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

Research Group: 
Dr. Oren Golan
Ass. Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari
Academic Institute: 
University of Haifa

Akiva Berger

Akiva is a doctoral student in the “Technologies in Education Program” at the University of Haifa.


Having completed his Masters thesis on student-teacher relationships in online settings, Akiva has turned his attention to religious practice as expressed in online environments. His pre-proposal, entitled “Constructing Religious Authority Online: Epistemic Religious Learning amongst Jewish Religious Zionist Orthodoxy in Israel,” has been recently approved. The study is supervised by Dr. Oren Golan and Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari.


Berger’s dissertation focuses on how online religious authority is constructed, socialized and employed by believers in the Religious Zionist community who use Jewish religious sites. By studying the ways that online religious authority is constructed, Berger aims to shed light on the connection between power and learning in the digital age, illuminating how religious authority emerges under conditions of competition and shifting social circumstances.