- As seen in figure, it is possible to consider the
technological infrastructure just as the first layer that
can enable the production, communication, change and
share of content between students, students and
professors and even between professors by linking
computer resources and their respective contents.
- In that approach it is possible to have an experimental
education lab where innovative situations can be tested.
An example is the group assessment where three students
make an exam: one at the classroom, another in a social
location and the third in the library, each one with
their functions and communicate between them using the
network and its favorite computer tools (Gouveia, 1996).
- The system itself can be a good prototype for a local
information society where different people from different
courses can interact using a strong digital base for its
relationship. One example could be the call for help in
students projects from subjects more related to
some courses them others, or initiatives like the
ecological interest group Geonucleo - that have
their own web pages (Barnatt, 1995).
- One key point for NetLab is its emphasis in interpersonal
communication among students, where some projects are
proposed to try put people from different class and years
interacting and work together. The first initiative to
that was the creation of an internal IRC service (run by
students) to put people on line and turn the
network in a live and exciting experience that deserves a
daily connection just to see what happens there!