Week 2 *Now week 3* – “It will be messy and chaotic” (due before F, Sep 23 @9:30 Vernon & M, Sep 26 @10 Kelowna)

Burtis (2017) discusses four major components involved in building your own website. What are they and why are they important?


Burtis, M. (2017). Messy and chaotic learning: a domains presentation at Keene State College.

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  1. Burtis sheds light on aspects that, given our mindless use of the Web most of the time, aren’t even brought up for discussion. But they’re far from irrelevant if we consider how the Web has changed since its mainstream “debut”, and how it will continue changing – if it will be for the better or for the worse depends on whether people reflect upon concepts that go a lot further than the mechanics of the Web.
    The author highlights four points that will be fundamental to how the people who are creating things on the Web will help shape its future: how things are named; how things are built; how we should expect for things to go wrong on the Web; and how we should question how it is used not only as a tool for creating things robotically but how entire generations can be influenced by what is created online and how.
    By allowing people to choose how they want to be perceived online we give them the power to share their own truth on their own terms and experiment with who they want to be. It also comes as essential that the new generations have the chance to build their own space with their own preferred technology, instead of simply having to follow rules inside a platform (or many) that was created for them, but not with them in mind.
    Another aspect of the utmost importance is to give people the chance to make mistakes and assure them that things will go wrong, but to be able to guide them when it does happen. Knowing what to do when things don’t go to plan is one of the most useful skills in the modern world. But we mustn’t forget the ability to question the Web in terms of the true purposes behind it so we can all make use of a more human, kinder and understanding “space”.


  2. The Internet is a messy and chaotic place, why try to fight it?
    This was my biggest take away from the article, corporations, institutions, and governments try very hard to filter or control the internet/online space, and honestly why bother? It’s not worth the hassle, it’s better to let people make the internet what they want it to be.

    While making of the internet as you see fit the author highlighted 4 major components to building your own online space,
    The Naming: giving a name to your own space to identify it as your own and to label it for others to find it, everything’s gotta have a name right?
    The Building: creating and building your own space, rather than using a space created by others for you like most social media , the sky’s the limit there’s no rules imposed by others.
    The Breaking: Naturally things are going to break but thats all part of the process and is necessary to move forward
    The Knowing: It’s hard to make any of the previous parts happen without knowing how things work, how they don’t and how to make them work, but knowing can also be a gradual process that happens alongside the other parts as you will know more through the process of naming, building and breaking.


  3. This article by Burtis breaks down creating a website into four generalized steps.

    “The Naming of Things”:

    The conception phase of the website. During this phase, the creator of the website selects a domain name, thereby granting control of the domain to the creator. Naming summons the website from the realm of ideas into our reality, providing a platform to build on.

    “The Building of Things”

    This is the core of creating a website, here the developer builds the server that hosts the website that users experience. During this phase the developer uses code along with visual and audio media to define their ideas, manifesting their vision for the website.

    “The Breaking of Things”

    In this phase testing and iterative improvement occurs. Flaws in design and functionality reveal themselves and are corrected. Some issues are purely technical, however, others stem from design decisions that may allow users to act in undesired ways. Balancing user freedom while maintaining the desired user experience can pose a complex issue. I suspect this phase is the most important in creating a quality experience. Going through the difficult process of weeding out bad ideas and bugs while polishing and improving on what works is critical to stand out in a chaotic competitive environment.

    “The Knowing of Things”

    I would summarize this phase as gaining a deeper understanding of how the technology works and how and when to use it. By gaining experience and skills the developer becomes better equipped to express themselves and their future ideas.


  4. In this article, Burtis introduces the four components which are needed to build people’s own websites and they are “the naming”, “the building”, “the breaking”, and “the knowing”. She also points out the important roles of each component.
    Firstly, “the naming” is making things meaningful. Pinney, who is a meteorologist, explains “when we know the name of something, we begin to care about it” so “the naming” is important because it makes things to exist and to take people’s responsibility of owning and caring for their website.
    Secondly, “the building” is giving people their personal spaces where people can show themselves on the web. It helps people to notice the importance of acting and producing by themselves; only waiting doesn’t create and start anything.
    Thirdly, “the breaking” is giving challenges to people through building their own things on the web. When a problem happens, people try to figure it out so “the breaking” helps people to develop their skills of problem solving. And particularly, students can practice their media literacy to prevent problems in their real lives.
    Lastly, “the knowing” is understanding the mechanism of technology and having an interest in it by making something from scratch on the web. Finally, this learning helps to make people advantageous when they start job hunting as people get marketing and computer skills through the web activities.
    In conclusion, there are four components which are involved in building people’s own website like “the naming”, “the building”, “the breaking”, and “the knowing”. It seems that they are important because people can develop themselves in many ways through learning technology and it is useful and it is enjoyable.


  5. I find the article to be interesting due to its push between the surface and deeper sides to the Web. there is a strong essence that we are not using the web to its full potential, and for the higher educators who are it is so deeply specific there seems to be no budge for discovering more or looking past said project.
    It was mentioned there are four keys parts to breaking down and building a website.
    “The naming of things” creating your specific name which helps the builder create their domain. “The building of things” meaning the created of said domain builds up the website to make it interesting and eye catching to their viewers. “The breaking of things,” correcting, taking down, setting back up, etc. the phase in which the builder can reconstruct and be as creative as the please. The website is still in its constrictions phases and can be played around with. “The knowing of things,” in sense that you can gain knowledge and information at any time and use it in the future. You are aloud to be creative and discover new things as well and reconstruct and replace all simultaneously.


  6. Naming of things-Your domain name is so important because its the first thing a viewer sees of you and therefore your identity. Personally in my domain name I would want to use .ca because I am Canadian and that is a strong part of how I identity myself. I would also use my name as that is how you introduce yourself to new people it is what you are known by so why should it be any different online.
    Building of things- How we design our websites help further that identity to our viewers. The posts we put out there further our online presence and create a more real online identity. That is why content creation is huge so you can explore and expand your world but still make it your own.
    Breaking of things- Technology is not something that everyone exactly how to deal with. So it can stop people from taking advantage of all the ways they can use it to help them. Something might go wrong, it might not be perfect, people might react badly. Not everything is perfect and not everyone is going to agree with everything you do. So take control for yourself and try anyways because that is going to do more for you than doing nothing will even if things go wrong.
    Knowing of things- So much information is given out and we have to allow ourselves to be able to go through it think critically and find the truth. You are never going to be able to do this until you start and everyone has to start somewhere. Mistakes are apart of everyday life. The mistakes made online are just instant and can be seen by millions. That does not mean to stop trying that means you need to be able to learn from your mistakes.
    The “web” is fast pace all we can do is try to keep up.


  7. In “Messy and chaotic learning: a domain presentation at Keene State College” (2017), Martha Burtis explains how herself and her colleagues at the University of Mary Washington have developed a project called “Domain of One’s Own”. This project challenges what she refers to as “higher education’s general abandonment of the Web as a space that needs to be interrogated and interpreted.” In contrast to the standardized nature of the Learning Management System (LMS) which most post-secondary institutions have relied on since 1998 to curate their students’ interactions with the Web, Burtis advocates for a “messier and more chaotic space for teaching and learning online.” This sentiment is the guiding intention of Burtis and colleagues’ course, ds106, in which students build their own website and develop a digital identity.
    Burtis highlights four main components involved in building a website. Choosing a domain name is the first component. The name that a student chooses for their site embodies their intention for the space and lets them take ownership of their corner of the Web. For example, a student might want their domain name and their online presence to reflect who they are in real life, making the site easy to find. The second component is the actual building of the site. The chosen structure will depend on the desired functional purpose of the site, and so building often happens continuously as the student refines their digital presence overtime. The third component that Burtis presents is the inevitable trial and error of problem-solving when things don’t go quite right. In ds106, break-downs are viewed as opportunities for growth and community-building. The prior three components collectively made up the fourth, which is life-skill development, or what Burtis calls “the knowing of things.” In the process of building their own websites, students learn practical and transferable skills that they can take with them to future places of learning and/or employment.
    Burtis believes that the messy and chaotic approach to website building facilitated by Domain of One’s Own equips students for navigating an increasingly digital world. By giving students the agency to name, build, and use their site as they please, students are allowed to take ownership of their digital identity in a way not possible with the LMS. This view of the web, as a space for successes and failures, for learning, growth, and self-discovery, is far more realistic than any streamlined alternative view endorsed by corporations.


  8. Marta Burtis, in her article, shows us the adventure she went through trying to change the learning management system so that it is useful, updated and customized for each student. Therefore, and through WordPress, the students were able to get their own domain and web hosting for a project called “Domain of One’s Own”. These are four major components involved in building websites:
    1. The Naming of Things
    Is the very first stage on the creating domain process. That gives us a sense of commitment with our space and production, an identity that is now real, and it is present on digital reality.
    2. The Building of Things
    Giving students the opportunity to create their own spaces allows them to have “control” over the space in a way they never had before. Since they are old enough to be on the Web, their participation has been limited to using the spaces of big media conglomerates or social networking companies. This change allows them to be more authors and less spectators, to be more protagonists and less mere receivers.
    3. The Breaking of Things
    As humans, we all make mistakes and the web is a place where everything can go wrong. From technical issues to problems with published content. Therefore, the focus should not be on preventing mistakes from being made, but on the support system provided to students, such as individualized peer support and close monitoring by the teacher of student postings.
    4. The Knowing of Things
    As we already understand, knowledge is power. Students who know how to work with WordPress, having a portfolio of their work online are at an advantage over other students who do not. But the benefit is even more profound. Knowing how to manage their own space gives them the possibility to stand out on the web, where there are very structured spaces, full of information with an agenda and biased, or corporations that want to make a lot of money however they can, political forces with a lot of power that try to tip the balance to their side.


  9. THE NAMING OF THINGS: The participants decide how they wish to be represented online as the first step in building their own domain.
    THE BUILDING OF THINGS: This is the essential component of domain construction, and while the web does not yet exist, it is something we can develop.
    THE BREAKING OF THINGS: Things do not always go as planned; upgrades fail, plugins malfunction, photographs are too large, among other issues; also, students occasionally publish inappropriate content.
    THE KNOWING OF THINGS: a practical nature. You can use your domain for employment, further education, mastering web design is a marketable skill, and the internet is a dynamic environment.
    Obviously, the internet is changing disciplines and education.


  10. The article “Messy and Chaotic Learning: A Domains Presentation at Keene State College” written by Martha Burtis talks about her adventure on learning and her ideas for the potential of the web. It starts off with explaining her original thesis which was about rethinking how we use the web in terms of higher education. She goes on to talk about how people really had no idea what the web could do, especially in terms of college students. People often thought that her way of thinking on this topic was pointless, that the web couldn’t do anything for education and was only there for entertainment purposes. Burtis and a few like-minded colleagues worked to prove the potential of the web, the main takeaway being four parts that make up Domain of One’s Own.
    First, the naming of things. If you want to be found easily Burtis recommended naming your domain something that reflects your name as “search engines tend to give higher rankings to sites that reflect the search query in the actual URL”. Of course it could also be things like a hobby or a sport, or even a favorite line in case someone doesn’t want their person to be attached to their website. It was just recommended that you name it something you would feel comfortable telling your grandparents and putting on your resume, as these websites are designed for students to bring with them into the workforce after they have already graduated. Second is the building of things. Although they primarily use Domain of One’s Own for websites one can also build applications or use applications to spread your content across many websites and social networks. Thirdly is the breaking of things. With the web and programs there are things that are bound to go wrong, nothing is going to go perfectly when making a website, especially for the first time. Burtis explains that and how it is necessary to learn how to break things down and start again, and that peer support was also a necessity. And lastly is the knowing of things. Knowing and learning about the web is a very important part of the students time as the web is continuously growing and is used in nearly, if not every, occupation and knowing how to move around and interact with the web will be an upper hand in nearly any situation these days.
    Burtis closes off the article describing what exactly the web could be, from an insider’s perspective. People were confused and reluctant to learn about the web, some still are, especially if you’ve lived most of your life without it. It can seem unwelcoming at first and useless for learning but you just have to take a closer look. Thanks to Martha Burtis and her colleagues it seems that people are finding it worthwhile to take a look at the potential of the web.


  11. Messy & Chaotic Learning: A Domains Presentation at Keene State College, an Article written by Martha Brutis in 2017 has a lot to offer. In this Article Brutis goes into detail about her work at MAry Washington University and what led her there, specifically her work in creating the Domain of One’s Own for the staff and students at Mary Washingtons. In this Article, Brutis offers up the four steps in which she followed in creating a website of ones own. The first she titles as “The Naming of Things”, the next is “The Building of Things”, the third is “The Breaking of Things” and finally the last step is “The Knowing of Things”. In this comment I will go on to describe what each of those things mean.

    The first step, “The Naming of Things” is almost as simple as it sounds. Allowing those creating their websites and blogs to choose a Domain thing. This, just like many of the other steps, is important in their own right. According to Brutis’ views, she finds once you name things, it truly brings them into existence. Allowing her students this responsibility also gives them something to consider and take accountability for. For example, they would want to pick a Domain name that is appropriate so that if they so choose they are able to share their site or blog with family members or put on future job applications to stand out from the crowd.

    The next step “Building Things” is what gives the student and staff the ability to come into oneself and really make something to be proud of. This is when they get to choose what sort of server they hope to create. This is when they get to show off their individuality, share their voice and truly live in a place of their own creation where they are finally the ones in charge for once. In this ever changing, unpredictable world, they can create one themselves in which they have full control over.

    The third step is “The Breaking of Things”. I believe she includes this step because as much control as you do have over the creation of you own space, you cannot control when things go wrong and no matter how much you don’t want them to or try to stop it from happening; it will happen. Brutis includes this as a form of preparation. I believe this step is the most important one as not only will you be prepared but in fixing things when they do eventually break or freeze up, etc, when the student is able to fix it I believe their confidence and self assurance will go up. To me this step is less about “The Breaking of Things” and more about The Fixing of Things. Things will always go wrong, however it’s what you do that matters.

    And finally the last step, “The Knowing of Things”. Knowledge is Marketable and knowing how to work and run your own website is an important skill if one hopes to get a job in Journalism in Social Media or Marketing and Advertising. Teaching this skill early on allows the students to have the confidence they need to face the work world and to actually know how to use it. The Internet is not just another textbook but rather another world for us to live in, so knowing how to use, manipulate, create and control that world will only do us all favours, regardless if we are students, teachers or others.

    Ultimately, Messy & Chaotic Learning: A Domains Presentation at Keene State College by Marth Brutis is not only full of valuable information, but is the perfect step by step guide in learning what you need to create your own website. From the first step of “The Naming of Things”, all the way down to the last of “The Knowing of Things” Brutis teaches us all something valuable that’s worth knowing.


  12. In messy & chaotic learning: a domains presentation at Keene state college, Martha Burtis outlines 4 steps that go into building a website, as well as why they are important.
    THE NAMING OF THINGS- the first step when building a website is often simply giving it a name. While it’s not a very labour-intensive step, it lets you build a connection to your website, and that can make all the difference between a passion project and just another chore. It’s also a way of leaving your mark on a website and officially making it yours.
    THE BUILDING OF THINGS- is the actual making of the website in terms of coding and domain usage or even aesthetic choices in how you want your website to come across. The building step is important because well without it you wouldn’t have a website. But also you are creating in your own space with minimal interference by giant internet corporations. That makes it special and completely limitless in terms of how you choose to decorate your little corner of the internet. For a tangible comparison, you may ascribe more value to a wooden chair you made yourself versus buying from a chain store. Building a website also brings appreciation for how much work goes into an area you may have previously taken for granted.
    THE KNOWING OF THINGS- this step is about getting familiar with all the technology that goes into making one’s website, for example, using WordPress. It’s important for a variety of reasons. Building a website is a lot easier when you understand what you are using to make it. It’s also much less difficult to work out what’s going wrong when you know what all the cogs in the clockwork are supposed to be doing. Also having more knowledge of your tools rarely has drawbacks and can have uses outside of just building a website.
    THE BREAKING OF THINGS- when building a website, it is inevitable things break or go wrong in a myriad of ways, whether technical or through poor choices. It’s important to not be deterred by this step because it is better to make these mistakes and learn from them than to be perpetually afraid of things going wrong. This is especially important because the consequences of not learning from one’s mistakes can be serious in an environment outside of a classroom.


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