Georgetown Domains provides free personal web space, a sub-domain (example.georgetown.domains) to all of the GU community. Students, faculty, and staff can choose a semi-custom address for their domain and use the space for blogs, exhibits, research, creative work, portfolios, web development, programming, and more.
While Georgetown Commons Blogs exists for course blogs, Domains can include a blog but can also incorporate other kinds of webpages, including forums, galleries, and Omeka exhibits. Domains are not limited to courses. Students building a personal domain have the flexibility to incorporate curricular, co-curricular, and/or extracurricular elements. With the ability to customize themes, plugins, and appearances, students can create one-of-a-kind websites to connect with other students or the public while building their digital literacy.
Students can use Domains to document and reflect on their learning experiences and, if they so choose, share publicly. Community and College is a course offered by the sociology department for first year undergraduate Georgetown students to establish a culture of excellence within the frame of total health through the lessons of Jesuit values. With the mission of teaching life management as a way to reduce stress, this opportunity introduces students to scientific studies on self-care, health, psychology, resiliency, and much more. Additionally, students keep track of their progress throughout the semester through a personal domain, highlighting information related to their flourishing, which includes an evolving biography, meditations, projects, self-reflection space, and much more.
Domains can be used to promote community projects, both as a way of reaching interested students and a way of promoting the good work. For example, the Urban Studio is an educational opportunity open to undergraduate students to work on year long real-life projects in the Washington D.C. area. This course engages students hands-on interdisciplinary experience in community involvement, urban studies, project development and management. Through self-directed learning, students coordinate, create, and iterate creative solutions to complex issues impacting their community.
Faculty can use Domains to share research, service activities, teaching techniques, and other interests. For instance, The Georgetown Slavery Archive was initiated by Adam Rothman, Marcia Chatelain, and Matthew Quallen (SFS '16) as the Archives Subgroup of the GU Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation. It is a collection of materials relating to the history of slavery at Georgetown University. The Slavery Archive both makes the history accessible to the public and provides a means for descendents to share their stories more widely.
To set up your own Domain, visit the Georgetown Domains site and click on “New User.” Remember, individuals are allowed one domain name, so think of a url that is useful to you for a long-term project or e-portfolio. Typically, we recommend using your name or your research/professional interests (eg: digitalwatermarking.georgetown.domains).
There is no cost involved for Georgetown students, faculty and staff to create a subdomain. However, if you prefer to have a custom domain (e.g: yourname.com, yourname.org, etc) then you would have to pay a domain name registration company for the Domain name. This typically ranges between $15-$25. For a consultation on using Domains in your class, please contact CNDLS.