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HETS Leadership Perspective during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ever since its inception in 1993, the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS), formerly known as Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System, has been a pioneer in supporting the development of distance learning initiatives across colleges and universities in Puerto Rico, mainland United States, and Latin America. Although HETS support and value has been widely known among it’s members for more than 25 years, the organization’s goal is to increase it’s relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officers of the HETS Board of Directors, constituted by the presidents or designated representatives of each member institution, were interviewed to learn their perspective about the impact of HETS membership on their institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this HETS Leadership Perspectives series, interviews in Spanish and English were held with HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, President of Southeast Missouri State University, and Vice Chair Dr. Carlos Morales, President of Tarrant County College Connect Campus. HETS also conducted interviews in Spanish with Manuel J. Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, HETS Treasurer and one of HETS’s first officers, and Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University of Puerto Rico, HETS Secretary. During these interviews, HETS Officers agreed that services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, including tutorials on how to use technology and access online services, peer reviewed articles sharing best practices and free webinars about distance learning, were crucial and valuable in this new academic scenario. As a result of the pandemic, officers visualize HETS present and future most important and essential than ever, as a pioneer organization in the use of technology in higher education with enormous expertise and services ready to use.

Interviewed HETS officers also spoke about their relationship with HETS and highlighted multiple services that result in great returning on investment of its membership, like the online student support services available at the Student Placita, the professional development training and events for faculty and administrators, and the networking opportunities with other institutions during the board meetings and events. To conclude, presidents invited other institutions to benefit from HETS, as a unique organization that fosters Hispanic/Latino student success in Higher Education through the strategic integration of technology.

To continue its efforts, on June 26th, presidents from different institutions in Puerto Rico, United States, and Latin America will participate in a HETS virtual panelThey have been invited to share their expertise and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and their thoughts on the future of Higher Education, from the perspective of their academic communities and student populations. The panel will include presidents from a community college (Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College, CUNY), a 4-year public university (Dr. Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino) a private university in US (Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, President, Southeast Missouri State University) one in PR (Manuel J. Fernós, Esq. President, Inter American University of PR) and one International institution (Dr. Maritza Rondón, Chancellor, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia). The panel moderator, Dr. Carlos Morales, President of Tarrant County College Connect Campus, will guide the discussion and the Q & A session with participants. The event is free of charge. The only requirement is to register online to participate.

For additional information, send an email to  or call to phone (787) 616-3201. For the latest news regarding HETS, visit or its social media accounts, hetsorg on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram.

Conoce nuestros recursos expertos y como sacar el máximo de sus talleres!

Este evento libre costo, se llevará a cabo el viernes, 6 de septiembre de 2019, en el salón multiusos #3 de la Oficina Central del Sistema UIPR. El objetivo principal de este evento, es  tener la oportunidad de compartir con nuestros recursos expertos, que ofrecerán sus talleres durante el año 2019-2020 y prepararles para completarlo satisfactoriamente. El evento se convalidará como una actividad del taller para los que se registren y lo completen en línea.

¿Cuándo?: viernes, 6 de septiembre de 2019

¿Hora?: 9:30 am- 11:30 am (Registro abierto de 9:00 hasta las 9:30 am)

¿Lugar?: Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Oficina Central del Sistema (Salón Multiusos #3- primer piso), ubicada en la Calle Galileo Final 399, Urb. Jardines Metropolitanos, Río Piedras, PR, 00926. Para obtener instrucciones para llegar, utilizando Google Maps visite el siguiente enlace: En caso de necesitar asistencia para llegar el día del evento, puede comunicarse al cuadro de la Oficina Central del Sistema al 787-766-1912.

¿Costo?: Completamente gratis


¡REGISTRO libre de costo!
Reserve su espacio para el evento
Conoce nuestros recursos expertos y sus talleres
completando esta forma:

Agenda (sujeta a cambios):

9:00 – 9:30 am    Registro y refrigerios

9:31 – 9:40 am  Saludos, Bienvenida y Presentación de la Consultora de Servicios de Facultad HETS
Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS y Dra. Rosa Ojeda

9:41 – 10:00 am Presentación del taller presencial: Blended Learning: Una forma diferente y única de enseñanza.
Prof. Iliana Ballester

10:01 – 10:20 am Presentación del taller presencial: Nuevos Medios Digitales.
Dr. Antonio Vantaggiato

10:21 – 10:40 am Presentación del taller presencial: Assessment de Programas y Cursos en Línea.
Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez Alicea

10:41- 11:10 am Presentación de los talleres en línea:

Mejores Prácticas para la Retención en Línea: Elementos básicos de un diseño instruccional efectivo.
Dra. Ana Milena Lucumi

Competencias Digitales e Informacionales con los Nativos Digitales.
Prof. Purísima Centeno

11:11 – 11:30 am Sesión de preguntas y respuestas; Evaluación y Clausura de la actividad
Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS



Visite el siguiente enlace: Talleres en línea HETS, para más detalles sobre los requisitos técnicos para tomarlos. Por otra parte si desea conocer más sobre los talleres presenciales visite: Talleres presenciales HETS.  Aun tenemos varios espacios disponibles para registrarse en nuestros talleres y también para participar de este evento libre de costo. Para mas detalles puede comunicarse a nuestra oficina al 787-250-1912 extensiones 2372, 2373 o via email a:

On its sixth edition, the 2020 Best Practices Showcase gathered more than 25 Institutions from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and United States in San Juan.

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

Videos of the 2018 Best Practices Showcase presentations available in HETS YouTube Channel.

The access to the video of the Best Practices Showcased presentations during the 2018 conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico is available for the benefit of those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend. You may find them on the 2018 Best Practices Showcase webpage, under the Schedule menu.

Celebrated in February 1st and 2nd, the 2018 HETS Best Practices Showcase highlighted and celebrated the outstanding work of its member institutions featuring local and national speakers showcasing 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 the areas focused on the conference tracks.

For more details, visit 2018 Best Practices Showcase.

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