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HETS Executive Officers elected during their first ever virtual Board Meeting on summer 2020.

Dr. Carlos Morales, was elected HETS Chair

HETS Executive officers’ election were held during an historically virtual Board Meeting celebrated through Zoom digital platform, on June 25, 2020. More than 30 Board Members and special guests connected from Puerto Rico, United States and Colombia. As part of the meeting agenda, Dr. Carlos Morales, President, TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College from Texas, was elected as HETS Chair. Collaborating with Dr. Morales will be, Mr. Manuel J. Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, as Vice Chair, Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University as Treasurer; and Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of Southeast Missouri State University as Secretary. Elected as Regional Representatives were: Dr. Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino; Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany (SUNY); and Dr. Maritza Rondón, Chancellor of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. All appointments will start term on July 1st, 2020 for two years as stated in HETS Bylaws. We would like to recognize the hard work and commitment of the past officers during their tenure. We truly appreciate that they will be continuing serving as officers in a new role. To learn more about the newly appointed Officers visit: Meet the Executive Committee.

This Board meeting ends academic year 2019-2020, an intense year for the organization and its members, as it embarked on the implementation of recently new strategies evolved as the response of the new academic reality due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 focused on core areas of accessretention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration was extended for an additional year in order to complete and adapt it to our new reality and provide better support to our member institutions and its communities. 

Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals and added services such as: tailored workshops and webinar offerings; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main events the HETS Best Practices Showcase, Student Leadership Showcase and Online Tours were presented, in which Student Ambassadors program participants shared with their peers the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Student Placita of the HETS Virtual Plaza. Board members also welcomed representative from new member institution: Los Angeles Community College District and concluded the meeting with a virtual session with corporate members such as Blackboard, InQmatic, Inter Staff, and COBIMET.

For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 616-3201.

HETS Leadership Perspective Series

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 are available with HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of Southeast Missouri State University, and Vice Chair Dr. Carlos Morales, President 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 essential 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 institutions, the students they serve, types of programs and modalities they offer. These presidents also shared important information 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.

Por sexto año consecutivo, se celebra el HETS Student Leadership Showcase con casa llena.

Más de 740 estudiantes llenaron el Teatro para participar de la 6ta edición del HETS Student Leadership Showcase el viernes, 13 de septiembre de 2019 en el Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana en Cupey. Como en eventos anteriores, tuvimos estudiantes de las instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico: American University, Atenas College, Universidad Carlos Albizu, Colegio Universitario de San Juan, EDP University, National University College, ICPR Junior College, Universidad Central del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Ponce Health Science University, Universidad Ana G. Méndez los anfitriones la Universidad Interamericana de PR. Además, participaron invitados de instituciones invitadas como la Universidad Politécnica de PR y la Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR y por primera vez participaron estudiantes de la Escuela Laboratorio de la UIPR, CEDIN.

Nuevos miembros, Comité Asesor HETS

Con una agenda muy variada, el evento comenzó cuando el animador y miembro del Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de HETS, el Prof. Albert Troche, quien brindó una cálida bienvenida a los asistentes. A este saludo se unió la Rectora del Recinto Metro, la Profa. Marilina Wayland y la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo, quien presentó dos nuevos miembros del Comité Asesor y reconoció la presencia de otros miembros en el público. HETS creó el Comité Asesor de Estudiantes con el fin de ayudar a coordinar eventos futuros y a identificar los intereses y necesidades de este grupo para colaborar en la búsqueda de soluciones y servicios que los apoyen. Acceda aquí los videos del evento.

Estudiantes Embajadores de HETS

También, la Sra. Montalvo presentó los nuevos estudiantes Embajadores de HETS, que comenzaron este año académico y se reconoció la presencia de los estudiantes embajadores del año pasado que siguen sus funciones este año. Montalvo añadió que “estamos complacidos de que el Programa de Embajadores continúe con más de 20 estudiantes, quienes recibirán una ayuda económica para promover los servicios entre sus pares en sus instituciones. Esto como resultado del donativo recibido de la Fundación Francisco Carvajal.”

Equipo ENACTUS, UAGM Cupey

Luego de los saludos, la agenda del evento comenzó con la sección que ha sido constante en los eventos Student Leadership Showcase: la presentación de proyectos innovadores de estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS. Inmediatamente, los estudiantes del Equipo ENACTUS de la Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Cupey tomaron el escenario para presentar el proyecto; ¡Cataño Vive! Este proyecto les ha hecho ganadores de diversos premios como: 1er Lugar Liga de Desarrollo Competencia Nacional 2019 y semifinalistas en la competencia nacional, entre otros.

Juan L. Negrón

Continuando con la agenda del evento, subió al escenario el orador principal del evento, Juan Leonardo Negrón, director del Programas y Asuntos Externos del Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) en Washington, DC. Negrón, quien ha sido reconocido como uno de los 30 líderes globales menores de 30 años por la revista Forbes, durante su 30 under 30 Global Summit en Israel; habló a los estudiantes sobre las oportunidades que pueden desprenderse de su desempeño como ciudadanos globales en su charla: Connecting you the real world: How to become a Global Leader?

Trivia HETS

La agenda continuó con la charla de la Sra. Cristina Hunter de Popular at Work, sobre la importancia del buen manejo de sus finanzas a los asistentes en su ponencia Principios Financieros. Luego, la Dra. Karen Rivera, Consultora en asuntos estudiantiles de HETS, dirigió una breve dinámica entre varios estudiantes quienes compitieron en vivo en una trivia interactiva para conocer quién de ellos tenía mayor conocimiento de los servicios de HETS y las herramientas libres de costo que tienen accesible a través de la Plaza Virtual de HETS y sus bases de datos TERC y Career Transitions.

Dr. Gabriel Paizy

Luego de la trivia de servicios de HETS, el Dr. Gabriel Paizy compartió con los presentes varias herramientas sobre el poder de las palabras y cómo utilizarlas efectivamente con su acostumbrada habilidad y perspicacia. El Dr. Paizy es director de la Escuela de Comunicación Ferré Rangel de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, creador del movimiento En Buen Español y es un activo colaborador de HETS.

Concluidas las presentaciones en el Teatro, se realizaron rifas de regalos cortesía de nuestros auspiciadores y se solicitó a los participantes completar la hoja de evaluación del evento. Para último, la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, Yubelkys Montalvo reconoció la colaboración de nuestros anfitriones y colaboradores que nos han apoyado durante los últimos seis años para el éxito de este evento que celebra el liderazgo estudiantil entre nuestras instituciones miembros. Además, se presentaron los auspiciadores del evento: Inter Metro, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Educational Testing Services (ETS), Claro de PR, Cape Air, Café Yaucono, Coca Cola, Costco, Frito Lays, Hotel Intercontinental, Hotel Caribe Hilton, United Airlines, Fourth Brain, International Restaurants y Office Max. A la salida del Teatro, los participantes disfrutaron del almuerzo. Para más información sobre HETS y sus servicios puede comunicarse vía correo electrónico a info@hets.org, o llamando al (787) 250-1912 exts. 2373 / 2372.

Casa llena durante la celebración del 5to Aniversario del HETS Student Leadership Showcase.

Más de 700 estudiantes participaron del 5to Aniversario del HETS Student Leadership Showcase el pasado viernes, 14 de septiembre de 2018 en el Teatro del Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana en Cupey. En esta edición, tuvimos casa llena con estudiantes de las instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico: American University, Atenas College, Universidad Carlos Albizu, Colegio Universitario de San Juan, EDP University, National University College, ICPR Junior College, Universidad Central del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Universidad Politécnica, los anfitriones la Universidad Interamericana de PR además de instituciones invitadas como la Universidad Central de Bayamón, Atlantic University y la Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR.

Rectora del Recinto Metro de la UIPR, Prof. Marilina Wayland.

Con una agenda muy variada, el evento comenzó cuando el animador y miembro del Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de HETS, el Prof. Albert Troche, dio una cálida bienvenida a los asistentes. A este saludo se unió la Rectora del Recinto Metro, la Profa. Marilina Wayland y la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo. Inmediatamente, tomaron el escenario los talentos del Popular College Tour (Alex Díaz, Natalia Lugo, Daniel “El Travieso”, el Tipo Oficial. Black Rhythm y Poeta SF) quienes con su humor e ingenio musical dieron consejos a los estudiantes sobre el manejo de dinero. Entre las intervenciones de improvisación musical, comedia y canto estilo “karaoke”, llevaron a cabo concursos entre los artistas y estudiantes del público, con premios para ellos. Entre los premios otorgados a los estudiantes se entregaron tarjetas de ATH del Banco Popular de $60.00, tarjetas de regalo de restaurantes y boletos para conciertos.

Continuando con la agenda del evento, el Presidente de Internet Society de PR, el Ing. Eduardo Díaz, habló a los estudiantes sobre las oportunidades que tienen dentro de ICANN, organización mundial encargada de la estructura del Internet y su gobernanza. Entre las oportunidades mencionadas podemos citar; el programa Next Gen enfocado en el desarrollo de jóvenes líderes dentro de la gobernanza del internet, mentorías y becas para participar de los eventos anuales de ICANN alrededor del mundo, entre muchos otros más. Luego, el Prof. Albert Troche dirigió una dinámica entre varios estudiantes quienes compitieron en vivo en una trivia interactiva para conocer quién de ellos tenía mayor conocimiento de los servicios de HETS y las herramientas libres de costo que tienen accesible a través de la Plaza Virtual de HETS y sus bases de datos TERC y Career Transitions.

Dr. Gabriel Paizy

Luego de la trivia de servicios de HETS, el Dr. Gabriel Paizy; Director de la Escuela de Comunicación Ferré Rangel de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, colaborador de HETS y creador del movimiento En Buen Español, compartió con los presentes varias herramientas sobre el arte de hablar en público con su acostumbrada habilidad y perspicacia. Esto dio paso a la representante de la Cámara de Comercio Exportación de PR presentando el programa PR Emprende y como este les ayuda motivar a los jóvenes a emprender y a que conozcan los incentivos y apoyo que hay para ellos. También, una representante de Casa Grande Multimedia se dirigió a los presentes para dar a conocer su iniciativa “Uno a Uno”. Este es un programa de mentoría voluntaria para que los estudiantes participantes aumenten su asistencia, participación y responsabilidad académica en la escuela mientras aumenta su progreso académico en las materias básicas, logrando así cumplir con los requisitos para completar su de grado.

Desde Malawi, Africa, nos visitó William Kamkwamba.

La última parte fue una sección que ha sido constante en los eventos Student Leadership Showcase: la presentación de proyectos innovadores de estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS. En esta ocasión la estudiante Ayareliz Valcárcel, del Recinto Metro de la UIPR presentó su proyecto: Juegos interactivos educativos-promocionales. Una parte especial del evento fue la presentación especial del ingeniero africano William Kamkwamba, autor del libro The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, quien sacó unos minutos de su cargada agenda de promoción de su iniciativa internacional Moving Windmills, para compartir su historia y exhortar a los estudiantes a que continúen con su educación. El último mensaje de la agenda estuvo a cargo del Capitán Arland Miller de Cape Air, presentando el programa de aviación que tiene su Empresa con la Universidad Interamericana, Recinto de Bayamón.

“Estamos muy complacidos de que por quinta vez consecutiva pudimos realizar este encuentro de líderes universitarios para exponerlos a oradores invitados y familiarizarlos con la gran cantidad de servicios gratuitos que HETS ofrece para apoyarlos en su carrera académica, y que a su vez nos ayuden a compartir esta información con los estudiantes en sus instituciones”, dijo Yubelkys Montalvo, directora ejecutiva de HETS. Como resultado de pasados eventos, HETS creó el Comité Asesor de Estudiantes que ayuda a coordinar eventos futuros y a identificar los intereses y necesidades de este grupo, para colaborar en la búsqueda de soluciones y servicios que los apoyen. Estos estudiantes fueron presentados, junto a los estudiantes Embajadores de HETS. Montalvo añadió que “este año continuamos con más de 20 Estudiantes Embajadores, quienes recibirán una ayuda económica para promover los servicios para estudiantes en sus instituciones, como parte del Programa auspiciado por la Fundación Francisco Carvajal.”

Celebrando el 5to Aniversario de HETS, el DVJ King Arthur

Para finalizar con el evento la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, Yubelkys Montalvo reconoció la colaboración de nuestros auspiciadores, anfitriones y colaboradores que nos han apoyado durante los últimos cinco años para el éxito de este evento que celebra el liderazgo estudiantil entre nuestras instituciones miembros. Además, se presentaron los auspiciadores del evento: Inter Metro, Banco Popular de PR, ETS, Claro, Goya, Cape Air, Krispy Kreme, Café Yaucono, Coca Cola, Casa Grande Interactive, PR Emprende, InterTec, Costco, Frito Lays, Hotel Intercontinental, International Restaurants, Office Max y Camera Mundi. Concluidas las presentaciones en el Teatro, los participantes pasaron al Centro de Estudiantes donde se realizaron rifas de regalos cortesía de nuestros auspiciadores, disfrutaron de un suculento almuerzo cortesía de la Rectora del Recinto Metropolitano de la UIPR y bailaron con la música del DVJ King Arthur. Para más información sobre HETS y sus servicios puede comunicarse vía correo electrónico a info@hets.org, o llamando al (787) 250-1912 exts. 2373 / 2372.

Natalia Lugo y Daniel “El Travieso”, como parte del Popular College Tour.

Los comediantes, Alex Díaz, El Tipo Oficial y Natalia Lugo como parte del Popular College Tour.

Presentación de los Estudiantes Embajadores de HETS.

Parte de los participantes del evento, estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS (EDP University).

 

HETS re opens its office after Hurricane María hits Puerto Rico-

We are pleased to inform that HETS office has been operating from October 10th, 2017. HETS office remained closed since September 19, because due to the hurricane damage, electricity and Internet access were severely affected and there wasn’t any availability of it in the Island. We truly appreciate all the messages with your concerns, good thoughts, and disposition to help in the relief efforts. Our thoughts are also with all member institutions in PR, which have been affected and in some cases damaged too. Together we will achieve the unspeakable.

Regarding HETS next events, HETS Executive Committee will have a special meeting to make sure all the arrangements can be made to offer the events planned.  These events includes, HETS next board meeting that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 1st, and Friday 2nd, 2018 at the Inter American University, in  San Juan, PR, concurrent with the Best Practices Showcase. Click here for more information about this Conference, and to access the Call for Proposals. In case of any changes, we will inform it immediately.

Our special gratitude goes to HETS Treasurer, Manuel J. Fernós and his staff at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico for all their support during this emergency. They had made possible the temporary relocation of HETS office at the UIPR Central Offices (Multiuse Room #1). You may contact us either by calling (787) 766-1912 extension 2521, our phones (you can leave a message), or via email to info@hets.org.  In addition, HETS Executive Director will be accessible either by email, text or phone call at (787) 616-3201, in case of immediate assistance. We look forward to continue recovering to offer HETS services and initiatives this Academic Year to foster a greater collaboration among all of our members. Should you have any questions regarding HETS services or events, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.

 

 

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 info@hets.org  or call to phone (787) 616-3201. For the latest news regarding HETS, visit hets.org or its social media accounts, hetsorg on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram.

HETS Virtual Events

As a result of the crisis caused by Covid-19, HETS as part of its focus and mission, has been providing special support to member institutions in PR, USA and Latin America. To this end, webinars and virtual events have been coordinated, free of charge, through Blackboard Collaborate or other online platforms such as: Zoom, on topics related to the integration of technology in education .

 

Virtual Event- President’s Panel: Institutional Experiences and Protocols during the covid-19 pandemic and the future of Higher Education (watch here the recording)

 

Panelists:

Brief description: 

This virtual event held on June 26, 2020, was a panel of Presidents from different member institutions in Puerto Rico, United States of America, and Latin America, moderated by President Carlos Morales. These Presidents shared their expertise and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and what they think will be the future of Higher Education. The panel included representation of presidents from a community college, a 4-year college public and private and one International institution of learning about their vision based on their academic community and student population. The moderator, Dr. Carlos Morales, guided the discussion and the Q & A session with participants.


To obtain a certificate of participation:
 it must be requested by email to info@hets.org within seven days after the event. Please include on your petition email your full name, the date, and the title of the webinar. Certificates will only be sent to those who meet these requirements

UIPR FACULTAD DE DERECHO – CASA ABIERTA – 30 MARZO 2019

La CASA ABIERTA está dirigida a estudiantes de maestrías y bachilleratos y a otros profesionales con interés de continuar estudios en Derecho.  En la CASA ABIERTA,  los asistentes podrán compartir con estudiantes, profesores y ex alumnos de la Facultad y conocer de primera mano las fortalezas de la educación jurídica en esta Facultad de Derecho, así como el agradable ambiente de estudios y confraternización académica que le caracteriza.  

 Se ofrecerá además información sobre la preparación para los estudios de Derecho, los requisitos de admisión, el programa de estudios, las aportaciones académicas y sociales de sus estudiantes y profesores,  las ayudas económicas disponibles, los servicios estudiantiles, la variedad de organizaciones estudiantiles, y los programas internacionales y de movilidad estudiantil, entre otros. Durante el evento, HETS tendrá una sesión informativa sobre los servicios libre de costo accesibles a través de su Plaza Virtual.

Día: sábado 30 de marzo de 2019
Hora: 10:00 AM
Dirección física: Calle Federico Costa # 170, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
(Cerca de Plaza Las Américas)
http://www.derecho.inter.edu/inter/locationmap

Para más información puede comunicarse a la Oficina de Admisiones de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico al (787) 751- 1912  ext. 2056, 2013 o admisiones@juris.inter. 

Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de PR
Apartado 70351
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-8351
(787) 751- 1912 Ext. 2056, 2013
http://www.derecho.inter.edu/inter/

The 2018 Best Practices Showcase and Academic Fair gathered more than 25 Institutions from Puerto Rico and United States.

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 info@hets.org.

 

Winter Board Meeting held in Puerto Rico, included the Opening Session of the Virtual Best Practices Showcase.

BoardMembers-Feb2017

With attendance of more than 20 presidents and representatives from our institutional members; HETS celebrated its winter Board Meeting on February 9 and 10, 2017 at Inter American University, Central Offices in Puerto Rico. The meeting agenda included the Opening Session of the Virtual Best Practices Showcase, held on the afternoon of February 9, 2017. The Board meeting discussed the first semester of academic year 2016-2017 with positive report on our Strategic plan results, and envisioning numerous new projects for next academic year, including further development of the recently implemented HETS Commons initiative.

Among the initiatives HETS shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: the development of tailored online workshop offerings; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza, also a summary of the Student Leadership Showcase held in PR on September 2017, and the 2017 Virtual Best Practices Showcase Conference. Other HETS initiatives shared with the Board included; the results of the Online Journal publication and approval of its publishing agreement, HETS Spanish online workshops and the self-paced online workshops in English.

During the first day of meeting, HETS Chair Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto welcomed the representatives of two new member institutions: Dr. Mary Jo Parker from University of Houston-Downtown, and Dr. Viridiana Díaz from California State University, Sacramento. In addition, a corporate session was held on Friday 10, 2017, in which various partners’ representatives shared with Board Members their latest trends to support Hispanic Serving Institutions and its educational community included. Among these representatives were: Ms. Dorotha Ford from Blackboard; Mr. Matt Baker, from Dialpad Inc.; Mr. Malcolm Fleming, and Mr. Julio Ayala from Transworld Systems; and Mr. Eduardo Díaz from Internet Society of PR. We are looking forward to continuing strengthen our HETS initiatives in the upcoming year to foster a greater collaboration among all of our affiliates and widen our partnerships with other organizations, as we continue developing new strategies to innovate and support our services.

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Dr. José Jaime Rivera

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Opening Session of the Virtual Best Practices Showcase

After the first day meeting, all Board members joined the attendees of the 2017 Virtual Best Practices Showcase Opening Session at Inter American University of PR, Central offices. This session included a presentation regarding retention and assessment by Dr. José Jaime Rivera, former President of Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, and Esq. Linn Collazo from Inter American University Law School, presenting its initiatives of internationalization.

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Lin Collazo, Esq.

HETS invite and encourages all members to register free of charge to access all live and asynchronous presentations selected, at the following link: http://hets.org/hets-events/virtual-hets-best-practices-showcase-2017/registration. For more information about HETS projects, please contact the HETS office anytime via email info@hets.org or at 787-250-1912 extensions 2372 or 2373.

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