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1. was the site the I explored.

2. I thought that the site was very interactive and informative, becasue it had several platforms that accommodates my interest. the site is dynamic, which means that it is interactive not static, it allows one to create links between documents, and the information posted is highlyintegrated.

Two parts of the site I found to be very collaborative and they were theDynaBabyl and DynaClass. The DynaBabyl site enables one to incorporate discussion about a specific document they are interested in and receive input for others who may provide suggestions, direction and general commentary concerning the subject matter. The DynaClass encourages open discussions on a range of topics. The dynamic interaction provides real time input for those studying specific interest to achieve understanding at different levels. One of the key aspects of collaboration is the concept of mutual support for pursuing a common goal. Supporting one another allow mutual understanding of a common theme.

As for the comparison with the Swiki, I believe, that both have collaborative attributes, but I think the Swiki is a little easier to us. That is just my personal preference. I suppose that if I were to use the DynaClass and DynaBabyl more and for a specific purpose I would garner a deeper understanding specifically about knowledge construction.

3. I have read several books on various forms of collaboration. The most recent one was "the Deliberative Practitioner" by John Forester. This book explores different techneques for solving and resolving complex issues in a public formum. It certainly uses some aspects of cooperation and collaboration as tools for that purpose. the public issues addressed in the book are those concerning the environment, public housing,urban design and many others. The one prominent or constant through out the book is the degree of complexity associated with competiting interest of stakeholders. Collaboration and cooperation are key in understanding this complexity.

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