Georgetown Domains provides free personal web space attached to 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. Faculty and staff at Georgetown can use Domains to create course websites, research hubs or portfolios, resources pages, or any other web-based project.
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, reaching a broader audience, and a way of promoting the good work. Professors J. R. Osborn and Evan Barba, as a part of the Communications, Culture and Technology program, designed the course CCTP 506: Fundamentals of Technology, to engage students publicly within the wider discourse of how technology “works” within society, with one of the goals being to “open the black box of any technology.” Thus the course website becomes a dynamic resource for students and beyond to understand these important topics, as well as showcasing the students’ work.
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.