Georgetown Domains provides free personal web space attached to a subdomain (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 CNDLS Course Sites (see Course Sites) are available for course blogs, Domains can include a blog as well as other kinds of web pages, including forums, galleries, and Omeka exhibits. Domains are not limited to use in courses only—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. For example, graduate students in the Educational Transformation program use Georgetown Domains for their teaching portfolios, while the students in the Learning, Design, and Technology program use Georgetown Domains for their capstone portfolio. 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 good work.
Faculty can also use Domains to share research, service activities, teaching techniques, and other interests.
Not only are faculty using Domains as part of their course design, but the University also integrates the tool into its web ecosystem. 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, Georgetown Slavery Archive makes Georgetown’s history of slaveholding accessible to the public and provides a means for descendants to share their stories more widely.
Professors J. R. Osborn and Evan Barba host a course website as a dynamic resource for students and beyond to understand these important topics, as well as a showcase for student work.
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.
To set up your own Domain, visit the Georgetown Domains site and select “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 ePortfolio. 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.