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Journal Entry - Six [posted Wednesday,October 8,2008]

I have had a successful week researching peer-reviewed articles for the literature review for my AR Project. One of the articles, Peer to Peer Adaptive Awareness (Ye, Boies, Huang, Tsotsos, 2001) did not have much to offer in the way of specifics in dealing with my proposed Project, but presented a wealth of terminology and conceptual understanding. For instance, learning the difference between synchronous mode (activities occur at the same time and in the same place); distributed synchronous mode (activities occur at the same time but in different places); asynchronous mode (activities occur at different times in the same place); and, distributed asynchronous mode (activities occur at different and places) was extremely helpful. Putting a name, “distributed synchronous mode,” to my Project was an important step in the process. This article enabled me to identify and define the method used in my proposed peer-support virtual environment. Additional terms such as multi-agent technologies, instant awareness, real-time communication, distributed cooperative environment, peer to peer computing, are all words and phrases that I will use when designing my presentation. Larger concepts presented in this article will also be helpful: adjust distances among co-workers “smart distance” (technologies can shorten this distance); knowledge pool and adaptive awareness among co-workers “collective power” (inhabits dynamic collaborative environments); “awareness network” (performance of the individual members and the team as a whole is maximized). The authors offered a unique way of emphasizing the social aspects of collaboration through multi-user, multi-agent environment. This concept will be advantageous when proposing a plan of action to my advisory panel.