Intro To Domain of One’s Own
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Intro To Domain of One’s Own

When I hear digital identity I think of my
presence on the internet and the effect that I have. When I think of digital identity, I think of the
different kind of sides of myself I present online. Like, through different social media or different like websites that I use. I think of sort of your footprint. My presence online and how
people can search me and find me. Image of yourself you project onto the web. Your avatar, I guess. Um, and of course that’s not you. The difference between who they are
in person and who they are online. You have a digital identity
whether you like it or not. Uh, it’s really a matter of are you
and do you have agency? Are you constructing that identity? Are you letting it build sort of organically without much intentionality? And I would say that my own digital identity is probably a mixture of the two which is probably true for most people. I feel like nowadays everyone has some form of digital identity. If you don’t have one You can start from anywhere. Um, you can start from Facebook, you can start from Twitter, you can start from Instagram, you can start from Pinterest, you can start from whatever app you like… Tumblr, it doesn’t matter. A lot of technology today is less about the web and more about um internet and mobile apps in particular. Domain of One’s Own is a big mystery. No, not to me. So Domain of One’s Own is a really cool program where all students at Mary Washington get for four years they’re here to keep their own website url. To own that space for free while they’re here as students and they can do whatever they want with it. Academic projects, personal websites, putting up their cool photography, anything. It’s a platform for students to create their own domain. A system that lets students create a
domain name and investigate their digital identity. Students are able to get a domain name for free because the university pays for it. And then you are able to install WordPress on this and you’re able to make pretty much a website for yourself. Having a space that is yours, that you control, that you say what goes, that looks like you want it to look like, that says what you want it to say. Um, that works the way you want it to work. Um, that you, yeah you get to be the king of your own castle or queen of your own castle. I think it’s a way of Mary Washington being distinctive, but most importantly, uh I think it will enrich one’s learning experience here because it’s something that uh faculty and students alike can use. To sort of, not only, build their own identity but also to sort of enhance their learning experience. To me, it’s a place and an opportunity for
that digital identity to start being created. So my domain is mostly a bunch of different things. Public platform as a portfolio, a personal blog or just a place to host your classwork and a place where it’s more visible and more people can see it. I would like it to really be a
space where students can interact. I would like to have a shared blog. I’m doing that in a semester in advanced writing class. So students are blogging on their own domain and the idea, they’re blogging in Spanish, and the idea is for them to really develop a voice in Spanish around a particular topic of their interest. To start a blog, a professional page,
a portfolio for say your art. I would definitely describe it as an opportunity to get yourself out there. Um, even teachers. Like “Hey, I have this website. Go check it out.” Um, I think it’s really cool thing to use and to kinda get used to the Internet because I mean everybody can go to websites, but not everybody gets the chance to actually um create one. It is not owned by the university, it’s sponsored by the University while you’re here. But, you can then migrate it to your own um your own different host and still keep your domain. And keep that for life if you want. If I leave Mary Washington, my students leave Mary Washington when they graduate, they transfer, they take that data with them. Um, when the class is over, it’s not on my website. My students have their own websites and they can leave it up, they can take it down, they can move it, they can change it. It’s up to them what they want to do with that data.

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