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#Domains 19 Day 2 Breakout Session 3: Embedded in the Fabric

Georgetown Domains and the Master’s of Learning, Design, and Technology

Speakers: Lee Skallerup Bessette, Randal Ellsworth

Abstract: The mission of the new Master’s of Learning, Design, and Technology program at Georgetown University is “to give our students a deep foundation in the tools and theory of learning design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and higher education leadership, a foundation on which they can create engaging and innovative learning experiences for all students.” Working in and with Georgetown Domains is a key part of this engagement; the students learn about and create their domains during the opening week-long foundations course, and build on it throughout the duration of the degree, ending with a final portfolio on their domain of their work. In between, the students have the option of taking a one-credit course in Domains, as well as showcasing their coursework and projects on the site. For some, their personal Domains specifically and Georgetown Domains more generally have become the subject of their research and study. What this allows is for students to engage directly with the technology, as well as questions of accessibility, privacy, surveillance, and tools. They learn about and apply these lessons as they move through the program, perform and reflect on their research, and build their sites. But most importantly, this allows for students to own their own intellectual property, as well as provide the tools to apply what they have learned in a practical and holistic way. The e-portfolio requirement at the end of the degree highlights this commitment to students’ intellectual property as well as professionalization, while also providing an experimental and reflective space for students to connect their work. This short presentation will discuss curricular examples (Intro week, Domains course, Studio and Studio Capstone) of how Domains has been integrated into the program, sharing some student sites, projects, and portfolios.

My Notes

Georgetown is integrating domain creation into the curriculum for their Master’s for Learning, Design, and Technology. The metacognition of designing a domain and also thinking about how you would help others design their domain is “a Trojan Horse for thinking about ed-tech.” As Lee said, “Why domains and not an LMS?” This message reflects one of the core goals of the broader domains community in using this technology to get students thinking about digital identity, digital ethics, digital making –> digital literacy.

The program has a 1-hour intro to Domains course, taught by Lee, but this is really just a jumpstart for a broader curricular integration. And while domains are encouraged, some students have chosen to use SquareSpace or even paper. The open-ended design of the capstone project is platform agnostic, centered around a way of thinking rather than particular technologies.

Randal shared the story of several students in the program. For many of the students, building the domain helped them develop their thinking not only on ed-tech but on learning more broadly.

Lee mentioned in the Q&A that UMW has domains integrated in their Communications and History programs.

I’m really looking forward to exploring these projects and then talking with our Graduate college about thinking about domains and portfolios at a more systemic level than as compared to the one-off workshops or short learning communities that we have offered to this point.

#Domains 19 Day 2 Breakout Session 2: Weaponizing Your Website

Speakers: Jennifer Hill

Abstract: There is a war a raging in our cyberworld and it is time for you to join the resistance. Cambridge Analytica stealing Facebook user’s data, white supremacists getting verified on Twitter, and child pornography on Instagram. The list of atrocities continues. We as technologists know the inner workings of social media platforms more than anybody. We see the hypocrisy and the evil of social media platforms in a way that most people do not. It is time for us to awaken from our passivity and take a stance against our corporate social media overlords. Weaponizing Your Website will give you ideas, or ammunition, to fight against our broken social media world. This bootcamp will include learning how to utilize the strongest weapons in your stockpile; your voice and your website. With me, Jenn Hill, a University of Mary Washington student, at the helm I will prepare you for taking up arms and battling the corporate social media tyrants.

My Notes

tl;dr: Social media is killing the personal website.

Hill argues that we need to become less reliant on social media by using our own websites to host our voice. This ties into the POSE (publish once, syndicate everywhere) idea that Jim and the Domains community has been pushing.

Avowedly ironic twitter embed:

In Q&A: what kind of reception do you get for this message? Hill said that freshman in digital identity workshops take FaceBook and other social media at face value. It takes work to help students see the ways in which their data is being sucked up.

I didn’t get a chance to ask, but I’d like to hear more about the differential impact of having a student like Jennifer advocate for students to make their own web spaces as opposed to having staff or faculty make the same types of arguments. I really like the model UMW is using with their students, and I would love to see some discussion / analysis of their peer-to-peer work.

#Domains 19 Breakout Session 2: Domain Fellows

Speakers: Jess Reingold, Jenn Hill, Katie Hartraft

Abstract: The noise of typing filled the small classroom. Domain Fellows, student ambassadors for the Domain of One’s Own program, sat quietly working on their independent projects. It is these students who show their classmates that their domains can be more than academic websites. Their websites can be spaces for expression of their art, music, and other intrinsically motivated areas of interest. The silence is broken by discussion of the upcoming Domain Days. The students excitedly pondered about how to paint the school’s Spirit Rock, how to set up the booth, and most importantly who should be the Domainosaur. Yes, the Domainosaur, the official mascot of the Domain Fellows and Domain of One’s Own at the University of Mary Washington.

My Notes

Several current and former Domain Fellows talked about their own experiences and the broader point of the Domain Fellows project at the University of Mary Washington.

We learned about the Domain Fellows work on:

  • their own projects
  • Domain Days
  • Social media
  • Traditional media
  • Starting similar programs

I think we at OU have analogues for this program with the Global Engagement Fellows, the History Fellows, and a couple of the other undergrad groups who are super active on Create. However, I would love to expand our support for a project like what UMW has.

Presentations by students are too rare in our field, so I was happy to see these students demoing their work. I also love these programs that support student work in the Domains space, and hope I get to talk to these students.

In the Q&A, Lora Taub asked about connecting the UMW Domain Fellows with similar projects and students at other campuses. The students seemed excited about using Zoom to build a broader community. I’d be really interested in following up with Lora about their student fellowships at Muhlenberg College, and following up on this idea for a broader, inter-college community.

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