Meet Lawrence Maki

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“I find teaching, and watching students progress and grow, to be very rewarding.”

Larry joined College of the Rockies in 2016 as instructor for both COMP 153: Introduction to Data Processing and COMP 154: Computer Applications in Business. With a master’s degree in Learning and Technology, he has a keen interest in all things technological.

“Technology is constantly evolving so it remains fresh and exciting,” he said. “Since computing and technology affects individuals, organizations, and societies, we need to consider safety, security, privacy, and ethics in order to implement it effectively.”

Prior to joining the College, Larry taught at another BC college, and worked in technology development, implementation, and training in both private and public sectors. He finds teaching in an academic environment like the College to be particularly gratifying.

As the fall semester will involve primarily online instruction for most programs, Larry’s familiarity and comfort with technology gives him a bit of an advantage.

“I would like to use technology to enhance the learning environment,” he said. “Online meeting platforms, video, chat, and forums can all be used to help students feel more connected.”

Larry also plans to use these same technologies to facilitate two-way conversations to get to know his students better.

“I have learned a lot from my students as they share their experiences, cultural backgrounds, and individual perspectives,” he said. “They often provide new insights as they bring fresh viewpoints to the learning environment. I look forward to more mutual learning this semester.”

Away from the classroom, Larry enjoys being outdoors mountain biking, skiing, hiking, fishing and travelling to new locations. While it is not surprising that he also takes pleasure in trying out new technologies, you might also find him in the kitchen whipping up an eclectic mix of cuisines.

“I’m told my pizza is one of my best dishes,” he said.

As he embarks on a unique semester, Larry offers some words of advice to all students:

“Ask questions. Stay on top of things and remember that effort put in now will pay off for years to come. And don’t forget to take care of yourself, physically and mentally.”