Assembling Resources on Domain of One’s Own

We’re a new team at DTLT, and we all came to UMW knowing different pieces about DoOO, understanding it in our own way by learning about it from the outside. This past year has been all about getting a better understanding of the project both at UMW and also the national and international iterations the work here has inspired.


An Infographic of One's Own

Domain of One’s Own is a project that is deep, broad, and growing. As Jess and Jesse wrote, “we find ourselves looking back even as we look forward.” As we at DTLT collaborate with our faculty and students to keep imagining the future of Domain of One’s Own at Mary Washington, we are both humbled and exhilarated by the efforts that so many have ― and continue to ― put into this initiative, here and elsewhere. We hope this infographic becomes obsolete quickly, as new names and new projects emerge.


A Brief History of Domain of One's Own, Part 1

Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) is not just a platform. It’s a philosophy. A history, then, can not just account for the development of the technologies but must also account for the thinking that brought the project to life.


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Clone This Website! ― Introducing Peasy

Want to build a website but find a blank canvas intimidating? Found a great “open” resource that’s legal, but really difficult, to copy? Have a new Domain of Your Own but don’t know how to get started?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a new web app called Peasy (as in “easy peasy”). Peasy is relatively easy-to-install and easy-to-use platform for building simple websites. There is no “back-end” to fuss with, no database to administer, just a simple web site that you can edit live while you’re logged in.

But the aspect of Peasy that I’m most excited about is that it makes it really easy to clone existing web sites.


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What Do I Bring Back?

One of the goals of DTLT is to empower faculty to explore digital pedagogy, which typically involves encouraging faculty to explore digital tools and platforms. We choose to recommend WordPress (both on a multisite and as an individual install) as a place to start because it lets you creative and tailor your projects and sites so that they can be unique.


Vision and Change at UMW

While this movement does not mean completely eliminating in class lectures, it does mean to incorporate an ever increasing amount of active learning techniques into our classroom time. The goal is to better engage our students through individual and group activities that include worksheets, tangible manipulative exercises, and oral questioning and spontaneous polls that better convey the material in the classroom. These methods are far more effective at relaying complex ideas and materials than the traditional lecture, and also result in a much better retention of the knowledge.


Coding, Serendipity, and Domain of One’s Own

As digital spaces increasingly become the platforms upon which we live our lives, we must teach students to understand that those platforms are coded spaces, built by humans with business goals, political opinions, and complex identities.


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Hypothes.is Aggregator ― A WordPress Plugin

I’ve created a WordPress plugin called Hypothes.is Aggregator, which will allow WordPress users ― bloggers, teachers, and students alike ― to collect their own annotations, annotations on a topic of interest, or annotations from/about a class, and present them in a page or post on the WordPress platform. It’s easy to install, easy to use, and (I hope) will be of value to students, scholars, teachers, and writers.