@PeggySemingson @peggysemingson have you seen Wavelength with micro.blog integration: http://
I have never assigned a book in any #highered class that wasn't openly available (unless department req) but I am thinking of trying micro.blog subscriptions with podcasting. Be $50 a semester or so (going on five months) per student.
Though I would lose the domains of Own's One aspect. Would still need a static homepage, profile pages, etc that I have students build now in Wordpress.