human rights.  He was previously named to the Honor Roll of the Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. As the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad award, he spent June 2004 traveling in China with leaders of minority serving institutions

Contact info:

Email: Eduardo.marti70@gmail.com
Address: P.O.Box 967 East Orleans, MA 02643
Phone: 917-533-5162

Article 5: Reinventing Remedial Reading in the 21st Century: A Review of the Benefits and Challenges of a Hybrid Remedial Reading Course.

ToniAnnHernenAuthor: Prof. Toni Ann Hernen

Instructor, Department of Education and Reading
Bronx Community College, New York, NY

Toni Ann Hernen is an instructor in the Department of Education and Reading at Bronx Community College, since 2010.  Here she teaches developmental reading, child development, and first year seminar.  She earned her B.A. in History from Queens College, M.S. in Elementary Education from C.W. Post Long Island University, and is pursuing her Doctorate in Education from Northcentral University.

Her research interest includes effective instructional strategies to support the linguistically diverse student in college reading.  She has presented at local and national conferences focusing on best practices in developmental reading.  In addition, she has made numerous contributions to Bronx Community College’s Department of Education and Reading in the area of research and developmental reading support.  Professor Hernen currently is a member of the Teaching Academic and Survival Skills Proposal Review Committee and is a member of the International Literacy Association.  In March of 2016, she was asked to be part of the International Literacy Association’s small interest group meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Professor Hernen is author of Blogging in the College Classroom, and has recently finished and co-authored Teaching Critical Literacy: Statistically Measuring the Effectiveness of this Instructional Method in the Community College Developmental Reading Classroom.  She is also a member of her department’s research team and is leading the department’s “Reading Across the Discipline” lecture series.

Contact info:

Email: ToniHernen@gmail.com

Article 6: Strategies to Make Program Assessment Simple in a Digital Era: A Case Study.

Dr. Edilberto ArteagaAuthor: Dr. Edilberto Arteaga-Narvaez

Associate Professor, Natural Sciences Department
Inter American Univeristy of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus

Edilberto Arteaga-Narváez, is an Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences Department at Inter American University, Metropolitan Campus in Puerto Rico. Dr. Arteaga received his Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction in Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. He also holds a MS in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. From 2014 to present, he has served as assessment coordinator of Natural Sciences Academic Program. His research interests include physics learning, creative process in the learning and modeling of social systems through system dynamics.

Contact info:
Email: earteaga@intermetro.edu
Phone: (787) 250-1912 Ext. 2323

Dr. Kenia PargaAuthor: Dr. Kenia A. Parga Rivera

Assistant Professor
Natural Sciences Department
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus

Dr. Kenia A. Parga Rivera has a BS in Chemistry, from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus, which she completed in 2004. She also holds a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus, which she completed in 2013. In order to obtain this degree, she successfully defended the thesis: Fe8-based MRI Contrast Agents Targeted to Breast and Ovarian Cancer Cells.

She began working at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico-Metro Campus in 2014 as an Assistant Professor, where she teaches General Chemistry 1, General Chemistry 2, and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, at the undergraduate level. Since August 2014, Dr. Parga has been a member of the BS in Natural Sciences Program Assessment Committee.

Contact info:
Address: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico-Metro Campus, PO Box 191293, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919-1293
E-mail: kparga@intermetro.edu
Office Phone: 787-250-1912, X-2323
LinkedIn: https://pr.linkedin.com/in/keniaparga-846a9530

Dra. Lillian GayaAuthor: Dr. Lillian Gayá González

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, and
Professor, Biology Department
Inter American Univeristy of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus

Lillian Gayá González, PhD is a professor of Biology at the Department of Natural Sciences, Metropolitan Campus of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.  She served as President of the Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning Subcommittee for the 2013 MSCHE Self-Study and is currently Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Contact info:

Email: lgaya@intermetro.edu
Address: PO Box 191293, San Juan, PR 00919-1293
Office Phone: (787) 250-1912 X- 2527

Article 7: Uso de herramientas de interacción en la enseñanza de estadísticas en línea: retos y posibilidades.

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:
Email: mtorres@ponce.inter.edu
Phone: (787) 284-1912 X-2049
Fax: (787) 841-0103

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