Domains at UPenn
Domains is a space to thoughtfully design your digital presence and build your digital literacy skills. Think of this as a place where you can explore the myriad of ways you can present your professional, academic, self to the world. You can use it to create a personal website, an scholarly project, or a page for your club or extracurricular interests. You can even connect it to your social media and other spaces you’ve contributed to on the web, making Domains a portfolio to present to future employers or collaborators.
Domains offer the opportunity experiment with tools that are in demand across every industry. We can help you make online publications, digital exhibits, and dynamic blogs. If you can imagine a digital project, we can help you make it a reality!
What can I do with domains?
Though many students use their Domains site for academic or professional purposes, it’s not required. Domains can be created for almost any purpose as long as users abide by the Terms of Service guidelines.
- Online Resume – Create a digital business card to highlight your work experience and internships.
- Web Portfolio – Set up digital galleries to showcase the best examples of your creative work.
- Personal Blog – Use your site as a personal platform to share your thoughts and opinions with the world.
- General Interest Website – Have a quirky interest? Find your tribe by creating a site dedicated to the things that you love.
- Research Project – Use Omeka or Scalar to build a digital archive, interactive map, or timeline.
- Scholarly Publication – Use Pressbooks to create a multimodal, academic text.
Instructors are also invited to use Domains in the classroom for innovative class projects and to teach students important digital literacy skills.
What tools can I use?
Domains at UPenn provides users with access to some popular web applications and tools to build their website. Some of these tools are easy for anyone to start using right away — no knowledge of how to write code is required! Others have a bit of a learning curve but library staff are available to provide basic assistance and support. Here are just a few of the tools available:
An easy to use but highly customizable CMS ideal for blogging and personal websites.
A web publishing platform for building digital exhibits and online collections.
A web publishing platform designed for authoring digital books and telling interactive stories.
A platform to create multimodal, collaborative e-books.
Where Can I get help?
Starting in Fall 2021, Penn Libraries staff will offer office hours to provide guidance and feedback to students and faculty who are building their Domains sites. Users will also have access to support documentation and a user guide with tutorials, tips, and other helpful resources. In-person workshops are also planned for the future.
Users in need of assistance related to technical issues with their Domains account can email the Domains support team for help.
How Do I get started?
If you’re ready to sign up for your own Domain, click the “Request Your Domain” button to fill out the request form. The Domains team will get back to you with more information.
Please note that students will be required to complete a short onboarding course on Canvas prior to obtaining their Domain. Details about the course will be sent to students after they submit their request form.