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Finding the RIGHT Digital Tool

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2021 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

Choosing digital tools to support student learning can be a tortuous process with so many things to consider. Every step of the way there are questions about quality, support for student learning, technology compatibility, and more with different priorities for different institutions. This panel of  advisory board members shares their experiences conducting product reviews as part of developing a resource to help  navigate these complex questions. Through use of a rubric  they helped design, product reviews reflect evaluation of  equity, efficacy, functionality and more. The site recently launched and is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with Tyton Partners.


Valerie Jones

Associate Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs | Lone Star College

Valerie Jones joined Lone Star College in 2019 as the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Prior to this appointment, she served for six years as the vice president for instruction at Odessa College, winner of the Aspen Institute Rising Star Award in 2017 and 2019, and the 2018 Achieving the Dream Leah Meyer Austin Award.  Dr. Jones previously served the community college students of North Carolina for 15 years. Her degrees in secondary education, multicultural literature, gender studies, and diversity and equity in education along with her foundation as a faculty member, shape her approach to learning outcomes and learning-centered instructional reform.

Erin Lynch, EdD, CRA

Associate Provost of Scholarship, Research and Innovation | Winston-Salem State University

Dr. Erin Lynch, CRA is the Associate Provost of Scholarship, Research, and Innovation at Winston-Salem State University. Dr. Lynch’s research area is strategic planning and program development. Her work is in educational assessment, program evaluation, and campus climate research. She is published in the topics of leadership, innovation management, and instructional design. Her current research seeks to develop a national database for STEM faculty to use to locate Broadening Participation research interventions to support broadening participation efforts in STEM.

Dr. Julian O. Allen

Chief Learning Innovations Officer, AVP | Georgia State University

As Georgia State’s Chief Learning Innovations Officer, Dr. Allen leads a team of innovators in the areas of learning design, technology, analytics, and community development, focusing on equity for learners from all backgrounds.