Domain provides students with the opportunity to publish their networked selves for communities of interest. Through design choices, and/or password protection, the Domain author may publish work to engage with a range of communities. As the Anatomy of a Domain page shows, a typical student Domain page may draw together elements as disparate as a photo gallery, a travel log, a collation of social media posts, professional materials (CV, job letter, portfolio, etc.), multimedia projects, and an archive of primary source materials. Domain allows the user the freedom to contribute to the class wiki required in her English 181 course; organize with an activist community to address accessibility issues on her campus; and curate her professional portfolio with an eye toward the job market. Domain users share their cultural texts with communities of interest and create the narrative context in which their audiences read those texts.
The following in-class activity will help faculty to guide students through the initial stages of composing their sites as a means of publishing to a communities of interest. Please note the activity is easy to adapt to fit specific classroom needs.
This exercise is designed to help students invent topics for a single hypertext essay or topics that will guide their websites and research for the entire semester. Students should emerge from the exercise with a topic that is both personally relevant and connected to larger social, political, cultural, etc. issues.