A sixth edition of the HETS Best Practices Showcase was held in Puerto Rico, bringing together more than 25 of its member institutions. This event took place in January 16 and January 17, 2020 at the Law School of the Inter American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and allowed the Consortium to share innovative projects and best practices. More than 100 attendees from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and United States took advantage of the presentations shared by different Higher Education institutions.
This year, the Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than 20 best practices in the tracks of Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration. The conference opened with a Plenary session by Dr. Peter Shea, Associate Provost for Online Learning, University at Albany. Dr. Shea addressed to attendees about Best Practices for a promising future of (online) learning in the age of AI and automation. In addition, this year as part of the Conference’s program best practices were shared with attendees related to better serving Distance Learning Students, transfer process, retention, hybrid programs, culture of Hispanic STEM Success, access tools for Hispanic-Latino students, and technologies to enhance students’ engagement and success (such as Google Classroom, e portfolios) among others. The videos of all presentations will be available soon at the event page in our website and also at the HETS You Tube Channel.
Also, during the conference was showcased the track winner’s panel, moderated by HETS Vice Chair, Dr. Carlos Morales (TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College) in which he presented those who achieved the highest scores on their presentation proposals per track. Dr. Michael Hutmaker from Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) participated as the winner of the retention track, and Dr. Rolando J. Méndez, from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, winner of the Online Learning and Technology Integration track. The Access track winners; Ms. Laurie Austin, Ms. Deira Pereyra, and Ms. Lisa Moalem, from Lehman College (CUNY) were also the Overall Conference winners obtaining the best score all around. As a value added to participants, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez and a group of doctorate students of the University of Puerto Rico, presented the latest results of an ongoing research about theory and practice of online education in Puerto Rico.
Concurrent with the Best Practices Showcase, the HETS Board of Directors held their Winter meeting in which the results of the first semester of academic year 2019-2020 were discussed. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings both online and face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the result of our main student event the HETS Student Leadership Showcases was presented. Board members were informed by several Student Ambassadors who talked about the initiatives performed at their institutions and how this program had helped them grow as leaders. Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Metropolitan Community College (Kansas), and Louisiana Community and Technical College System. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like COBIMET and ETS, who also welcomed PR Top Level Domain as new partner.
HETS would like to recognize the valuable collaboration of Mr. Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Treasurer and UIPR President, and Dr. Julio Fontanet, Chancellor of the Law School, and his attentive staff for hosting and made possible the success of this event while making everyone felt like home. Moreover, we will like to express our gratitude to PR Top Level Domain for their sponsorship and making the closing reception of our Best Practices Showcase a memorable one with the music of Pleneros and a cultural show. For more information about this event, access the Conference webpage on this website, call the HETS Office at 787- 250-1912, extensions 2372 and 2373, or send an email to email@example.com.
HETS “Celebrated Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education” with its Best Practices Showcase, bringing together more than 25 of its member institutions in Puerto Rico and United States. This event took place Thursday, February 1st and Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metro Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and allowed the Consortium to share innovative projects and best practices. This was the fifth time that HETS was able to host this event for the benefit of attendees from different Higher Education institutions.
Dr. Carlos Vargas, HETS Chair and President, SEMO during the President’s Panel.
Dr. Antonio Pérez, President, BMCC.
This year, the Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than 24 best practices in the tracks of Access, Retention and Distance Learning. The conference opened with a President’s Panel, moderated by HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas (Southeast Missouri State University) in which, Dr. Antonio Pérez (Borough of Manhattan Community College), Dr. Gloria Baquero (National University College), Dr. Carlos Morales (TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College), and Dr. Omayra Caraballo on behalf of President Manuel Fernós (Inter American University of Puerto Rico) shared with the participant an remarkable discussion related to their institution’s efforts to achieve excellence in areas of Access, Retention and Distance Learning.
In addition, as part of the Conference’s program more than best practices were shared with attendees related to the use of new technologies (such as gamification) in the classroom, new tools used to support present and online students, technologies to enhance students’ engagement and success, assessment processes, effective metrics to monitor online retention and integration of social media to the academic atmosphere among others. The videos of all presentations will be available soon at the event page in our website and also at the HETS You Tube Channel.
Dr. Juan Meléndez presented a new book on the Distance Learning in PR.
As a value added to participants, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez and a group of doctorate students of the University of Puerto Rico, presented the results of their research about theory and practice of online education in Puerto Rico. Also during the conference two panel of experts, where showcased including one with the winners of each track; Dr. Carmen Cid from Eastern Connecticut State University (retention track winner and conference’s highest score), Dr. Karen González and Dr. Roxana Domenech from Universidad Metropolitana, Cupey Campus, AGMUS (access track winners), and from the Inter American Universtiy of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus, Dr. Lisbel Correa (distance learning tack winner).
Zyrux Senior class president and vice president receiving from HETS Executive Director their prize for most attendance to the Academic Fair.
As part of the conference events, HETS celebrated its Academic Fair on Thursday, February 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm with more than 300 participants, including the group of the Zyrux 2018 class from the Escuela Superior Acreditada Urbana in Aguas Buenas, which were the winners of a $400 prize for being the group with the most participants attending the fair. The fair was held at the main lobby of Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metro Campus. Students and professionals interested in learning more about academic offerings to complete a college degree enjoyed and took advantage, free of charge, of this Academic Fair.
HETS would like to recognize the valuable collaboration of Mr. Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Treasurer and UIPR President, and Prof. Marilina Wayland, Chancellor of the Metro Campus, and her staff for hosting and made possible the success of this event while making everyone felt like home. For more information about this event, access the Conference webpage on this website, call the HETS Office at 787- 250-1912, extensions 2372 and 2373, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education
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Sponsors 2016 BPS | HETS Board Meeting
When: January 14 and 15, 2016
Where: Universidad del Este, AGMUS, Carolina, PR
Lodging: Hotel San Juan Resort & Casino (www.elsanjuanhotel.com)
San Juan, PR (video about Puerto Rico)
What: Best Practices Showcases, International Speakers, Academic Fair and Networking Opportunities
Who attended: Academic leaders, staff administrators, faculty, technology staff, investigators, corporate representatives related to technology and education, students and general public.
HETS would like to highlight and celebrate the outstanding work of its member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. Taking place in January 14 and 15, the 2016 HETS Best Practices Showcase will focus on three main tracks: Access and Student Mobility, Retention and, Assessment.
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 to assessment. Overall, it will be a celebration of innovative technology strategies in Higher Education focused on impacting the Hispanic student population by enhancing retention, college completion, and successful learning outcomes.
Certainly, HETS member institutions are experts in dealing with the Hispanic population and finding ways to provide them with opportunities to succeed, and we want to open a space for them to share this expertise. Once again, attendees will be not only able to learn from the showcased works, but also find solutions to many common issues and even established new possibilities for collaboration with other institutions and potential partners.