Domain of One’s Own FLC: Overview

“Giving students [and faculty] their own digital domain is a radical act. It gives them the ability to work on the Web and with the Web.” –Audrey Watters, The Web We Need to Give Our Students


Domain of One’s Own Faculty Learning Community is a new initiative at Muhlenberg College, starting in Fall 2016.  We are excited to launch this FLC because it provides a dynamic toolkit and new possibilities for Muhlenberg faculty to design and build their digital presence with greater flexibility and independence, and to exercise greater control over what and how they share their work publicly online.

To pilot this project, this FLC brings together faculty who will receive a domain and web hosting, support and training, to initiate a web-based scholarly or pedagogical project in conversation with colleagues from multiple fields of study across campus.  While building our own individual domains, the cohort will consider how digital technologies are implicated in how we teach, learn, and create.  We welcome to this work faculty interested in:

  • Cultivating a digital space to publish, curate, and share your scholarship online, connect with other scholars, build digital scholarly presence and network.  This might include (among other things) blogging about your work in its early or emergent stages, posting published articles and conference presentations, or curating an online exhibit.
  • Creating possibilities for students to engage in a variety of digital practices including blogging, reflecting on their learning in an eportfolio, multimodal composition, image or video production, creating maps, curating content related to research within your course.
  • Experimenting with web-based technologies or web-suitable programming languages.  Examples of projects may include text-mining, machine-based text analysis, data visualization, or 3D modeling.

Cohort Leaders

Tim Clarke (x3560) and Lora Taub-Pervizpour (x3880)


Participants will receive a copy of Audrey Watters text, Claim Your Domain.  Additionally, for each session, we will encounter a variety of texts, videos, Web sites, and other resources openly available on the Web.  You can access all of this material from links on the navigation bar at the top of this page. 


Participants will create a web-based scholarly project in any phase of development OR a pedagogical project or assignment that engages students in developing their own domains within a course in Spring 2017 or Fall 2017.  The FLC will gather throughout the year for the following:

  • FLC launch events with Jim Groom, Reclaim Hosting co-founder and Domain of One’s Own creator, and Lauren Brumfeld, operations manager at Reclaim, including dinner and lecture on Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., and a Domains workshop with Jim on Friday, October 14 at 9 a.m. – noon.
  • Fall semester meetings on December 1 and December 8, 4-5:45 p.m. and five meetings in Spring 2017 (TBD), integrating discussion with hands-on sessions supporting participants’ developing their domain.
  • An event in late Spring 2017 to share examples from Domains projects with the campus community.

FLC Goals

  • Explore approaches to integrating Domain of One’s Own into teaching practices in order to shape critical and meaningful digital experiences for students at Muhlenberg.
  • Support faculty in using Domain of One’s Own to cultivate a digital presence appropriate to their academic field(s), interests, and objectives.
  • Increase understanding, awareness, and integration of critical digital pedagogies.
  • Cultivate projects that will foster students’ awareness and critical digital literacies necessary for exercising a greater degree of ownership, creativity, and control over their learning, data, presence and identity online.
  • Contribute meaningfully to a culture of digital learning that values empowers faculty and student agency, authorship, and voice.

Workshop Topics

  • Session One: Claim Your Domain
  • Session Two: Digital Identity
  • Session Three: Digital Identity Build
  • Session Four: Teaching on the Open Web
  • Session Five: Teaching on the Open Web Build
  • Session Six: Digital Scholarship
  • Session Seven:  Digital Scholarship Build
  • Session Eight:  Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

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