HETS has defined a “best practice” as an innovative approach or strategy that, with the effective use of technology, has proven to increase recruitment, promote student success, improve student retention and completion, and provide institutions with viable, effective, and efficient approaches for Online Learning and Technology Integration in Higher Education. Certainly, HETS member institutions are experts in dealing with the Hispanic population and in finding ways to provide them with opportunities to succeed. Proposals will be accepted for projects in both, English and Spanish to share expertise on the following tracks:
Access (Faculty and Administrators)
This track targets innovative projects that focus on increasing Hispanics’ access to higher education and internationalization initiatives. The project is expected to have had success in demonstrating ways to facilitate Hispanics’ understanding and awareness regarding available opportunities to access and succeed in Higher Education. Some examples include:
- Hispanic-focused projects that use technology tools and resources to increase access to Higher Education and increase student success and mobility.
- Creative technology initiatives developed to help overcome Hispanics’ barriers to Higher Education and facilitate college entry.
- Best practices focused on inclusion strategies and facilitating broader access to disadvantaged populations, including the technology-assessment gap.
- Best practices that showcase positive aspects of diversity and multicultural life in your current campus environment.
- Best practices in addressing the internationalization of the curriculum for both face-to-face and distance education.
Retention (Faculty and Administrators)
This track is intended to showcase innovative practices that strategically use technology to support, drive, and optimize retention of Hispanic students in online courses and promoting the effective development and implementation of assessment efforts through the innovative and strategic use of technology in distance learning. It considers projects that use technology to track, measure, support, and assess Hispanic student learning success and projects that demonstrate how their approach has had a significant impact on their success, especially in supporting and increasing Hispanic student retention in online courses or programs. Some examples include:
- Projects that demonstrate how your institution adapts student support services to promote a higher level of motivation among students in the online environment.
- Projects that demonstrate how your institutions manage/perform student assessment in distance education.
- Best practices using technology to assess student’s performance in online environments, and its features and effectiveness.
- Strategic use of technology to manage/deal/support student body diversity in distance education and cultural shock avoidance in the online environment.
- Projects that demonstrate how your institution promotes educational excellence and rigor in the online environment.
- Projects that demonstrate the usefulness of new technologies like mobile technology and social media, tablets, and 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 both.
Online Learning and Technology Integration (Faculty and Administrators)
This track is intended to showcase innovative practices that strategically use technology to support, drive, and optimize online courses or programs and promote effective development and design through the innovative and strategic use of technology in distance learning. We seek presentations focused on at least one of the following topics:
- Projects that demonstrate how your institution designs and integrates innovative strategies.
- Projects that demonstrate how your institution manages/assure the integration of new technologies like tablets and smartphones, interactive tools for discussion used in classrooms and online, digital publication and learning experience, Cloud Services, design and delivery of online and hybrid programs or M learning, among others.
- Projects and/or project proposals for integrating virtual reality, augmented reality, and other advanced technologies focusing on demonstrations of how these are integrated into the curriculum and used.
- Projects that demonstrate how virtual environments can adapt: personalized approaches to learning online, instructional design and teaching strategies to accommodate for social and cultural diversity, or projects that provide students with opportunities for hands-on, active learning experiences while using advanced technologies.
- Projects and initiatives focused on transforming the institution by adapting the “entrepreneurial paradigm” mediated by technology innovations like “Hubs and Incubators.”
- Project proposals and current initiatives to implement artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies.
- Projects using analytics as a source of students’ learning assessment processes and assessment and development of existing or new virtual academic programs.