Frequently Asked Questions
The Haverford Sites project allows Haverford students, faculty, and staff to register their own domain name and associate it with a hosted web space, free of charge while at Haverford. With their Domain and corresponding web space, users have the opportunity to design and create a meaningful and flexible digital presence.
The purposes of Haverford Sites are:
1) WEB LITERACY: Master the tools and technology that make up the web to build your own space online.
As part of the Haverford Sites Domain of One’s Own project, all Haverford students, faculty, and staff can create their own subdomain (i.e., yourname.sites.haverford.edu). You can install open-source web applications on your domains such as WordPress, Drupal, Omeka, MediaWiki, etc. Haverford Sites will give you opportunities to experiment with these tools and build digital fluency to understand the complexities of the web.
2) DIGITAL IDENTITY: Explore the notion of digital identity and how publishing on the web can frame an identity.
Haverford Sites provides you with tools to create a digital identity that you own and manage. You can control the look and feel of your own sites. With your own domain, you can develop an identity that reflects your academic, professional, and life goals, and connects to other learners, experts, and communities.
3) RECLAIM: Learn to take ownership and control over the content you put on the web instead of handing it to third-party publishers.
With your own domain, you will have more control over your data. Unlike Moodle, you can access your own work after the semester is over, and even after you leave Haverford college.
- A Personal Cyberinfrastructure by Gardner Campbell
- The Web We Need to Give Students by Audrey Watters
- University of Mary Washington (UMW): Domain of One’s Own Defined (12:20)
- A Domain of One’s Own (TED x USagradoCorazon) by Jim Groom (14:42)
- A Brief History of Domain of One’s Own, Part 1 by UMW
- A Brief History of Domain of One’s Own, Part 2: The 12 Days of Domains by UMW
Here is what Reclaim Hosting says about FERPA (on their FAQ page): The student is controlling how much information is out there. Similar to a public blogging platform being run by a university, FERPA only requires that student records (and what constitutes a “record” is debatable) not be public unless a student gives permission. In this case if the student wanted to sign up and lock down their hosting they can certainly do that, no one is requiring them to make their information public.
Reclaim Hosting was reviewed and approved as a vendor for Haverford College by the Instructional and Information Technology Services (IITS) at Haverford College.