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1. RSS in Teaching

"RSS answers the question of how to filter and organize the vast amount of information on the Web. Internet users tend to settle on preferred sources of information, whether news sites, blogs, wikis, or other online resources that regularly update content. RSS allows users to create a list of those sources in an application that automatically retrieves updates, saving considerable time and effort."

user_48.png1.1 Lecturers

  • Lecturers can share information that they produce with their students using RSS
  • Lecturers can recommend RSS feeds to their students thereby fulfilling the function of helping students to sort information sources
  • Lecturers can ask students to source their own RSS sources and to make these available as class resources

user_48.png1.2 Students

  • Students can share their own information using RSS (for example through writing an RSS enabled Blog)
  • Students can use RSS to filter and organize information from the Web

2. Examples

RSS is a way for you to get summaries from the various information sources that interest you e.g. web pages, blog posts, wiki sites, social bookmarking accounts. This saves you having to visit all these different sites to find out what has been updated. Teaching can certainly be enriched when resources include RSS feeds from reliable information sources. However, the RSS feeds need to be incorporated into activities in a meaningful way in order to encourage students to make use of the feeds. This means making the RSS feeds an integral part of the learning experience and linking the activity to assessment.

Intended Learning Outcome
Learning Activity
Students be able to provide an outline of a project to convert a face-to-face course for distance/flexible delivery.
Students will use the learning design template along with the course readings and the the RSS feeds to develop a project outline for converting their course for flexible/distance delivery.
Students will be assessed on their project document. Quality will be judged using the associated marking rubric.
This is the RSS Feed for the Faculty Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.

    This is the RSS Feed for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the UK.

    Jisc news

    paper_content_pencil_48.png3. Research Articles

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    image_warning_48.png1. Pollard, C. & Pollard, R. (2007). E-Teaching, Learning and Research Tools: RSS Feeds. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (pp. 2131-2135). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

    RSS, an acronym for Rich Site Summary, Real Simple Syndication, or RDF Site Summary, represents an important technology that allows the user to subscribe to web content through the use of an aggregator or feed reader. Although an obvious benefit of RSS feeds is the ability to stay current, the technology presents a powerful web-based method to support teaching, learning and research.This presentation describes relevant uses of RSS in the educational environment including strategies for designing lessons enriched through RSS and the role of RSS in providing collaborative research opportunities for students and teachers. The session features an overview of RSS, a demonstration of RSS in action as well as examples of exciting educational applications.

    image_add_48.png2. Duffy, Peter D. and Bruns, Axel (2006) The Use of Blogs, Wikis and RSS in Education: A Conversation of Possibilities. In: Online Learning and Teaching Conference 2006, 26 Sep. 2006, Brisbane.

    In a ‘socially mobile learning environment’, it is no longer sufficient to use online learning and teaching technologies simply for the delivery of content to students. A ‘digital literacy’ exists where flexible and mobile technologies must be explored for collaborative and (co)creative purposes, as well as for the critical assessment and evaluation of information. This paper will focus on the educational possibilities of blogs, wikis and RSS feeds. Blogs and wikis are two new content development and management technologies that enable an interactive and intercreative engagement amongst students and between students and teachers. RSS is a technology for syndicating information such as the content of websites. These technologies enable desirable practices such as collaborative content creation, peer assessment, formative evaluation of student work, individual as well as group reflection on learning experiences, and up-to-date information regarding changes in collaborative spaces, and can be used in the development of authentic learning tasks. An overview of each technology will be presented with pragmatic suggestions for their incorporation into the student learning experience.