Prof. Yoram Eshet

Discipline: Education

Expert in: Technology and learning

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Key words:Education; learning; technology; digital literacy; instructional design; academic dishonesty; online reading;  


Please provide an overview of your current research project and the specific problem or question you are addressing

I'm currently engaged in the following research projects: (1) Multimedia and learning. (2) Digital literacy: The literacy skills that learners must master in the digital era. (3) Reading from print vs. digital displays

What motivated you to pursue research in the field of education and learning technology systems? Was there a particular experience or event that sparked your interest?

I came to the study of learning technologies after being involved for twenty years in the development of computer-based learning environments. My research in this area is a continuation of my great curiosity about the way digital technologies affect human thinking and the way we learn, share knowledge, and communicate with each other.
As a researcher in this field, what aspects or emerging developments excite you the most? Are there any specific technological innovations or pedagogical approaches that you find particularly promising for improving education?  

As I mentioned, what fascinates me the most in researching learning technologies is not the technology itself, because technologies appear and disappear. I am interested in the pedagogical adjustments we make for the effective implementation of innovative technologies in learning and human communication.

Innovation and research-driven modernity 

Please share an example of a research finding or insight that you are particularly proud of. How does it contribute to the broader understanding of education and in what ways does your research address the challenges and demands of today's educational landscape? How do you envision your work making a positive impact on teaching and learning practices?  

The research findings I am proudest of are those dealing with digital literacy. I developed a conceptual model that describes digital literacy with the help of six thinking skills. This model is one of the most cited in the world of research today. Later, I conducted many empirical studies examining the level of digital literacy among learners from different age groups and the changes over time in the mastery of these skills. These studies shed light on the emphasis that should be placed in educational systems on the development of digital literacy skills.

The personal belief I hold as a researcher 

As a researcher, how do you balance theoretical exploration with practical implementation? How do you ensure that your research findings can be translated into tangible solutions for educational settings? 

In all my research projects there is a combination of theory and practice, therefore the research findings allow their immediate application in learning and teaching.
My 20-word sentence:

My research examines how bilingualism and cognitive control mutually affect learning, assessing variations in digital learning processes.