On October 1st, 2010 HETS launched the Inaugural issue of the HETS Online Journal, a peer reviewed electronic publication that will be published twice a year. This time, HETS proudly presents the second issue of this electronic publication, launched on March 24, 2011.
The purpose of the HETS Online Journal is to disseminate the research, findings, use and best practices in online education among those interested in this topic worldwide. Especially, this publication intends to reach professionals interested in the areas of online teaching, learning, and training. The journal essentially publishes original, peer-reviewed and high quality scientific papers, research review, evidence-based articles, as well as other products of research in the field of technology in education.
The Spring issue of the HETS Online Journal included a total of four peer reviewed articles. These have been submitted by authors from: the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus, Medgar Evers College, University of Puerto Rico- Cayey Campus with COBIMET and LaGuardia Community College.
Carmen Pacheco, Ed. D (University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus- UPRRP), presented the case study Estudio de caso sobre los factores que influyeron en la implementación de una innovación educativa tecnológica, el portafolio electrónico: Porta-E, en el programa de preparación de maestros de la Facultad de Educacion de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras, about the implementation process of the Porta-e assessment tool and how different strategies were developed during the process in order to help professors on the initial stage of the implementation of this innovative educational tool on the Education Faculty of the UPRRP. The study also presents and explains the factors that were translated into the implementation of the Porta –e in this Faculty.
Authors Dr. Janice Zummo, Dr. Rosalina Díaz and Dr. Rupam Saran from Medgar Evers College, investigates how technology is being used to improve the engagement of at-risk Hispanic students through the use of ePortfolio in a co-curricular context on the article Using E- Portfolio to Improve Retention of Hispanic Students at a Predominantly Black College.
Another of the articles published on this edition is Waterfall Method: a Necessary Tool for Implementing Library Projects. In this one, Carlos Crespo (COBIMET) and co-author Sonia Dávila (University of Puerto Rico- Cayey Campus), explains how the Waterfall Method form, created by Winston W. Royce, can be applied to library projects. They clearly present the different stages necessary to comply with this method and the related activities that produced evidence documentation during the implementation process.
On the other hand, author James L. Richardson (LaGuardia Community College) exposes in his article, Motivating at Risk African Americans and Hispanics Through the Study of New Media Technology, how the development of new media based curricula (advances in personal computing, rise of the Internet and global networks) has been seen as an opportunity to reengage and motivate many African-American and Hispanic students in order to obtain academic success of these groups.
We invite you to visit the HETS Online Journal and learn about the articles included in this issue. Each one of these articles is highly remarkable for all those who are committed to assure a higher education of excellence. Please disseminate and share this publication among your peers.
If you are interested in submitting an article for the Fall Issue of the HETS Online Journal, the deadline to receive it is August 31st, 2011. Articles can be submitted to: email@example.com either in English or Spanish. To learn more about the guidelines to submit your article, the Editorial Board, and authors of this and previous issue please go to http://www.hets.org/journal/ to access the articles and repository of Inaugural issue.
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