A New Perspective

Social Media, Digital Identity, and Student Learning Outcomes

Topics: Social Media, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Retention and Success, Career Services, Academic Support Programs, Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Health and Wellness, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

Fostering Experiential Learning Online

A Domain of One’s Own Supports Student Experimentation Online

A Domain of One’s Own provides active learning opportunities for students and faculty members who participate in the program. The program helps students use digital tools to learn communication skills and build a positive online identity.

Students can employ the domain name to launch their own website, add applications (e.g., commenting features, blogs, social media accounts, etc.), and create email accounts. If a student does not wish to build their own site, they can redirect the domain name to another service like Facebook or LinkedIn. Initial student users added study abroad blogs, collected class projects, and created online portfolios of their work.

To support users, staff in the Division of Teaching and Learning Technology created tutorials on how to customize websites. They also conduct classroom visits to share tested practices in using the program. Staff meet with faculty members regularly to ensure that the program’s technical backend runs smoothly and to discuss ideas for incorporating A Domain of One’s Own into students’ academic work.

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Giving Students a Piece of the Web

A Lesson in Digital Identity on Campus and After Graduation