Co-creation of Knowledge in Technology-Enhanced Communities of Learning

Studies

Studies

Studies

The study is conducted as part of Mr. Yoni Har Carmel's doctoral thesis and under the instruction of Prof. Niva Elkin-Koren and Prof. Michal Yerushalmi.

Ever since printing technology became common, the traditional textbook has always  been regarded as the centerpiece of the pedagogical process and as an effective vehicle for delineating what and how K-12 students should learn.

Over the past two decades the educational system has been undergoing a significant evolution characterized, inter alia, by the introduction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into the educational process. Although the emergence of ICT did not entail the disappearance of the textbook, as anticipated by many, it had fundamentally revamped the concept thereof, re-shaped the relationships between the participants in the educational field and shaken the institutions that relied on textbooks.

By enabling the merging of the familiar features of the printed textbook and the affordances of the digital environment, ICT gave rise to the E-Textbook.

The Israeli law regulates the use of E-Textbooks from various aspects, e.g. textbook approval process, copyright regime and privacy protection mechanisms. Naturally, these legal provisions affect the ability to utilize the full pedagogical, financial and social potential of using digital instructional materials.

The study will focus on the legal issues arising from the technological-pedagogical evolution the use of textbook has undergone. The study will further examine the current legal status regarding the different aspects of the use of textbook in the light of the transition toward the age of information in k-12 education and. Consequently, the study will present an academic infrastructure for applying the normative modifications necessary for optimizing the combination of ICT and innovative pedagogical approaches.

 

The study is conducted as part of Mr. Yoni Har Carmel's doctoral thesis and under the instruction of Prof. Niva Elkin-Koren and Prof. Michal Yerushalmi.