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Domain of One’s Own is an opportunity for students to build, grow, and sustain a record of their work throughout their time at UMW, and learn about digital identity while improving their digital literacy skills. It gives students ownership over the work that they do, as well as control over how and when that work is shared. The challenge is to incorporate the students’ domain into their coursework throughout the students’ time at UMW. Done effectively, it is a powerful tool for student agency and learning.
To begin developing a digital identity by creating portfolios or personal blogs, or other personal projects, students should use their domain. Students who are working alone on a digital project, or for something specific to a course should create and use a subdomain unless they want to use their main domain. A popular option is to have students create a blog for class on their site, or one of their sites. To get some ideas about what student blog posts could be for a course, check out our post, “Most Common Blog Post Types for Students.”
Group Projects & Class Wide
Using your own domain, as a faculty, allows for larger class projects to take shape and exist within the same digital space. It also enables the students to engage in public scholarship collaboratively and in association with you, which can help with visibility and legitimacy for their work. There are a few options to where you can create this digital space, including subdomains, addon domains, and departmental domains. All of these domain spaces allow you to start with a clean slate, the only difference is what the URL looks like. Students who are working together on a digital project should build their projects on either your subdomain, addon domain, or a departmental domain. In addition, if you do decide a group blog on one of your sites is the way you want to go, check out our post entitled “Most Common Blog Types for Students.”
What is a subdomain? A subdomain goes in front of your domain.
What is an addon domain? A separate domain that is tied to your DoOO account.
What is a departmental domain? A department can get a domain when either you or a colleague ask for an addon domain. The person responsible for the departmental domain will be able to create subdomains for their colleagues.
Canvas is our Learning Management System (LMS) and has a robust discussion forum feature which is ideal for closed conversations within the learning space of your class. These conversations are not visible on the open web, and are easily searchable and sortable. You may also allow anonymous posts within the discussion, which may be appropriate depending on your pedagogical goals.