U-Learning Pedagogical Management: Cognitive Processes and Hypermediatic Resources Involved in Web-Based Collaborative Workspace

U-Learning Pedagogical Management: Cognitive Processes and Hypermediatic Resources Involved in Web-Based Collaborative Workspace

Jocelma Almeida Rios (Instituto Federal de Educação, Brazil), Emanuel do Rosário Santos Nonato (Universidade do Estado da Bahia, Brazil), Mary Valda Souza Sales (Universidade do Estado da Bahia, Brazil) and Tereza Kelly Gomes Carneiro (Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4542-4.ch015


The Internet has permitted some changes that may not have been foreseen on its initial design. We started to constitute friendly or professional interactions, and it eventually enabled the emergence of collaborative actions that resulted in cognitive processes in unusual ways, that is, that take place without the physical presence of those involved but with the effective participation of everyone involved in a broad and democratic approach, constituting a collective intelligence. In the professional world, these interactions can turn into significant gains to developed activities. This chapter reviews relevant findings concerning the cognitive aspects related to the knowledge construction developed under the collaborative work approach in Learning Management Systems (LMS). When working collaboratively in a LMS, the subjects engage in cognitive processes mediated by hypermedia resources that potentially have positive impact on their ability to construct, sense, and/or produce knowledge, to the extent that these resources dynamically dialogue with the already markedly multimodal human cognitive ability. In order to support the analysis, the authors present the relationship between cognitive processes and hypermedia and their influence on knowledge production in an LMS. They also present two experiences developed in Moodle, which showed the possibility of using such resources for people prone to collaboration, resulting in a continuous design optimization of the mentioned course.
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In the first half of the twentieth century, the management model used by organizations was inspired by the experiences and ideas of Henry Ford, with production at assembly lines of large scale and the theory of scientific management; Max Weber, with studies on bureaucracy that guides the management by formality, impersonality and hierarchical professionalism to achieve discipline, rigor and confidence; Henri Fayol, with 14 principles of management, including the division of labor, hierarchy, centralization, order and discipline (Maximiniano, 2000). All of these approaches had as main objective to increase productivity, based on strict rules of organization and control, not taking into account aspects related to job satisfaction.

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