Teaching

Picure of Tom Mackey at Temple University

Tom Mackey presented at Temple University 2017

Tom Mackey with Sandra Barkevich and Anita Brown

I have been teaching in higher education for over twenty years, with a particular emphasis on learners as creative and informed producers of information. I have taught in a wide variety of settings including, large lecture classes, graduate seminars, living and learning environments, blended and online courses, guided independent study, international residency, as well as collaborative Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

At SUNY Empire State College, I teach Digital Storytelling, History & Theory of New Media, Information Design, Ethics of Digital Art & Design and Special Topics: Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World. I also teach intro and advanced level versions of Educational Planning and Independent Studies in Professional Digital Portfolio and Advanced Digital Art & Design Project. For the School for Graduate Studies, I have taught independent studies for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) in Metaliteracy, and Advanced Digital Storytelling, and for the Community and Economic Development (CAED) program I have taught Social and Community Informatics.

Over the past several years, I have worked with the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative to develop a connectivist Metaliteracy MOOC, and two Coursera MOOCs Empowering Yourself in a Connected World, and Empowering Yourself in a Post-Truth World. Videos from the MOOCs are available via our Metaliteracy YouTube Channel. We also developed a Metalitacy module for the Lumen Learning iSucceed College Success course.

During my time as a faculty member at the University at Albany, I developed and taught undergraduate courses in Information Science, including The Information Environment and Web Development, as well as graduate courses in Digital Imaging and the Web and The Information Environment.

I also developed and taught a course for the Honors College at the University at Albany in Social and Community Informatics, and then adapted that course to an Individualized Study format at SUNY Empire State College.

Earlier in my career, I taught several Human Diversity courses at The University at Albany, incorporating collaborative Web development to explore issues related to access, visual information, online communities, collaboration, and diversity in literature and art. This work led to my teaching in Project Renaissance, a first-year experience program at the university that addressed core themes related to human identity and technology.