Department of Learning, Instruction and Teaching, Department
University of Haifa
Oren Golan is a researcher at the Faculty of Education at Haifa University and head of the program of Technologies in Educaiton https://sites.google.com/a/edtech.haifa.ac.il/en/home. Golan's axis of research is on new media, society and informal education, with a strong emphasis on digital youth and online religion. He is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and in 2009/10 spent a visiting year at NYU's center for religion and Media, and was awarded a Postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University to spend 2 years as a visiting scholar (2010-12).
My research group functions as a community net lab focusing on the ways that clearly defined (primordial) communities (re)form social boundaries through the use of new media (i.e. the Internet, mobile communication) and knowledge that is constructed online. Members of the group engage in different communities (i.e. Zionist religious Jews, Haredim, Philippines in Israel, Reform Jewry, the Custodia Terrae Sanctae Franciscan order) and investigate different social aspects of their new media activities including acquiring life skills, online dating, online journalism, religious mobile app developments and more. Thus informal knowledge and its dissemination through new media are evaluated as it impacts social identities and boundaries of each community.