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During Spring semester, I teach our department's graduate course
in the use of psychological tests. While one typically views testing
as a rather dry and unexciting science (although, not when I teach it
*smile*), the introduction of computer technology has begun to
reshape the entire landscape. Venerable tests like the GRE are now
being given online, with literally thousands of others making the
transition. The first two articles in this edition address aspects of
this growing trend in online data collection in student affairs.
In our next edition, SAO will be reporting the results of a
Virtual Case Study
Competition for graduate students in student affairs. Please
encourage any emerging professionals you know to participate. Details
can be found at the link.
Steve Chatman tackles one of the central issues
related to online data collection. He outlines some of the
advantages and challenges that occur when one departs from the
typical paper-pencil format in Going
Beyond the Conversion of Paper Survey Forms to Web Surveys
Gary D. Malaney's article, You
Still Need High Response Rates with Web-Based
Surveys, provides us some insights about sampling
concerns when conducting online assessment.
In, I Violated Your
What? The Basics of Copyright for the Student Affairs
Professional, attorney Jennifer D. Sawyer discusses
many of the pitfalls for practitioners, as related to copyright
Being "Plugged In" Changing Campus Life? A Conversation...
and a good question. Using a point/counterpoint format Liz
Williams, Ethan Kolek and Meg Kluge provide differing
views of the transformative power of technology on campus
Brian Cremins provides us another piece on his travels in
the digital world in My Atari Weighs
a Ton: Another True Tale of the Digital Age.
Supercade: A visual History of
the Videogame Age 1971-1984 written by Van
Burnham is reviewed by Stuart Brown
OSX for the Macintosh by
Daniel W. Salter
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