The E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center (TLC) of UM Saint Louis' College of Education functions as an educational technology hothouse: A place to learn about important developments in the field while receiving paced and specific support. The TLC is maintained as a state-of-the-art environment with the directed aim to mirror and model excellent technology integration in the modern classroom. In service to this objective, a number of technologies are made available in and outside the Center for developing and carrying out technology-based projects. Please see our facilities listing and technology overview for more details.
The TLC is a generous gift from retired St. Louis businessman E. Desmond Lee. He helped create the Center around the vision of UM-Saint Louis Education Dean Emiritus, Dr. Charles Schmitz and Dr. Carl Hoagland, Emerson Electric Endowed Professor of Technology and Learning, current Director of the Center. Unlike UMSL's other technology computer labs, the Technology and Learning Center has as its primary focus to meet the needs of teaching professionals: college faculty, students, K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators. We are committed to helping our clientele use technology in new and exciting ways.
Within the Center, our goal is to make visits as positive as possible. We respect everyone's level of technology expertise by answering questions as simply and as clearly as possible. Toward this end, the Center sponsors instructional programs for faculty, staff and students; provides spacious and ergo dynamic workstations; allows for free discussion (no cell phone calls please) and yes, we even encourage you to bring in your food and drink.
The Center is fully staffed and trained to provide support in core technologies. Secondary support may also be scheduled for technological interests outside of this core. In either case, if the TLC is unable to provide answers, we will make every effort to point you in the right direction for further exploration.
While built for the use of education students, faculty and staff, the TLC's doors are open to not only the University as a whole, but also to members of the community. However, though the Center may be a drop-in facility, please make a reservation to ensure that space and resources will be available for you. If you are a member of the University you may request space and services through our scheduling system or alternately if you are outside of the University or have specific questions, feel free to contact us directly.
The TLC continually extends itself into the Saint Louis community by offering professional development workshops to area educators and administrators. In this way we believe the power of technology integration can be accelerated and more fully developed within institutions.
The TLC is guided by the concept of change management for the purpose of providing an adaptive and evolving structure on which to insure effective implementation of our mission goals. Toward this goal, we actively encourage all to participate in this mission and ask you to share your thoughts and vision the next time you visit us.