A “Domain of One’s Own”

Empowering individuals to shape their own online presence

Content & learning objectives

Beginning at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) , the idea behind ‘a domain of one’s own’ is essentially based on the idea of encouraging people to own their own web ‘domain’ (ie a web address based on their name, or some other chosen self-identity/label) and learn how to manage a basic website, improving their skills and confidence in the process, as well as understanding a lot more about how the web works, rather than being simply a passive consumer of web technologies and services provided by corporations and other organisations.

The idea has grown and a spin-out company (Reclaim Hosting) how offers this as a service at a low cost to individuals, groups and institutions, but of course a domain can be purchased or hosted anywhere, it’s not exclusive to this company, although they provide a smooth introduction to the technology and the set-up process. Many other universities now use this as  an alternative/supplement to traditional digital literacies approaches.  

Click on the graphic to hear Jim Groom’s presentation at a TEDx event.

Resources for learners, trainers, and developers

Are there badges available for this topic?

Not yet, but one will be forthcoming at a later date.

How can we run a workshop or classroom session on this topic?

There is a lot of scope for training on this topic focussing on setting up individual domains and using tools such as cpanel, WordPress, etc.

Are there resources and materials available?

Yes. Some links are given here, but there is also a substantial amount of materials online about setting up basic websites.

Can I download a copy of this interactive lesson?

No. This is just a link to an external video at this stage.

Further information & useful links:

UMW home of Domain of One’s Own: http://umw.domains/

Short article in Wired (2012) : https://www.wired.com/insights/2012/07/a-domain-of-ones-own/

Audrey Watters blog article:  http://hackeducation.com/2017/04/04/domains

Discussion on ‘ownership’ and domains (Audrey Watters, 2016):  http://hackeducation.com/2016/08/23/domains

Jim Groom: http://jimgroom.net/about/

A Brief History of Domain of One’s Own (Jesse Stommel & Jess Reingold): Part 1   and   Part 2 

“Making and Breaking Domain of One’s Own: Rethinking the Web in Higher Ed”, Martha Burtis:  http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/hybridped/making-breaking-rethinking-web-higher-ed/

“Becoming Literate Digitally in a Digitally Literate Environment of Their Own”, W.I. O’Byrne & K.E. Pytash: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jaal.595/epdf

Image above from Giulia Forsythe, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0