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

February 4 to 12, 2021


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All the recordings will be available until June 14, 2021.

Proposed Schedule per week

To read a brief description of each presentation please click on it’s title. To learn more about the presenters, click their name to read a short bio.

1st Week – February 4, 2021

February 4, 2021

Live Opening Presentation: Strategically use of Technology to Support, Drive and Optimize Retention of Online Students and the Learning Gap as a Result of the Pandemic. Panel moderated by: Dr. Juan “Tito”Meléndez-Alicea, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Panelists: Dr. Omayra Caraballo, Mr. Carlos Guevara, Dr. Maritza Rondón, Mr. Francisco García y Dr. Alice J. Casanova. 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (EST)
1:30 – 3:00 pm (AST/ PR time)
Asynchronous presentations will be uploaded and available from February 4 to 12, 2021

2nd week – February 8 to 12, 2021
Live Transmissions per Track

February 10, 2021
Track 1: Innovation
La implementación de estrategias de apoyo a la facultad en tiempos de pandemia: La experiencia de dos instituciones.
Presented by: Dr. Carlos Morales, TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College, and Dr. Alice J. Casanova, EDP University (This presentation will be in Spanish)

Developing Infographics for Graduate Students at a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
Presented by Dr. Amanda Giust, and Dr. Diana M. Valle Riestra, Albizu University, Miami Campus (presented in English)
3:00 – 3:45 pm (EST) (4:00- 4:45 pm AST/ PR Time)

3:45 – 4:30 pm (EST)
(4:45- 5:30 pm AST/ PR Time)
February 11, 2021
Track 2: Retention
Flipping your Classroom: Using Technology to Improve Student Learning.
Presented by: Dr. Amber M. Gonzalez, California State University, Sacramento (presented in English)

Student and Faculty Perspectives on Student Evaluation of Teaching: A Cross-Sectional Study at a Community College.
Presented by: Dr. Sherese Mitchell, Mr. Carlos Guevera, and Ms. Sylvia Reyes, Hostos Community College (CUNY) (presented in English)
3:00 – 3:45 pm (EST)
(4:00 – 4:45 pm AST/ PR Time)

3:45 – 4:30 pm (EST)
(4:45 – 5:30 pm AST / PR Time)
February 12, 2021

Track 3: Online Learning/Technology Integration
La creación de un “elearning commons” para el desarrollo de competencias en investigación y comunicación científica: Un modelo híbrido exitoso.
Presented by: Mr. Efraín Flores-Rivera, UPR Recinto Ciencias Médicas, Ms. Mildred Rivera Vázquez, Universidad Central del Caribe, and Ms. Lizbelle De Jesús, UPR Recinto Ciencias Médicas. (This presentation will be in Spanish)

Moving to Online-Only Instruction: An Instructional Designer’s Point of View.
Presented by: Ms. Claudia Vela, Ms. Elizabeth Zamarrón, and Mr. Roberto Rivera, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley. (This presentation will be in Spanish)
 3:00 – 3:45 pm (EST)
(4:00- 4:45 pm AST/ PR Time)

3:45 – 4:30 pm (EST)
(4:45 – 5:30 pm AST / PR Time)
Live webcasted presentations will be archived at the platform and accessible with the rest of asynchronous presentations

Asynchronous presentations: available 24 hours from February 8 to February 12, 2021. Each presentation will be up to 30 minutes long.

TrackPresentation TitlePresenters
Innovation  Assessing the Needs and Experiences of First-Generation Students’ Transition to Remote Learning Due to COVID – 19 Pandemic at a Hispanic Serving Institution (presented in English)Dr. Victoria Black,
Dr. Gloria Martinez, and
Ms. Sylvia Gonzales,
Texas State University 
InnovationCollaborating for the Cloud: Peer-to-Peer Professional and Curriculum Development (presented in English)Mr. Ryan Pierce, M.S., B.S., Louisiana Delta Community College
 Ms. Raven Dora, M.S, B.S.,
Baton Rouge Community College, and Prof. Tracie King, Delgado Community College
InnovationCSI-IT – A New Tool for A New World   (presented in English)Dr. Patricia Kahn, Doriann Pieve-Hyland, Linda John, Benji Kuriakose, and Edward Patri, College of Staten Island
InnovationEl uso de la tecnología virtual en la enseñanza de la contabilidad   (This presentation will be in Spanish)Prof. Mayra L. Mojica Butler, Hostos Community College
InnovationLa nueva conciencia radio  (This presentation will be in Spanish)Dr. Jun Arian Reyes Perez,
Ms. Natalysh Ortíz Martínez, and Mr. Carlos Cruz López, Colegio Universitario de San Juan
InnovationNuevos escenarios para los MOOC   (This presentation will be in Spanish)Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez Alicea, Dra. Yahaira Torres-Rivera, Aixa Aguirre-Esquilín, Zamary García-Ortíz, Marie Medina-Cetout, Ygor D Ruíz, Rita Santiago-Tricoche, and Mariluz Serrano-Ortíz, Universidad de PR, Río Piedras
Retention  Stop, Listen and Learn: How One System Office Created a Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (presented in English)Dr. Amy Cable, and Mr. Quinton Taylor, MPA, Louisiana Community and Technical College System
Online Learning/
Technology Integration
Bridging the Gap – Linking LPN experience to RN practice via Innovative Virtual Learning (presented in English)Mrs. Allison Adams, Fletcher Technical Community College and Dr. Wendi S. Palermo, Louisiana Community and Technical College System
Online Learning/
Technology Integration
Building Capacity and Foundational Structures to Transition to Remote Instruction   (presented in English)Mr. Carlos Guevara, Mr. Wilfredo Rodriguez, M.S., B.S., and Prof. Jacqueline DiSanto, Hostos Community College
Online Learning/
Technology Integration
Cambio de estrategias en la enseñanza para un aprendizaje transformador   (This presentation will be in Spanish)Prof. Iliana Ballester Panelli, and Prof. Alba Brugueras-Fabres, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
Online Learning/
Technology Integration
Educación Virtual: Un Enfoque de Calidad   (This presentation will be in Spanish)Dra. María Bonilla-Romeu, and Profa. Mildred Ortiz, Universidad Interamericana de PR, Recinto de San Germán
Online Learning/
Technology Integration
Faculty Professional Development Series: Infographics (presented in English)Mrs. Frances M García, and Dr. Diana M. Valle-Riestra, Albizu University, Miami Campus
Online Learning/
Technology Integration
La oferta académica en línea de Puerto Rico: Actualización a otoño 2020   (This presentation will be in Spanish)Dr. Marcos Torres-Nazario, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ponce
Online Learning/
Technology Integration
Students Active Learning and Engagement While Zooming (presented in English)Dr. Nancy Velázquez-Torres, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Online Learning/
Technology Integration
Summer Bridge Research Programs – A COVID Challenge   (presented in English)Dr. Mary Jo Parker, University of Houston Downtown
Online Learning/
Technology Integration
Using “Remind” to establish direct communication between faculty and students during COVID-19   (presented in English)Dr. Tanvir Prince, Hostos Community College