Open Dialogue – Domain of One’s Own

We recently sent out the following call to all Teaching and Administrative faculty to get the Domain of One’s Own pilot in the hands of as many faculty ans staff as possible. What’s more, we are partnering with Mary Kayler of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation to incentivize the work in order to build a space to showcase research and pedagogy, while exploring the possibilities of their own digital domain for teaching, research, and design.

The more I think about it, the more I would like to frame the experience for all interested faculty and staff as a kind of ds106, aggregated experience that embeds them within an experience of interrogating digital identity, exploring their discipline through social media, creating through various media (images, video, audio), ripping various media (images, video, audio), basic coding, and a more specific look at the space they’re taking control over makes the most sense in my mind.  What’s more, they would all the while be narrating their work and sharing it out through their own space. The possibility of getting more of the faculty sharing their work, getting incentivized to do as much, and hopefully realizing the rich professional possibilities as a result makes me very happy.  We’ve only just begun!

Anyway, below is the announcement for the Open Dialogue around the Domain of One’s Own we’ll be having this Thursday, November 15th, and again two weeks from Thursday on November 29th..

Attend Open Dialogue – Domain of One’s Own to learn about a groundbreaking UMW digital initiative sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTE & I) and the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT). President Hurley recently provided support so that a number of new domains and hosting can be established along with funding to provide technical support for this new initiative. There are now over 200 UMW students who have established their own domain names and bound their personal learning spaces to them. What’s more, there are ten professors who have piloted the initiative this semester by integrating it into their curriculum to varying degrees. Martha Burtis and Alan Levine have their students creating multimedia notebooks/portfolios of their work that they can then archive. Zach Whalen has his students creating their own web spaces that helps them take control and re-conceptualize digital identity. Rosemary Jesionowski is experimenting with art portfolios with her students, and several faculty in History are exploring the implications of their students managing and sharing their research as majors. Tying Domain of One’s Own into spaces that students own and take with them further reinforces teaching and learning doesn’t end at the university’s border. And when these students graduate their sites do not evaporate like discarded blue books. They live on as part of the students’ own personal clouds.

Open Dialogue panel members Jim Groom, Tim Owens, Mary Kayler, Zach Whalen, and Haley Campbell will give you an overview of the initiative designed to provide resources and support for faculty to develop a domain of one’s own. Building and designing your own professional and/or class spaces allows you to experiment, document, and innovate in the space of digital pedagogy and scholarship.

To incentivize this process, we are also having an Open Call for faculty to partner with DTLT and CTE & I in the development of a professional online presence. You will get your own domain, web hosting, and a stipend (not to mention support) to develop a professional online identity, ranging anywhere from an online CV/ E-Portfolio, to a developmental space to an alternative class space online. We are accepting all levels of technology proficiency. What’s more, we also encourage those who already have sites to apply in order to continue to develop out their online presence. Please go here to apply for this initiative by no later than December 2nd, 2012 (11:55pm).

Additionally, becoming part of this initiative will enable you to be considered for CTE & I’s new Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Fellowship to be awarded Spring, 2012. The details surrounding the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Fellowship will be formally announced on November 16th on the Center’s website (, but be sure to come on the 15th to get a sense of the initiative and how you might be able to participate.

This is an Open Call; everyone is welcome and invited to engage in this new initiative. Faculty who have limited technology expertise or faculty who have a well established website are encouraged to participate in this initiative. This is an opportunity to provide you with support (collegial, monetary, and resources) to engage in this important work.

Domain of One’s Own Co-sponsored Initiative includes:
a. Successful completion of application (located on CTE & I and DTLE websites).
Due: December 2, 2012 by 11:55pm.
b. Agreement and participation in bi-monthly workshops that are designed to
support your domain development and creation
c. Construct a digital e-portfolio (aligned with Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship
Fellowship criteria)
d. Upon successful completion faculty will receive a stipend.

Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship Fellowship. CTE & I will award 2-5 Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Fellowship this spring semester. Award winners will receive $1,000.00 for the first year and $1,000.00 for professional development the following academic year. You can self-nominate or be peer nominated. You do not need to participate in the Domain of One’s Own initiative to be considered. However, you will need to have an e-portfolio that clearly meets the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Fellowship criteria.

Kind regards,
CTE & I and DTLT

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