HETS successfully inaugurated the 2021 Virtual Best Practices Showcase with more than 100 attendees at its Opening Session.

The 2021 Virtual Best Practices Showcase was inaugurated with its Opening Session held on February 4, 2021 via Blackboard Collaborate with more than 100 attendees from 23 different institutions and organizations in Puerto Rico, the US and Latin America. This opening session was a panel presentation titled: Strategically Use Technology to Support, Drive, and Optimize Retention of Online Students and the Learning Gap as a Result of the Pandemic. The panelists shared their perspective and answers questions about this important topic. The panel was composed of international experts from HETS members institutions including: Dr. Maritza Rondón, Chancellor of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Dr. Omayra Caraballo, Vice president of Distance Learning, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Dr. Alice J. Casanova, Dean, Distance Learning at EDP University, Mr. Carlos Guevara, Director, Office of Educational Technology Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Hostos Community College (CUNY), and Mr. Francisco García, Director, Center for Online Learning & Teaching Technology, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. The panel was moderated by Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez- Alicea, Professor, Faculty of Education, Rio Piedras Campus, and Member of the Distance Education Systemic Advisory Board of the University of Puerto Rico. The recording of this Opening Session is available already, and you can access it once you register for the Conference. 

The Virtual Best Practices Showcase extends from February 4 to 12, 2021, with more than 20 presentations. This event is a combination of live and asynchronous online presentations that highlights and celebrates the outstanding work of HETS member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. HETS invite and encourages its members to register free of charge (regular fee is $75.00) to access all live and asynchronous presentations selected at the following link: VIRTUAL HETS BEST PRACTICES SHOWCASE 2021- REGISTRATION » HETS.

Live transmissions of the highest scored presentations per track will be held on February 10 (Innovation), February 11 (Retention), and February 12 (Online Learning and Technology Integration). For more details about the live transmissions and the asynchronous online presentations, please go to: VIRTUAL HETS BEST PRACTICES SHOWCASE 2021- SCHEDULE » HETS.

For more information about HETS projects, please contact the HETS office anytime via email info@hets.org or at 787-616-3201.