Authors Volume X, Spring Issue

Article 1: El assessment en educación a distancia: Una comparación de programas en línea en una institución de educación postsecundaria

Dr. Bernardette Feliciano-Quiñones
Full Professor
Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Ponce Campus

Dr. Bernardette Feliciano-Quiñones is a full professor at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus. She teaches online courses at different levels. Her areas of expertise include mathematics, distance learning, assessment, program evaluation, and curriculum development. Doctor Feliciano-Quiñones earned a doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, a Master of Science in Mathematics from Salem State College and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching of Mathematics from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

For more than two decades she has been working with the topic of assessment, offering several workshops and conferences. She has been involved in departmental and campus assessment. For the last seven years, Doctor Feliciano Quiñones has been the coordinator of Strengthening Mathematics Learning Project (FAMA) at UIPR-Ponce Campus. She has also been mentoring doctoral candidates in the Doctorate in Education in Leadership and Instruction in Online Education (EdD).

Contact information:
Email: bfelicia@ponce.inter.edu
Phone: (787) 220-5071


Article 2: El Tiempo de Cambio y la Percepción de la «Generación Z» en la Educación

Dr. Brenda Lee Morales
Universidad Ana G. Méndez | Keiser University

Dr. Brenda Lee Morales holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Elementary Education from Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. A few years later he completed a Master’s degree in Educational Administration at the same institution. In 2016, he completed a PhD in Educational Leadership at Keiser University where he had already earned a Specialist in Education degree. Finally, in the academic aspect, Dr. Morales holds a Post- Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Walden University. She is currently doing another Post-Doctorate at Walden University in the Human Resources area. In terms of work and professional career, she has 27 years of experience working in the field of education in several positions as a teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Director of Federal Educational Proposals, Academic Dean, among others. He has worked at all levels of the education system in Puerto Rico, from Head Start to High School and at the university level. Eleven years ago she began as Director of Federal Proposals and Professor of University Institutions, and currently serves as Title V Graduate Project Director at Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Gurabo Campus in Puerto Rico. She is also working as a graduate professor in the Educational Graduate Program Master and PhD Degree at Keiser University.

Contact information:
Email: brmorales@uagm.edu
Email: bmorales@keiseruniversity.edu

Dr. Angiemarie Rivera
Keiser University

Dr. Angiemarie Rivera holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in Liberal Arts, a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Administration and Educational Supervision from Dowling College, a Doctorate in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, and a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Adults from the University of Berne.

Dr. Rivera has worked as an elementary education leader in a private educational institution in Puerto Rico. She has also served as a professor at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Puerto Rico, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Universidad del Este (Ana G. Méndez), National University College Online in the Master’s Program in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership. She is also working as a graduate professor in the Educational Graduate Program Master and Doctorate Degree at Keiser University.

Contact information:
Email: anrivera@keiseruniversity.edu

Javier Herrera
Student Candidate
Master of Science in Educational Leadership
Keiser University

Javier Herrera holds a Certification of Systemic Team Coaching Diploma from Logos Christian University in 2017. In the same year he completed a Certified Trainer of the Logos International Leadership Program, and a Certification in Educational Leadership at the same institution. In 2018, he completed a Bachelor Theological Studies, Leadership & Organization at the same university, and Leadership Certificate from Training Institute of Precept International Ministry in 2019. He is currently attending a MS Student in Leadership Education of Keiser University. In terms of work and professional career he has 35 years of experience in educational science studies in the areas of biology, coaching, theology, and leadership, at different levels of adult education, as a teacher in high school, college, and several spiritual growth groups. He has comprehensive work experience in research, training, and evaluation of leadership development and community development programs in Colombia. Javier Herrera’s vision is to work for the integral development of students as builders of a better society.

Contact information:
Email: J.Herrera32@student.keiseruniversity.edu


Article 3: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Hybrid Developmental Reading Course at One Urban Community College: A Quasi-Experimental Comparative Study

Dr. Toni Ann Hernen
Assistant Professor
Bronx Community College
Department of Education & Academic Literacy

Dr. Hernen is currently an Assistant Professor at Bronx Community College in the Department of Education and Academic Literacy.  She has spent her tenure at Bronx Community College designing a hybrid developmental reading course and working with students on academic probation.  Most recently, Dr. Hernen created a mentoring course for aspiring educators to work with students placed on academic probation.  Dr. Hernen is also a student teacher supervisor and seminar instructor where she works with New York City’s future teachers.  Prior to her work at Bronx Community College, Dr. Hernen was an Early College Academy Instructor at York College in New York City.  Here she assisted high school seniors in preparing them for the college transition.  Aside from her instructional work, Dr. Hernen is the author of many research journals focusing on English Language Learners, hybrid reading, first-generation college students and the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Contact information:
Email: ToniHernen@gmail.com
Phone: 516-459-3846

Dr. Michael Shriner
Full Professor
School of Education
Northcentral University

Dr. Michael Shriner is currently a full professor in the School of Education at Northcentral University. Prior to working at Northcentral University, Dr. Shriner was a study director at Westat in Rockville, Maryland, where he worked on the National Children’s Study, which was administered by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and on the national evaluation of the developmental disabilities programs administered under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. Dr. Shriner has served as a program evaluator and statistical consultant for various grants administered by the U.S. Department of Education. He is an author of numerous research articles and a coauthor of the textbooks Supporting Children’s Socialization: A Developmental Approach, Essential of Lifespan Development: A Topical Approach, and Lifespan 360: Christian Perspectives on Human Development.

Contact information:
Email: Mshriner@ncu.edu
Phone: 312-343-4651
Toll Free: 844-628-3447


Article 4: Higher Education: Factors and Strategies for Student Retention

Bárbara Flores Caballero, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Education Department and Academic Literacy
Bronx Community College, New York

I am Assistant Professor at the Bronx Community College in New York, researcher, author, International writer, member of the doctoral dissertation committee, International speaker, Podcaster, Youtuber, collaborator in television media. Specialist in Educational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. I have dedicated my professional career to educating children, teenagers and adults in Puerto Rico, North Carolina and New York.

I have 15 years of experience in the field of Education. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics, a Master in Business Administration in Human Resources and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. I have been part of Speaker and writer in places like Spain, Mexico, Chile, US and Puerto Rico. In addition, I have participated as an expert in Research with Cuba and as a judge in the content validation process in Puerto Rico and in the television media in North Carolina and New York. I have also worked in volunteer and community work in Puerto Rico, North Carolina and New York.

Contact information:
Email: Barbara.flores-caba@bcc.cuny.edu
Phone: 910-372-2491
Blog: www.barbaraflores.info
LinkedIn: Dr. Barbara Flores-Caballero
Podcast: Transforming Knowledge
Instagram|Facebook|Twitter: @barbarafloresei


Article 5: Just-In-Time: the value of online integrated interlibrary loans to broaden access to information resources

Carlos Crespo Santiago
Executive Director
COBIMET inc.

Carlos Crespo Santiago is the Executive Director for COBIMET, inc. and has more than 20 years work experience in higher education institutions in both public and private sector, pharmaceutical industry and government. Has experience in project management, personnel management and budget administration.

Contact information:
Email: ccrespo@cobimet.org
Phone: 787-726-1709


Article 6: Las expectativas del estudiantado subgraduado de un programa de aprendizaje en línea

Dr. Marcos Torres
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 information:
Dr.  Marcos Torres
Full professor, Distance Education Department
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Campus
Email: mtorres@ponce.inter.edu
Phone: (787) 284-1912 X-2049
Fax: (787) 841-0103

Dr. Omayra Caraballo Pagán
Assistant Vice President
Distance Education
InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico

Dr. Omayra Caraballo Pagán is an Assistant Vice President of Distance Education at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico, a nonprofit higher education institution, and has a high recognition for its distance academic offering.

Doctor Caraballo has had an outstanding career in professional service. She has two master’s degrees, one in Human Resources and one in Information Systems, and a doctoral degree in Education in Instructional Technology and Distance Education.

During the last decade, she served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, in charge of the distance education management of the Ponce Campus. There she had under his direction two academic departments, one postgraduate and one graduated, with 30 full-time and over 80 part-time teachers and a team of fifteen other collaborators, including curricular, content, production, and technical support for various specialized functions. This transdisciplinary team has articulated the design of over 350 online courses and served annually to a student population of over 3,500 students taking courses in distance mode in that academic unit.

Among his most outstanding achievements is the design and development of an Associate Deanship of Academic Affairs, the Center for Innovation and Creativity in Education, the integration of a team for the online students’ services and the development of a Center of Clinical Simulation Scenarios in the Department of Health Sciences and the Project of Academic Enrichment for the Online Faculty. Through this project, continuous training of the faculty in the aspects associated with distance education has been achieved, namely the acquisition of technological, research, pedagogical, social, and academic leadership skills.

Doctor Caraballo has been characterized by promoting a critical, adaptive, and entrepreneurial leadership model for academic management, as well as promoting the quality, effectiveness, and integrity of distance education nationally and internationally. Several of its innovative initiatives and projects have won recognition from external organizations.

Due to her administrative experience in the field of distance education, her services have been requested to participate as an evaluator in licensing and program authorization of private universities in Puerto Rico. In addition, she has given lectures and workshops in various areas of knowledge: companies, computers, distance education, academic and administrative management, national and international.

Contact information:
Email: ocaraballo@inter.edu
Phone: 787-692-3038


Article 7: Mechanical engineering students’ struggles with units of measure

Juan C. Morales Brignac, Ph.D., P.E.
Mechanical Engineering Department Head
Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo Campus

Dr. Morales has been an engineering professor at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo Campus (former Universidad del Turabo) since 1995.  He has also held several administrative posts, including ABET Coordinator for the School of Engineering. In this job post he coordinated the efforts that resulted in the first ABET accreditations of all the existing bachelor programs in engineering, including the creation and implementation of an outcomes assessment program that engages 100% of the faculty.  Dr. Morales has been the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department since 2003.  He co-authored the proposal to establish a Master’s program in Mechanical Engineering with specializations in Renewable Energy, and in Aerospace Engineering. The main objective of this first engineering master’s program at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo was to transition from a teaching program to a teaching-and-research program.  Dr. Morales won a $4.34 million grant from the US Department of Education which fund a faculty development program that has the potential to transform the manner in which engineering education is taught.  Dr. Morales has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University; an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.  Prior to joining Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Dr. Morales worked seven years in industry, including five years with the General Electric Company in Niskayuna, NY (KAPL) where he worked in the mechanical design of a new-concept steam generator.

Contact information:
Email: jcmorales@uagm.edu


Article 8: Teaching with an Online MLA Citation Module at a Hispanic and Minority Serving Community College: Design, Implementation, and Results

Rob McAlear
Assistant Professor
Queensborough Community College English Department

Rob McAlear teaches courses in writing and literature at Queensborough Community College. His pedagogical research is focused on empowering students to understand the work of the English classroom as an extension of the rhetorical and analytic skills they already use in their daily lives.

Contact information:
Email: rmcalear@qcc.cuny.edu


Article 9: The Evolution of Lesson Plans in a Hybrid Course: Flipping the Classroom and Engaging Students Through iPads and YouTube Videos

Dr. Sherese A. Mitchell
Associate Professor
Hostos Community College, Bronx, New York

Sherese A. Mitchell has served as an Assistant Professor at Hostos Community College for 12 years. She holds an Educational Doctorate in Instructional Leadership with a focus in Learning Styles. Prior to working in academics, she spent 20 years in the field working with children in various settings and leadership roles. Dr. Mitchell has brought that experience to her current instructional position to future educators enrolled in methods courses at Hostos. In those courses, she constantly invites student- and colleague- feedback to revise course organization and content to meet the varied learning needs of all students. She is passionate about student accountability and classroom management and provides staff development on such. Dr. Mitchell is a strong advocate of student accountability and serves as a chair of the Student Disciplinary and Instructional Evaluation committees at Hostos. She is an Executive board member of NACCTEP (National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs) and the Children’s center at Hostos. Additionally, she provides voluntary services of staff development in educational settings and is the Academic Director at a summer camp. Beyond learning-style and note-taking research, Dr. Mitchell has presented many papers at National, local and regional conferences.

Contact information:
Sherese A. Mitchell
Associate Professor
500 Grand Concourse (Room A107)
Email: smitchell@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-4413


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The Practice of Peer Observation.

By: Jacqueline M. DiSanto, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Education; Sandy Figueroa, M.S., Associate Professor, Business; Carlos Guevara, M.S., Director, Office of Educational Technology; Antonios Varelas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences; Diana Macri, M.S.Ed., R.D.H.,  Assistant Professor, Allied Health;
Andrea Fabrizio, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English; Sherese Mitchell, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Education; Sean Gerrity, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English

Hostos Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY)

 

Abstract

     This paper discusses existing literature on peer observation. It also focuses on work done by an investigative, information-sharing committee at an urban community college in the South Bronx that was created to communicate best practices for conducting peer observations. The Peer Observation Improvement Network for Teaching (POINT) committee views peer observations as faculty-development opportunities that can lead to improved teaching. Using pre- and post-observation conversations to share pedagogy and resources, writing recommendations for growth, and conducting faculty observations in an online environment are examples of topics addressed by POINT.

Key words:  collegial conversations, faculty development, online learning, peer observation, professional growth.

 

Sherese Mitchell, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Hostos Community College, Bronx, New York

Sherese A. Mitchell has served as an Assistant Professor at Hostos Community College for 12 years. She holds an Educational Doctorate in Instructional Leadership with a focus in Learning Styles. Prior to working in academics, she spent 20 years in the field working with children in various settings and leadership roles. Dr. Mitchell has brought that experience to her current instructional position to future educators enrolled in methods courses at Hostos. In those courses, she constantly invites student- and colleague- feedback to revise course organization and content to meet the varied learning needs of all students. She is passionate about student accountability and classroom management and provides staff development on such. Dr. Mitchell is a strong advocate of student accountability and serves as a chair of the Student Disciplinary and Instructional Evaluation committees at Hostos. She is an Executive board member of NACCTEP (National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs) and the Children’s center at Hostos. Additionally, she provides voluntary services of staff development in educational settings and is the Academic Director at a summer camp. Beyond learning-style and note-taking research, Dr. Mitchell has presented many papers at National, local and regional conferences.

Contact information:
Sherese A. Mitchell
Associate Professor
500 Grand Concourse (Room A107)
Email: smitchell@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-4413

 

Online Learning: No Worries at Community Colleges.

By: Dr. Sherese A. Mitchell

Assistant Professor

Institution: Hostos Community College

500 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10541

Online Learning: No Worries at Community Colleges

Abstract

There has been an increase in online course enrollment through the years. More students are enrolled in these courses as a result of budget benefits and student interest. Typically, students take some time to become oriented to these courses and ask questions, especially about the navigation. This paper describes the design, content, and implementation of the training folder “Before Your Course Begins” that teachers can use to engage students before the start of an online course.

 

In the last decade, there has been an increase in online course enrollment in community colleges (Saltarelli & Roster, 2014). More students are enrolled in these institutions because of student interest in the classes offered, as well as lower tuition.  Typically, students take some time to become oriented to the courses and ask numerous questions, and this is especially true of those new to online courses. This paper describes the design, contents, and implementation of the online folder “Before Your Course Begins” that was created to engage students before the start of the course. This study is based on my work at Hostos Community. The strategies outlined here can be used to keep students engaged.

Authors Volume VII, Spring Issue

Article 1: The Need for Social Workers Along the South Texas-Mexico Border: Meeting the Need Through Distance Education

Author: Dr. Denise A. Longoria

Assistant Professor of Social Work
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Dr. Denise A. Longoria is an assistant professor of social work at UTRGV.  She holds an MSSW from University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University.  Her areas of interest and expertise include social work practice, family violence issues, working with older adults, mental health issues, and social work education.    In addition to teaching social work courses, Dr. Longoria is responsible for recruitment and advising of Laredo students enrolled in the distance education program.  Dr. Longoria maintains a small private practice where she provides individual and couples’ therapy.

Contact Info:
Denise Longoria, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mail Address: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
1201 W. University Dr.
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 665-3575
Fax: (956) 665-3516
Email: denise.longoria@utrgv.edu

Author: John M. Gonzalez, Ph. D., LMSW

Associate Professor and MSSW Program Director
Social Work Department
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

John M. Gonzalez, PhD, LMSW, associate professor at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, Department of Social Work. He is also the Director of the MSSW Program. His research interests are older Latinos and mental health services. He also authored and co-authored publications on older Latinos and mental health services and older adults overcoming oppression.


Article 2: Online Learning: No Worries at Community Colleges

Author: Dr. Sherese A. Mitchell

Assistant Professor
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Dr. Sherese A. Mitchell has served as an Assistant Professor at Hostos Community College for 9 years. She holds an Educational Doctorate in instructional Leadership with a focus in Learning Styles. Prior to working in academics, she spent 20 years in the field working with children in various settings and leadership roles. Dr. Mitchell has brought that experience to her current instructional position to future educators enrolled in methods courses at Hotos. In those courses, she constantly invites student- and colleague- feedback to revise course organization and content to meet the varied learning needs of all students. She is passionate about student accountability and classroom management and provides staff development on such. Dr. Mitchell is a strong advocate of student accountability and serves as a chair of the Student Disciplinary and Instructional Evaluation committees at Hostos. She is an Executive board member of NACCTEP (National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs) and the Children’s center at Hostos. Additionally, she provides voluntary services of staff development in educational settings and is the Academic Director at a summer camp. Beyond learning-style and note-taking research, Dr. Mitchell has presented many papers at National, local and regional conferences.

Contact info:
Dr. Sherese A. Mitchell
Assistant Professor
Hostos Community College, CUNY
Mail Address: Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse (Room A107)
Phone: (718) 518-4413
Email: smitchell@hostos.cuny.edu


Article 3: Relación entre las características socioeconómicas de los estudiantes de un Colegio Comunal en la ciudad de Nueva York con las calificaciones obtenidas en Cursos de Educación Asincrónicos.

Author: Dr. Sonia Maldonado Torres

Assistant Professor
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Dr. Sonia Maldonado Torres was born in Puerto Rico and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She possesses two Masters’ degrees—one in Guidance and Counseling from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and a second one in Educational Psychology from SUNY at Albany. She completed a doctoral degree in Education and Leadership at Fielding University in California. In 1996 she moved to New York City and began working at Hostos Community College (HCC) spending fifteen (15) years of her academic career working as an academic counselor in the Division of SDEM. In 2011, Dr. Maldonado Torres joined the Teachers Education Unit where she is currently working as an Assistant Professor. Some of the courses she imparts within the Unit are: Introduction to Education, Social Studies and Language Arts for Bilingual Students, Multicultural Education, Special Education, and Creative Arts among others.

Dr. Maldonado Torres has published her research work in different reputable journals and had served as editor in Journals such as Journal of Latinos in Education and the Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education. Her research interests are mainly focused on 1) Latino students’ learning styles, 2) Students’ graduation and retention, 3) English Language Learners (ELL), and 4) Multiculturalism. She has presented her research findings in National and International Conferences such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and in different colleges and universities around the nation.

Contact Info:
Dr. Sonia Maldonado Torres
Assistant Professor
Hostos Community College, CUNY
Phone: (646) 298-5633
Email: smaldonado@hostos.cuny.edu


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