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Dr. Kate Wolfe

Kate Wolfe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Behavioral & Social Sciences Dept.Chair
Educational Technology & Leadership Council (ETLC)
Co-Chair Hostos Online Learning Assessment (HOLA) Committee
Faculty Liaison to Education Technology
Hostos Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Kate Wolfe earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Houston. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at Hostos Community College, CUNY. She is a social psychologist with research interests in quantitative reasoning and quantitative literacy among urban community college students, student perceptions of online learning, using iPads in teaching, linking general psychology and statistics to help reduce the number of remedial math courses taken by students, and urban college student attitudes toward sexual minorities. Regarding quantitative reasoning, she is interested in student perceptions of their own quantitative literacy and student abilities in performing QR tasks such as analyzing pie charts.  She co-chairs the Hostos Online Learning Initiative and is chair of the Educational Technology and Leadership Council. This project resulted in numerous conference presentations as well as an article in the Hispanic Educational Technology Services Online Journal in Spring 2016, Hostos Online Learning Assessment: A Survey of Student Perceptions. In 2014-2015 she was a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University as Fellow of the Metropolitan Colleges Institute for Teaching Improvement, a program that focused on the nature of a liberal education at urban colleges. She is beginning the research on attitudes of students in a Hispanic-serving institution toward others based on gender identity or sexual orientation with particular attention on allied health students.


Contact info:
Address: Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse B-346, Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: 718-518-6894

Prof. Sarah L. Hoiland

Hoiland18Sarah 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.

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Sarah L. Hoiland
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Behavioral and Social Sciences Department
Hostos Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
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Prof. Kate Lyons

KateLyonsKate 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.


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

Carlos Guevara

Carlos_GuevaraCarlos 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.

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Carlos Guevara
Director, Office of Educational Technology
Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Hostos Community College

Dr. Kristopher Burrell

Kris Burrell Head ShotDr. 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.

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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. DiSanto

Dr. Jacqueline M. DiSantoDr. Jacqueline M. DiSanto is an Associate Professor and Unit Coordinator (for Early-Childhood Education) in the Education Department at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. She earned a B.S. and M.A. in Business Education (NYU), a professional diploma in Administration (Fordham), and an Ed.D. (St. John’s University) in Instructional Leadership. Her areas of publication includes: online education, learning styles, translanguaging, and faculty development. She is a founding member of the Peer Observation and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Committees, and a member of the Instructional Evaluation Committee and college-wide Senate. She is a co-investigator in a grant-funded consortium for Open Educational Resources; Dr. DiSanto is coordinating the efforts to convert the complete 60-credit A.A.S. in Early-Childhood Education from for-pay textbook reliance to providing all content without charge to students.

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Jacqueline M. DiSanto, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Early-Childhood Education
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Prof. Sandy Figueroa

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.

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Assistant Professor and Office Technology Coordinator, Business Department
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Dr. Aaron Davis

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.

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Aaron Davis, BFA, M.Ed., Ed.D.
Instructional Designer, Office of Educational Technology
Hostos Community College, CUNY

Iber Poma

Iber PomaIber Poma
Coordinator of Student Services, Educational Technology
Hostos Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Poma have worked in the Educational Technology field for over 20 years. He have earned an AA and a BS in Computer Science.  He had also developed workshop curriculum and taught hybrid and fully Online Workshops for Students; and have participated in the creation of guidelines for Hybrid and Fully Online at Hostos for faculty.  The “Are you Ready” tool in Blackboard for online students was created seeking to understand exactly what hybrid or online learning means at Hostos. Through his involvement in Educational Technology, he had seen first-hand that EdTech has the potential to become a catalyst of change for faculty–streamlining time-consuming processes (like lesson planning, reporting, and attendance) and simplifying communication through Blackboard. Poma feels that the engagement between faculty and students are one of the key ingredients to really embrace online teaching by using technology tools to accomplish this modality of learning.

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

Wilfredo Rodríguez

Wilfredo RodriguezWilfredo Rodríguez, works at the office of Educational Technology Coordinator since April 2012, after holding different positions at the college. He oversees the daily operations of the office and implement many different projects. He began 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, he 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, CUNY. After graduating, he continuously keep renovating and updating 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. Wilfredo also had been programming in MVC framework for a couple of years already and already have developed many applications and supported many others that he inherited when the programmer left from the Educational Technology Department.

Contact info:
Address: Hostos Community College – CUNY, 500 Grand Concourse, C-556, Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: 718-319-7973

Prof. Linda Ridley

Linda Linda RidleyRidley 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.

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Phone: 718-518-6522

Hostos Online Learning Assessment: A Survey of Student Perceptions


By: Prof. Kate S. Wolfe Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences,

Prof. Sarah L. Hoiland, Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences,

Prof. Kate Lyons, Associate Professor, Library and Educational Technology,

Carlos Guevara, Director, Educational Technology and CTL,

Dr. Kris Burrell, Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences,

Dr. Jacqueline M. DiSanto, Assistant Professor, Education,

Prof. Sandy Figueroa, Assistant Professor, Business,

Dr. Aaron Davis, Instructional Designer, Educational Technology,

Iber Poma, Coordinator of Student Services, Educational Technology,

Wilfredo Rodríguez, Coordinator, Educational Technology,

Prof. Linda Ridley, Lecturer, Business

Hostos Community College, CUNY, New York




The Office of Education Technology (EdTech) at Hostos Community College and faculty members from various departments created the Hostos Online Learning Assessment (HOLA) Task Force to design a survey for gathering and assessing data about students’ perceptions of their online learning experiences.  The task force wanted to utilize the survey results to identify strengths and weaknesses in online instruction and student preparedness for the online learning environment.  Student perceptions of online learning are integral to building upon current best practices and also gauging the preparedness of the students for the online learning environment, particularly in an urban, Hispanic-serving community college.  The survey and results will be discussed within the broader context of best practices and online learning assessments as well as the way the HOLA Task Force is utilizing the data to make meaningful changes in the survey instrument, in addittion planning for continuous improvement in online learning.


Keywords: online learning, asynchronous, hybrid, blended, student, community college, urban, Hispanic, African American


Impact of a Simulated Game on Learning and Engagement


By: Nina Sarkar, PhD,

Stephen W. Hammel, JD, Esq, and

Prof. Christina Manzo, MBA, CPA,

Queensborough Community College, CUNY, New York





Today’s students are digital natives who have grown up with computer technology and video games. Their constant exposure to the internet and other digital media has shaped the way they receive, process and learn information. Consequently, the traditional lecture and textbook approach to education is not as effective for this generation. We believe that students can benefit from reality based computer simulated games which are incorporated into the course curriculum.  Games and computer simulations are no longer just for fun; they can be used as an effective pedagogical tool to enhance learning and foster an engaged learning environment. While there is a general consensus among educators that educational games are an effective method of motivating students, there is a lack of empirical studies relating to the impact of this teaching modality on students’ academic performance and engagement. This paper reports on the effectiveness of using a computer simulated game on student learning and engagement in three different business courses.


Mending the Broken Promise: Our Students, Our Teachers, Our Missions*

By: Dr. Eduardo Martí

President emeritus Queensborough Community College, former Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges of the City University of New York, and former HETS Chairman


* This article is an excerpt of the book “America’s Broken Promise: Bridging the Community College Achievement Gap” that will be published by Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press (2016)



Mending the Broken Promise: Our Students, Our Teachers, Our Missions


Unfettered access, a major component of the democratic promise of community colleges, has, over the years, morphed from a guiding inspiration to a required mandate.    Contemporary community colleges continue to offer the most generous point of entry to incoming students seeking a postsecondary education.  By implicitly and usually explicitly promising to provide a home to all potential students, community colleges promise to meet their ever more widely variable academic, financial, and social needs. Community colleges promise to enable all students to meet their divergent goals for education; consequently, community colleges promise to help all students achieve their dreams.

Re-inventing Remedial Reading in the 21st Century: A Review of the Benefits and Challenges of a Hybrid Remedial Reading Course

By: Prof. Toni Ann Hernen

Bronx Community College, City University of New York

Author’s Note

Toni Ann Hernen is a lecturer in the Department of Education and Reading

Correspondence relating to this Article should be addressed to Toni Ann Hernen Bronx Community College, City University of New York, Colston Hall, Room 429, University Avenue, Bronx, New York 10453.




Remedial courses have been the center of attention over the past decade.  More students enter college and take at least one remedial course because they have failed the entrance exams that determine if students have the basic skills to take credit bearing courses.  The increase in enrollment for these courses has left administrators to find other sources and programs to accelerate the process. Students who are not accelerated through the remedial courses are sometimes left with taking more than one remedial in a semester.  This setback can potentially delay the student’s matriculation and eventually cause the student to drop out of college.   This paper examines a first year pilot hybrid remedial reading course offered in the Fall of 2015.  Further, this small-scale study illustrates the benefits and effects of a hybrid remedial reading course and provides future recommendations for achievement.  Using qualitative and quantitative data, the hybrid remedial reading course was determined to provide positive outcomes when comparing the treated and non-treated groups.  It was further observed that the students found the course to be innovative and spark their interests.  The promise of a new alternative to remedial reading in the 21st century has the potential to boost student attainment, matriculation, and progress.