History of Information – Summer 2009

I was a co-lead instructor for the History of Information, an investigation into the cultural, political, institutional, and technological changes over time that shape how we think of information and what might be meant by contemporary notions of an “Information Age.” Key thematic topics included: the history of literacy; the relationship between media, technology, and notions of being public; the circulation of text and image in society; and the relationship between users of media and information systems and the institutional forces that shape information practices. Along with daily assignments, students were required to conduct group research projects into some aspect of the history of information. The class was attended by 48 undergraduates from a variety of national backgrounds and majors. It was cross listed in Information, History, Cognitive Science, and New Media.

Foundation of American Cybercultures – Fall 2004

I was a Graduate Student Instructor for the inaugural version of the Foundation of American Cybercultures, an examination of the cultural aspects of contemporary notions of “cyberculture,” emphasizing critical thinking through writing, research, and design. Students were required to both write about technology as well as learn some of the basic technical skills required to understand the internet and internet protocols. The class was attended by over 90 undergraduates from a variety of majors. It was cross listed in Art Practice, Rhetoric, and Gender and Women’s Studies. Instructors: Greg Niemeyer (Art Practice and New Media), Charis Thompson (Gender and Women’s Studies).

Digital Media Design Studio – Spring 2004

I was a teaching assistant in this project-based design class in which teams developed projects that investigated new ways of representing or using media. The class was attended by 10 graduate students in multiple departments. Instructor: Marc Davis (Information Management and Systems).