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This track intended to showcase innovative practices that strategically use technology to support, drive, and optimize retention of Hispanic students. Selected projects were able to demonstrate how their approach has had a significant impact on their success in supporting and increasing Hispanic student retention. Programs or strategies that have been spread across all levels of the institutions, use systems to track retention indicators, and prioritize early interventions are strongly encouraged. Topics:

  • Use of technology-facilitated instruments or systems to track students, identify signs, and alert on the need to implement an early intervention
  • Projects that strategically establish, track, and analyze multiple specific indicators and benchmarks to evidence success and allow the institution to determine successful approaches to education, retention, and college completion through the use of technology
  • Educational research on the factors that impact retention of Hispanic students and the potential of technologies to support and drive retention efforts
  • Projects that demonstrated the usefulness of new technologies like mobile technology and social media, tablets, lecture capture, among others, to increase retention among Hispanics
  • Best practices using technology to deal with student motivation and engagement in the online and face to face environments
  • Implementation of technology-based remediation, counseling, tutoring, or mentoring services in English, Spanish or Bilingual
  • Online support services to help students understand what it takes to be a successful learner
  • Faculty centered projects shown to improve the learning experience and promote student motivation and retention using technology meaningfully


The HETS Consortium recognizes the significance of establishing a solid assessment culture and applying effective and efficient assessment tools to demonstrate the accomplishment of the overall institutional goals of its members and the achievement of student learning success. This track was aimed to promote the effective development and implementation of assessment efforts through the innovative and strategic use of technology. It considered projects that innovatively and strategically used technology to track, measure, support, and assess student learning. HETS was also interested in projects that demonstrated the effective use of technology to assess overall institutional impact. Selected project were able to demonstrate the use of technology tools and instruments to: 1) evidence institutional goal achievement and student outcomes; 2) track student learning success through multiple specific indicators; and/or 3) identify precise courses of action for improvement. Topics:

  • Presentations that demonstrate innovation in developing effective, structured, and systematic processes to assess student learning outcomes by competencies either by the completion of a course, the academic program, the co-curricular program, the general education requirement, or other specific set of experiences
  • Experiences with assessment of outcomes by competencies in online learning and face to face environments
  • Concerted efforts that use technology strategically to track and assess the progress of institutional goals by the accreditation agency standards or by competencies
  • Concerted efforts that use technology effectively to sustain data-driven decision-making processes to achieve improvement and quality as a result of which institutions will also comply with the accreditation agency standards

Distance Learning

This track was intended to showcase innovative practices that strategically use technology to support, drive, and optimize online courses or programs, and promoting the effective development and design through the innovative and strategic use of technology in Distance Learning. Topics:

  • Projects that demonstrated how institutions promote quality in the online environment
  • Best practices in instructional design in online courses, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Best practices in online courses using web 2.0 tools and open source applications
  • Projects that demonstrated how institutions manage/assure contact hours equivalence of activities between distance education and regular courses
  • Best practices addressing authentication issues in distance learning



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