Starting in fall 2013, the project allows UMW students, faculty, and staff to register their own domain name and associate it with a space on a UMW-managed Web server. In that Web space, users will have the opportunity and flexibility to design and create spaces of almost unlimited possibilities. Within the system, they may install LAMP-compatible Web applications, set up subdomains and email addresses, and install databases. In addition, users may choose to “map” their domain (or a subdomain) to other services, such as a UMW Blogs, Google Sites, or Tumblr.
While currently only freshman (starting Fall 2013) are automatically added into the Domain of One’s Own system (allowing them to automatically sign-up), we are adding other students, faculty, and staff as they submit requests to be a part of the project. Given current numbers (as of December 2013), we anticipate being able to provide domains and space for all interested users at the University.
We are working with a number of courses, departments, and programs during the 2013-2014 academic year to explore how this environment can be used to successfully support curricular and academic programming. Students may also sign-up for and use the system outside of their courses.
Finally, the project also includes a Faculty Initiative, which is co-directed by the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and UMW’s Center for Teaching Excellence & Innovation. This program brings together a group of faculty to regularly meet and discuss the implications and possibilities of spaces like Domain of One’s Own in our academic communities.