Independent education and museum Consultant
David Greenfield is a doctoral candidate in Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University. His primary areas of interest are: the use of MOOCs in free-choice learning environments, trans-disciliplinary collaboration; integration of mobile technologies for creating communities of practice and communities of learners and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning initiatives.
David's personal, academic and professional background has been diverse, yet interrelated. He have worked on a farm, served in the military, built houses, trained as an artist, received a degree in history and has been working in interactive media since 1990. These experiences has led him to make choices that reflect his core values of a deep love of learning and a commitment to making a positive difference to society.
For over 20 years he has been professionally involved with museums, education, academia, and technology. As the New Media Coordinator of the Skirball Cultural Center, Educational Technologist for Hebrew Union College, and Instructional Technology Analyst for the School of Film and Television and the College of FIne Art at Loyola Marymount University , he has developed new media, fostered collaborative projects and taught teachers and students.
During that time he became progressively interested in the role that digital technology plays in enhancing learning environment. David has been exploring the use of narrative and storytelling as educational models, as well as expanding the role of informal learning environments. His academic work is strongly influenced by the work of Howard Gardner in multiple intelligences, Seymour Papert in communities of learning, Janet Murray on interactive media as well as Marc Prensky and Alan Kay, Robert Sternberg, Max DePree, Elliot Eisner, Jane MacGonigal, and of course John Dewey, and Lev Vygotsky (among others). Other creative influences in my thought process include Oliver Sachs, Mel Levine, Ben Shahn, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollack, Stanton MacDonald-Wright and the Bauhaus.