Quick Guide to A Domain of One’s Own

One of our summer projects is creating documentation to help people get started with Domain of One’s Own. But what is it Domain of One’s Own?

Basically, it’s a platform to help you build different types of websites on your own domain (i.e., supercoolstudent.digital.brynmawr.edu). Domains lets you:

  • Access advanced functions of web tools more easily (usually you’d have to set up and pay for your own server)
  • Sign in with your BMC login
  • Take your Domain with you after you graduate (unlike blogs at Bryn Mawr or Moodle)

Domain of One’s Own programs are running at a few colleges, but it’s still pretty new. The idea is that students keep and control their own data and build their own identity online. For more on the philosophy of Domains, see Audrey Watters, “The Web We Need to Give Students,” 7/15/15.

Website Options

1) WordPress. According to their website, 26% of the web runs on WordPress. It’s especially popular for blogging.

Examples: LILAC Summer Internships, Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts, This is Finland

2) Omeka. Used by museums and archives to create online exhibits, with detailed metadata.

Examples: Smithsonian Peacock Room Exhibit, Florida State Library & Archives, Beth’s bad CollegeWomen.org site

3) Scalar. Upload objects, annotate videos and images, weave path through site with digital storytelling, use interactive graphics, and more.

Examples: Experimental early version of Digital Competencies site, Redshift & Portalmetal (climate change game)

4) MediaWiki. Make your own Wikipedia-type sites.

Examples: Wikipedia, TV Tropes, Bulbapedia

 

You’ll set up your account at https://digital.brynmawr.edu/ (It may be helpful to wait to set it up until we’re in the training on Friday, but in the meantime, think about what domain name you might want–it’s often, but not necessarily, your name…)

 

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