Here's what ironic: the system my school is now promoting for student web publishing not only reveals the student's name, it reveals their UNIVERSITY NETWORK ID in the URL of every webpage. Can you believe that? Not just their name, but their actual university log-on (which normally we are not supposed to share with anybody). It would also reveal my university log-on (that I use for our SIS to enter grades for example), if I chose to publish any course materials this way. When I protested that I was not about to reveal my university log-on to the entire Internet, I was told that the "Security Committee" had reviewed this and decided it was not a problem. OMG. They said it was "just" the log-on; my password was still secret.
And ... the system they are using for this truly awful web publishing option, Xythos, was recently acquired by... Blackboard! Go figure!
At least with GoogleSites my students can protect their privacy if they prefer that to actually sharing their learning online. As I said, so far my students are proud of their work (justifiably, I would add!), and glad to share it with other students under their own name. I like the fact that the choice is theirs. Meanwhile, if I used the option now being provided by my university, not only would their name be public, so would their university log-on. Incredible.