RSS and higher learning - an introduction


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A 10 minute presentation on RSS to library staff in the Bloomsbury Colleges, summer 2011 (but slideshare has chewed it up a bit...)

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  • Academics stand to lose if practice is standardised. Losses include professional identity, initiative, a sense of autonomy, personal and disciplinary principles and discretion to teach contingently. The ensuing sense of personal loss, anxiety and unfulfilment is a risk to academia.
  • Also version control. One thing existing in one place means that if there’s a change only one thing needs to be edited.
  • I really enjoyed listening to Steven Downes and George Siemens’ final elluminate session where they reflected on what had gone right and what they wanted to change, and things centred on this RSS tool. Not only allow people to effortlessly pull in the contributions from their diverse sources, and repurpose them, cross reference them and so on, but also to pull in blog objects, turn them into discussion objects, and perhaps most ground breaking and important of all, to feed them back to the original post. I
  • RSS and higher learning - an introduction

    1. 1. RSS a 10 minute presentation for the Bloomsbury Colleges  Mira Vogel Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>What is RSS, how does it help? </li></ul><ul><li>How to spot a ‘feed’ </li></ul><ul><li>Using a reader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe to a feed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feeding from place to place </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ambitious vision for RSS feeds in learning </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is RSS, how does it help? <ul><li> </li></ul>
    4. 4. Glossary RSS Doesn’t matter (Really Simple Syndication) Feed Data format for frequently updated content; allows syndication, aggregation and subscription Software to capture feeds and makes them readable by humans Aggregator aka Reader Subscribe Select feeds to display in your aggregator. Selecting feeds to display in the aggregator you use. Subscribe Software to capture feeds and makes them readable by humans Aggregator Data format for frequently updated content; allows syndication and subscription Feed Doesn’t matter (Really Simple Syndication) RSS Meaning Term
    5. 5. Using a reader
    6. 6. Some browsers are control freaks so you have to find a way round.
    7. 7. Subscribing – for example: <ul><li>Phil Bradley (librarian blogger, Web 2.0 pundit) </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education (journal) </li></ul><ul><li>Read Write Web (Web 2.0 news site) </li></ul><ul><li>Dave Cormier (educational blogger) </li></ul>
    8. 10. At-a-glance view Each entry clickable Scrollable
    9. 11. Expands to give more info Links to each web page.
    10. 12. Organise in folders
    11. 13. What else can we do? <ul><li>Star items </li></ul><ul><li>Reorder folders, most important first </li></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Form communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share items (yes - feeding feeds!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe to others’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>And… </li></ul>
    12. 14. We can display feeds in different places
    13. 15. Fragmented web lives cohere at last widget widget widget Our web bookmarks Our library Our blog
    14. 16. So with very little outlay of effort, RSS lets us:
    15. 17. … gather dispersed stuff into other contexts …
    16. 18. … externalise our working lives, be visible …
    17. 19. … become a resource for our communities.
    18. 20. The way ahead: a pioneering vision for RSS
    19. 21. e.g. CCK11, a MOOC Dave Cormier UPEI Stephen Downes National Research Council & Uni of Manitoba George Siemens Uni of Manitoba
    20. 22. e.g. CCK11, a MOOC Massive – scales up, network of facts improves with numbers Open – diversity and numbers Online – distribution, autonomy Course – events in time, together
    21. 23. Distributed e.g.     
    22. 24. “ reduce the friction” “ splice information together in different contexts” Pull in blog objects… … turn them into discussion objects… … feed them back to the original post. e.g. CCK11, a MOOC
    23. 25.
    24. 26. Thank you. [email_address]