Natalie Munn

I'd like to say hello and invite you to share some of the ideas I've explored during this course.

I examine some differences between print and electronic books in my review of Last Chance to See --a travelogue by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, that takes the reader to see rare and endangered animals in the wild.

Taking a multi-media work as the object of critical theory presents an array of challenges. I present some of these challenges, and propose a new way of writing through the creation of Quixotexts, in Mystical Journey. I describe Rand and Robyn Miller's CD-ROM adventure game, Myst, and how I came to play it and write about it.

As multimedia products and network service options proliferate, people are redefining the way they work and communicate. Online newspapers may change the way people look at the world, and the way they look to each other. In Print and Online Newspapers: Transitions in Media, I examine the rise of online newspapers.

In Distance Learning, a paper I presented at the 1994 ASIS Mid-Year Conference, I discuss the positive and negative experiences of remote students and instructor in a distance learning class. In Spring '94, Professor Jeff Dozier at UC Santa Barbara opened his graduate course, "Information Systems for the Study of Global Change," to students at remote sites. I enrolled as a remote student from UC Berkeley. Professor Dozier used picture-tel, a teleconferencing system, to bring his weekly class to outside students. He also used internet tools like email and ftp to communicate with students and distribute course materials.

I kept a log of problems associated with distance learning technologies during the course. I also distributed questionnaires to the professor and fellow students regarding the positive and negative aspects of distance learning. Using my log and questionnaire responses, I describe graduate students' reactions to distance learning. I argue that teleconferencing technologies are not sufficiently developed to provide graduate students with the equivalent experience of a on-site seminar at a quality university. However,I do find that the opportunity for students to learn from appropriate educators and contemporaries across campuses justifies the integration of distance learning into the graduate curriculum as a complement to more traditional course work.

In Generation X + Technology = Y ,I explore the generational dynamics of today's twentysomethings and their relationship to technology.

If you'd like to discuss these topics further, please send me email. I'd like to hear from you.

Natalie K. Munn
nkmunn@info.berkeley.edu


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