Domain of One's Own
By Katie Martell
Would students in your course benefit from having their own website to collaborate, blog, or host content? A Domain of One’s Own provides a simplified process for registering a domain and installing applications, so you and your students can focus less on the technology and more on learning outcomes for the course.
What is Domain of One’s Own (DoOO)? Domain of One’s Own is a platform for giving students, faculty, and staff their own domains and hosted web space where they can install a variety of applications. DoOO promotes digital literacy, reflective engagement, and connected learning experiences.
Why would you need Domain of One’s Own? First developed at Mary Washington University, DoOO has grown as a movement that supports digital identity creation and data ownership, and allows for the publishing, curating, and sharing of work online.
How are faculty using Domain of One’s Own? DoOO can be utilized for course blogging, building student websites, creating galleries or portfolios of work. Students can build individual websites, or collaborate on faculty created websites as authors.
Once registered (the process varies by institution), students choose a domain name and are logged into cPanel, which is a web based hosting control panel.
Students can choose to install various applications on their domain, although both PSU and KSC recommend WordPress for beginners.
Students can add subdomains and install different applications at each domain- this provides flexibility for students with more experience in website creation.
Faculty can also create sites, and optionally add students as authors. There are also ways to syndicate multiple student blogs on a single site. Please speak to an instructional designer or instructional technologist at your institution for more information.
Considerations to ask about: Hosting a domain and its content should include being informed about what kinds of content or “voice” is the best way to present oneself to the public. Messages posted online can easily be misinterpreted, given the slim semantics of online media.
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