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Editor's Note


Different worlds... different rules. After reading the Summer 2000 edition of Student Affairs Online, I am struck by how technology has begun to blur reality, if only slightly. At the moment, I'm sitting on my porch, with an iBook on my lap, and a cool breeze blowing through the trees. Not only have I been liberated from the 8-5 confines of "office reality", I have also become "desk free" and can actually work outside if I want. To check an author's URL, I dial-up and connect to the Internet. Suddenly, I become less aware of my comfortable surroundings as I enter the "out of body" experience of surfing the 'net. I find the URL, check on an e-bay auction, download an internship report from a student, monitor a discussion thread on Microsoft's legal programs, and then disconnect. I'm back on the porch.

As most of these articles discuss, some of our professional assumptions work in both the digital and analog worlds. Others do not. We hope these articles aid in sorting-out some of these differences.

Daniel W. Salter

Inside This Issue

Featured Articles

In Student Affairs and Technology: An Introduction to the Integration of dot.coms and Student Affairs, Daniel J. Volchok leads us through the expanding world of internet portals, both on and off campus, which are now being marketed to students. Some considerations for practitioners are offered.

Kevin Drumm takes us on a different type of journey through cyberspace. In his article, There and Back Again: A High Technology Odyssey, Drumm draws upon his experience as a cyber-educator to alert student affairs to new challenges, ranging from changing clients to organizational culture.

Rather than having an article on the subject of female students' internet relationships, we thought that the readers might draw their own conclusions from a STUDEV listserv exchange on this topic. And, for those of you have a never a part of an online discussion, you can also get a sense of the flow of this process.

Speaking of online conversations and cybercommunities, we present a brief interview with Craig Newmark and his Vision for Creating Online Communities. Can Newmark's success translate into higher education and student affairs?

You may pause before you hit the "send email" button next time, after reading Will Barratt's provocative article, Email Confidentiality and Data Security. Will also provides some good solutions.

Internet Rights and Responsibilities

Old Fears, New Forms addresses how technology is creating a new paradigm of student affairs practice. Wallace Eddy compares the "old way" of doing our jobs with the newer, emerging challenges.

Product Reviews

Starting with this edition of SAO, we will periodically bring you critiques of some of the latest technology products in the marketplace. The information provided will not only discuss the products or services but, as much as possible, describe how they can be utilized within the framework of student affairs. Our initial reviews, by Stuart Brown, are for

Graduate Student Articles

Each of these graduate student contributors offers her "take" on the the relationship between efforts at online education and students affairs practice.

Book Reviews

For many folks, summer is traditionally a time to catch-up on some reading. In this edition of SAO, we have four reviews of current books related to technology, which you may want to consider.
Digital Mythologies: The Hidden Complexities of the Internet by Thomas Valovic is reviewed by Jowel C. Laguerre.

Cyberpower: The Culture of Politics of Cyberspace and the Internet by Tim Jordan is reviewed by Sandy MacLean.

The Invisible Computer by Donald A. Norman is reviewed by Kyle Johnson.

Race in Cyberspace edited by Beth E. Kolko, Lisa Nakamura, and Gilbert B. Rodman is reviewed by Gerry Muir.

On StudentAffairs.Com

Stuart Brown updates activities on, including changes in the format of the Short Course program.