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am currently a doctoral student in Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University. My primary areas of interest are the relationships between collaboration, creativity and learning.
My personal, academic and professional background has been diverse, yet interrelated. I have worked on a farm, served in the military, build houses, trained as an artist, received a degree in history and have been working in interactive media since 1990. All of these experiences have led me to try to make choices that reflect my core values of a deep love of learning and a commitment to making a positive difference to society.
As a painter. I used my work to understand and comment on the relationships between text, images and the human spirit. I was particularly interested in the role of public art in society and education. My work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York and Israel. Additionally, I have had work selected to represent the city of Los Angeles in a international travelling exhibition of sister cities.
One project that I am very proud of was time as an artist-in residence at an art center in northern Israel. There I worked with children from the schools of the three main western faiths- Jewish, Christian and Moslem to create collaborative public art that would educate the children to each other and leave a legacy for future school children. In Jewish history, I studied the relationship between historical events and the development of theological and spiritual texts especially relating to ethical actions.
For the over 12 years I have been professionally involved in museums and education and academia, as the New Media Coordinator of the Skirball Cultural Centee, Educational Technologist for Hebrew Union College and currently as Instructional Technology Analyst for the School of Film and Television and the College of FIne Art at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. During that time I bcame progressively interested in the role that digital technology plays in enhancing learning environment. I have also been exploring the use of narrative and storytelling as educational models. My 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. Other creative influences in my thought process include Oliver Sachs, Mel Levine, Ben Shahn, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollack,
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