I was lucky to find out about and have the time to attend the Domain of One’s Own Meetup (September 2020)
meeting that was organized by Chris Aldrich
. The two meetings I have attended so far have put me in touch with a very friendly group of folks who are deeply knowledgable about the technologies used to support domain of one’s own (DoOO) projects.
I, on the other hand, am not deeply knowledgable about the technologies that support DoOO projects that are scaled for an entire campus. My interest in DoOO projects stems from my work as an adjunct instructor in undergraduate/graduate educational technology courses at my university. And my experience has mostly been using Google Sites to support undergraduate students who are pre-service teachers as they develop their first “professional” website. It has been a fun class to share with students over the last few years. But I’d like to take a step forward. My undergraduate students are all arriving to my class with much stronger expectations that an online presence will be crucial for their interactions with their future students' parents and their own colleagues. Their impressions of pandemic-era remote teaching and learning also seem to inform their views.
When I have considered DoOO and its relevance to our course, I have been preoccupied with the technologies. Most often, I have started by considering how we could use WordPress instead of Google Sites and then stopped when I realized that the learning curve might be a bit steep. However, perhaps it makes more sense to focus on encouraging students to “own” their own domain first. Indieweb.org has a helpful list of domain name registrars including Hover and Google Domains. I have used Hover been very happy with their service even though I use Reclaim Hosting’s shared hosting with domain registration now.
But the DoOO Meetup was worthwhile and I look forward to attending again as I am able.