1974 to 1998

[Robin Lawrason at Temple]

In 1974, I arrived at Temple University in Philadelphia after two years at the College of Education at the University of British Columbia. My new job was to set up the Media Learning Center to replace the old Language Lab in the old College Hall on Broad Street. In 1976 we moved into new media labs in the Humanities Building on 12th Street, then renamed Anderson Hall. Over the years, I saw many changes and improvements in instructional technologies. When I arrived in 1974 we were saddled with an aging reel dial up access audio lab for foreign language use. We turned that into a more responsive audio cassette lab that allowed students the freedom to take their own copies of tapes out of the labs.

In addition, we built a media collection of thousands of audiotapes and videotapes for faculty and students to use within the Arts and Sciences, either in the labs or in the classrooms. During the 90s we added 100 student computer workstations which allow students to access instructional computer programs on our own network as well as connect to other Temple sites such as Paley Library and main frame computing for E-mail and the Internet.

Over the summer of 1996, I began a new challenge as Director of Instructional Resources for the College of Arts and Sciences. This new assignment will free me from much of the day to day running of the Computer Labs and allow me to work more closely with faculty to assist them plan and use new technologies in their own teaching.

The most exiting and challenging part of my new assignment was working with our own faculty and other Temple instructional support service units to develop new and improved instructional resources and strategies. Resources that served not only our students, but also reached out to new students. I conducted workshops for faculty on topics such as Developing Your Own Web Pages or Using Collaborative Learning Strategies and Technologies. At the end of my position during 1997 and 1998, I worked with the technology committee planning new smart classrooms in existing lecture theaters as well as the overall design of Tuttleman Learning Center, a state of the art new classroom building with lecture halls, smart classrooms and computer labs and an expanded library.

But by May 1998, I was ready for a new life and challenges. I "retired" at age 56 to begin a new life in a new country with new friends.

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