Opening Session Panel

This presentation was transmitted live on January 17, 2013 | 1:30-3:00 pm (AST/Puerto Rico time)

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New Assessment trends for Distance Education and Online Learning


Institution: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
Language: English
Presented by: Dr. José Jaime Rivera, President

DR. JOSE JAIME RIVERA, is the President of UNIVERSIDAD DEL SAGRADO CORAZON since 1992. Throughout his more than forty two years of experience, he has occupied key administrative leadership positions in Puerto Rico and United States. He has also served as evaluator for accreditation and consultant in academic development, institutional assessment, strategic planning, and accreditation for universities in Puerto Rico, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Switzerland, Spain and, Dominican Republic.

Dr. Rivera is active in community and professional organizations. In December 2009, he was re-elected to the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and School.  He is THE TREASURER OF The HETS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Foundation of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, and of the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advisory Group, among other organizations. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities [HACU] President’s Award of Excellence and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education [AAHHE] Distinguished Leadership Award, among others.  Dr. Rivera is a member of professional associations in the fields of Economics and Higher Education, member of the Puerto Rico Academy of the Spanish Language, and a Correspondent Member of the Real Academia de la Lengua Española. Dr. Rivera holds a BACHELLOR DEGREE in Economics from the University of Puerto Rico (Magna Cum Laude); a MASTER DEGREE in Higher Education Administration from New York University (Summa Cum Laude); and a DOCTORATE in Philosophy in Organizational and Administrative Studies from New York University (Summa Cum Laude).  DR. RIVERA’S PRESENTATION provided an overview about ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND DISTANCE LEARNING.

Time on task in the online environment

This presentation provides an overview on determining time on task in the online environment.  Specifically, this presentation provide things to consider when developing an online course to ensure instructional time spent in the online environment equates to instructional seat time in a traditional face to face classroom setting.

Institution: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Language: English
Presented by: Ms. Bo Zigner

Bo Zigner is an instructional designer and Manager of the Office of Distance Education at Kutztown University.  She earned her Master of Science in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University in 2001, and earned her Baccalaureate degree in Sociology in 1995, also from Bloomsburg University.


Innovative Uses of Technology in Retention and Authentication on classroom, online and hybrid courses

The use of online technologies is prevalent in all delivery methods:  classroom , online  and hybrid courses. Similarly, these online technologies are being used for different institutional goals and requirements, such as retention and authentication. The University of Texas at Brownsville has implemented the use of synchronous and asynchronous technologies to reach the retention goals and fulfill also the requirements for authentication.

Institution: University of Texas at Brownsville
Language: English
Presented by: Mr. René Sainz

Rene Sainz Universidad de Texas en BrownsvilleDuring his 25 year career in higher education, René Sainz has coordinated multiple educational technology projects in different management positions. In his current position as Assistant Director of Instructional & Client Support Services (ICSS) in the University of Texas at Brownsville , René oversees the ITS departments of Online Learning, Classroom Technologies, Videoconferencing, Video Production and ITS Help Desk. René provides strategic vision and leadership in the conceptualization, design and implementation of online and hybrid courses, as well as faculty and student training and support.  The University of Texas at Brownsville offers over 600 online course sections per year and 17 Fully Online Programs including bachelors, masters and graduate certificates. René has participated in multiple academic and technical committees, grants, and national and international projects. René has presented in educational conferences, in both English and Spanish, in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Colombia and México.

René holds a M.A. in Spanish and a M.Ed. in Educational Technology and is currently ABD (all but dissertation) candidate of the Doctorate in Education Program. René also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Shared Services in the Public Sector Program, the Texas Public Management Program and a “Diplomado” in México City. He also is Bilingual and Biliterate in English and Spanish at the graduate course level and has served as simultaneous interpreter and translator. René has served as Master of Ceremonies for the “Mr. Amigo” International Parade between Texas and Mexico  and has published poetry in Spanish on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border.


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