Webinars in English

HETS will continue during this semester with the initiative discussed with the HETS Distance Learning Task Force to recognize Distance Learning professionals at HETS Member Institutions of developing targeted webinars to provide tools for their roles.

HETS Webinars:

Webinar titled: From Many to One: Aligning Online Course review tools and standards. Watch Webinar recording here).

  • April 21, 2020 at 10:30 am -11:30 am Central (CST) /11:30 am (EST/ PR Time)
    The presenters: Austin Haynes, Elearning Graphic Designer; and David Denny, Instructional Designer from TCC Connect Campus, Tarrant County College

    • Brief description of the topic: This presentation will focus on the emerging need to align institutional standards in course design to national, state and institutional rubrics. Tarrant County College (TCC) currently utilizes the Quality Matters (QM) rubric to review online course content. The QM has established standards to certify the quality of online and blended courses. Additionally, institutions must consider the standards set forth by national and state accrediting organizations such as Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Finding the similarities in these standards and aligning these tools allows more time for instructional design staff to work collaboratively with faculty to build course content and pedagogical strategies.

Webinar titled: Improving Student Success in Accelerated Course Offerings. (Watch webinar recording here)

  • March 20, 2020 at 11:00 am -12:00 pm Central (CST) /12:00 pm (EST/ PR Time)
    The presenter: Dr. David Pearse, from the Division of Accelerated Programs at TCC Connect Campus, Tarrant County College

    • Brief description of the topic: Accelerated courses can be defined as traditional three-credit hour courses delivered in less than a full 16 week semester. Many colleges and universities have experienced varied success with the delivery of accelerated classes. Offering the accelerated course online can also provide extra challenges to student success. This presentation will discuss some best practices for student success in accelerated online classes.

Webinar titled: The Hybrid Academy – A Professional Development for faculty teaching Hybrid Courses. (Watch webinar recording here)

  • February 27, 2020 at 11:30 am -12:30pm Central (CST) /12:30 pm (EST)/ 1:30 pm (PR Time).
    The presenters: Jessica Handley and Roberto Rivera Instructional Designers from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

    • Brief description of the topic: It is evident that the demand for online and hybrid courses continues to grow. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, more than 6 million higher education students were enrolled in some type of distance education courses in the year 2017. As the demand for hybrid courses increases, senior leaders are focusing on the quality of hybrid delivery.  The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, as Hispanic Serving Institution, has developed and implemented Professional Development called Hybrid Academy that provides faculty with the knowledge, skills, and exposure to resources necessary to design, develop, and facilitate hybrid instruction. The professional development goes over national standardized best practices, current research, and instructional design principles. The Hybrid Academy Professional Development was created completely in UTRGV official learning management system, Blackboard. It consists of 7 Modules that are all required components of the Hybrid Academy.  Each module contains lessons and assessments created in SoftChalk Lesson Builder, Faculty Videos for Micro-Lectures, Discussion Forums and Reflective online Blogs. Also, weekly live sessions are conducted using Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom web conferencing.

Webinar titled: UTRGV Blueprinting Process: Our quality assurance process for Online Programs. (Watch webinar recording here)

  • February 18, 2020 at 11:30 am -12:30pm Central (CST) / 12:30 pm (EST)/ 1:30 pm (PR Time).
    The presenters: Josie Stoleson and Toni Saldivar Instructional Designers from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

    • Brief description of the topic: To ensure consistency and quality in online programs, UTRGV faculty must participate in our blueprinting process. During the process, faculty go over our 6 module-13-week course in which they learn the concepts of designing a quality online course and learn strategies and best practices in online teaching. Upon completing of the session, participants will be able to learn the concepts of quality in the design of online programs, review Quality Matters Rubric, and review the components of the UTRGV Blueprinting Process.


These webinars were hosted by Dr. Carlos Morales, HETS Vice Chair and President of TCC Connect Campus, Tarrant County College. Again, this webinars are free of charge, when available you only need to register completing the form that will be available on this page soon.


To all those registered to participate, an email will be sent with the link to Bb Collaborate to connect to the webinars. Please, feel free to share this invitation to your peers that can also take advantage of this initiative. If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to contact us anytime.

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