Virtual HETS Best Practices Showcase 2019 – Showcase Tracks

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Celebrating Innovation in Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology to
Promote Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education

February 7  – February 15,  2019

The 2019 Virtual HETS Best Practices Showcase will focus on three main tracks: Access, Retention and Online Learning and Technology Integration in Higher Education. These topics were identified through the survey HETS office sent to all member institutions, and are included on the HETS Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Directors. Please read below descriptions of each track:

Access

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 about opportunities available to access and succeed in Higher Education. This track is intended to showcase innovative practices that strategically use technology to promote or enhance internationalization activities in distance education and regular programs. Some examples include:

  • Hispanic-focused projects that use technology tools and resources to increase access to Higher Education, and increase student 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 internationalization issues in both face-to-face education and distance education

Retention

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 innovatively and strategically 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 in supporting and increasing Hispanic student retention in online courses or programs. Some examples include:

  • Projects that demonstrate how your institution adapt 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 promote quality in the online environment
  • Projects that demonstrated the usefulness of new technologies like mobile technology and social media, tablets, 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 Bilingual
  • Identify risk factors associated with financial crisis, to develop online support services to help students overcome them

Online Learning and Technology Integration

This track is intended to showcase innovative practices that strategically use technology to support, drive, and optimize online courses or programs, and promoting the effective development and design through the innovative and strategic use of technology in Distance Learning. We seek presentations with the one of the following topics:

  • Projects that demonstrate how your institution promote quality in the online environment
  • Projects that demonstrate how your institutions design and offer mobile learning
  • Best practices in online courses using web 2.0 tools and open source applications
  • Projects that demonstrate how your institution manage/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, M learning, focusing on demonstrations of technology usage
  • Projects that demonstrate how your institution address cultural diversity among students on virtual learning environments, with emphasis on immigrant Hispanic students, and providing for the acquisition and development of coping and adaptive strategies such as resiliency
  • Projects using analytics as a source of students’ learning assessment processes, and assessment and development or existing or new virtual academic programs

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