HETS Best Practices Showcase seventh edition was held in a hybrid modality in San Juan, Puerto Rico, bringing together more than twenty of its member institutions. The event, that took place on February 3rd and 4th of 2022 at the Inter American University, Metropolitan Campus, allowed the Consortium to share with the academic community, innovative projects and best practices (click here to see the Program of the Conference). More than 150 in-person and virtual attendees from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the United States took advantage of the content and discussions shared by different Higher Education institutions. A playlist with all videos is available at our YouTube channel, you can access it here: 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase.

The Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than twenty best practices in the tracks of Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration. The conference’s agenda opened with the Plenary Panel: The evolution of instructional modalities post-pandemic by Dr. Alice J. Casanova from EDP University; Francisco García from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley; Dr. Mauricio Cadavid from California State University, San Bernardino; and Carlos Guevara from Hostos Community College; and was moderated by Dr. Carlos Morales, HETS Chair and President of TCC Connect Campus at Tarrant County College.

This year’s Conference also showcased the tracks winners’ panel, moderated by Dr. Ángel A. Toledo, Chancellor of the Ana G. Méndez University, Cupey Campus, integrated by those who achieved the highest scores on their presentation proposals per track. The Access track winner was Janette Flores from California State University, San Bernardino and the Retention Track winner was Dr. Amanda Giust from Albizu University, Miami Campus connected virtually. Also, Mr. Francisco García from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley was part of the panel as he received the Highest Score, not only within the Retention track, but also the overall conference winner obtaining the best score all around with his co-authors Dr. Claudia Vela and Elizabeth Zamarron.

As a value added to participants, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez and a group of doctorate students from the Faculty of Education at the University of Puerto Rico, presented the conference Theories and practices of distance education. In addition, Marcelo R. Rodriguez, President of InQmatic and HETS Corporate Partner made a special presentation titled Opportunities for Higher Education in emerging student markets.

Concurrent with the Best Practices Showcase, HETS Board of Directors held their winter meeting to discuss the results of the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. Among the news shared with the Board were the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as tailored online workshop offerings and webinars; results of the HETS Learning Technology and Leadership Academy (H-LTLA) first edition and the Student Leadership Showcase, as well as the added tools and services in the Virtual Plaza and HETS website. Board Members also welcomed representatives from new member institutions like the American University of Puerto Rico, Antillean University, Columbia Central University, and California State University, Stanislaus. Current HETS partners, Blackboard with Anthology, InQmatic, and COBIMET, had the opportunity to participate in a corporate session with HETS Board in which they also welcomed Campus Care as a new partner.

HETS would also like to recognize the unwavering support of Mr. Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Vice-Chair and President of the Interamerican University, and Prof. Marilina Wayland, Chancellor of the Metropolitan Campus and her attentive staff for welcoming and making everyone feel at home and ensuring the success of the event. Moreover, thanks to Chancellor Wayland for a memorable closing reception of our Best Practices Showcase where we enjoyed the music of Pleneros and to CampusCare for their sponsorship of the refreshments.

Clickhere: HETS for more information about the Best Practices Showcase or call the HETS Office at 787-250-1912 extension 2373.