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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Computer by Donald A. Norman is reviewed
by Kyle Johnson.
Cyberspace edited by Beth E. Kolko, Lisa
Nakamura, and Gilbert B. Rodman is reviewed by Gerry
Stuart Brown updates activities on StudentAffairs.com,
including changes in the format of the Short Course