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The RSS Revolution: Using Blogs and Podcasts to Distribute Learning Centent


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Course management systems like Blackboard make it easy for faculty to upload content and make that content available for students. Traditionally, students have been required to locate new content once posted before manually downloading it. With the advent of RSS, faculty now have the ability to push instructional content to students in a variety of new ways, therefore automating the content distribution process. This session will provide an introduction to RSS and discuss how blogs and podcasts leverage RSS to automate the delivery of content. Examples of educational applications of blogs and podcasts will be shared and strategies for using blogs and podcasts in conjunction with Blackboard will be discussed.

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The RSS Revolution: Using Blogs and Podcasts to Distribute Learning Centent

  1. 1. The RSS Revolution: Using Blogs & Podcasts to Distribute Learning Content <ul><li>Jason Rhode </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center </li></ul><ul><li>Northern Illinois University </li></ul>
  2. 2. The “whats” & “whys” of RSS Blogs & podcasts: Tools for content delivery Applications with Blackboard In This Presentation Topics to be covered
  3. 3. Learning in the 21st Century
  4. 4. “Traditional” e-Learning <ul><li>Content placed in LMS (Blackboard) </li></ul><ul><li>Students must revisit course site to access content </li></ul><ul><li>No automated notification of new content </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor has primary control of content creation & delivery </li></ul>
  5. 5. Modes of Interaction in Distance Ed. ( Anderson, 2003 )
  6. 6. ( Downes, 2006 )
  7. 7. Personal Learning Environments (PLE) <ul><li>Students contribute to content creation & distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Automated delivery of new content to students </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor has primary control of content creation & delivery </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lifelong Learning Lifelong Learning
  9. 9. Informal Learning
  10. 10. Different Styles of Learning
  11. 11. Ubiquitous Connectivity Ubiquitous Connectivity
  12. 12. ( Siemens, 2006 )
  13. 13. ( Siemens, 2006 )
  14. 14. ( Tosh, 2003 )
  15. 15. Why RSS?
  16. 16. Information Overload Information Overload
  17. 17. Syndication Syndication Aggregation Aggregation
  18. 18. What is RSS?
  19. 19. RSS <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Format for syndicating content from the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose what information to receive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get new content when it becomes available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be used to distribute files </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. RSS <ul><li>XML file format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Universally readable by feed readers and podcatching software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Either term/button can refer to the existence of a feed (RSS = process; XML = file format) </li></ul></ul>vs. RSS XML
  21. 21. R S S
  22. 22. What does XML look like? <ul><li><?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;UTF-8&quot; standalone=&quot;yes&quot;?> </li></ul><ul><li><?xml-stylesheet href=&quot;; type=&quot;text/css&quot;?> </li></ul><ul><li><feed xmlns=&quot;; version=&quot;0.3&quot; xml:lang=&quot;en-US&quot;> </li></ul><ul><li><link href=&quot;; rel=&quot;; title=&quot;FacDev Training Blog&quot; type=&quot;application/atom+xml&quot;/> </li></ul><ul><li><link href=&quot;; rel=&quot;service.feed&quot; title=&quot;FacDev Training Blog&quot; type=&quot;application/atom+xml&quot;/> </li></ul><ul><li><title mode=&quot;escaped&quot; type=&quot;text/html&quot;>FacDev Training Blog</title> </li></ul><ul><li><tagline mode=&quot;escaped&quot; type=&quot;text/html&quot;/> </li></ul><ul><li><link href=&quot;; rel=&quot;alternate&quot; title=&quot;FacDev Training Blog&quot; type=&quot;text/html&quot;/> </li></ul><ul><li><id>,1999:blog-21171622</id> </li></ul><ul><li><modified>2006-08-01T18:21:09Z</modified> </li></ul><ul><li><generator url=&quot;; version=&quot;6.72&quot;>Blogger</generator> </li></ul><ul><li><info mode=&quot;xml&quot; type=&quot;text/html&quot;> </li></ul><ul><li><div xmlns=&quot;;>This is an Atom formatted XML site feed. It is intended to be viewed in a Newsreader or syndicated to another site. Please visit the <a href=&quot;;>Blogger Help</a> for more info.</div> </li></ul><ul><li></info> </li></ul><ul><li><convertLineBreaks xmlns=&quot;;>true</convertLineBreaks> </li></ul><ul><li><entry xmlns=&quot;;> </li></ul><ul><li><link href=&quot;; rel=&quot;service.edit&quot; title=&quot;Creating and Using Blogs&quot; type=&quot;application/atom+xml&quot;/> </li></ul><ul><li><author> </li></ul><ul><li><name>Jason Rhode</name> </li></ul><ul><li></author> </li></ul><ul><li><issued>2006-08-01T12:27:00-05:00</issued> </li></ul><ul><li><modified>2006-08-01T17:27:51Z</modified> </li></ul>
  23. 23. How does a Blog work with RSS?
  24. 24. What is a Blog? weB log Posting 1 Posting 2 Posting 3 Posting 4 Posting 5 Title XML Menu to Previous Postings or Other Websites
  25. 25. Traditional “Pulling” of Content from the WWW
  26. 26. “ Traditional” Way of Reading a Blog Blog Posting 2 Blog Posting 1 Blog Posting 3
  27. 27. Pushing Content via a Blog, RSS & Aggregator User-determined frequency Notice of new items available Manual or automated download of content Read new items soon after being posted Blog Posting 1 Blog Posting 2 Blog Posting 3 XML
  28. 28. Sample Blogs
  29. 29. Sample Blogs <ul><li>HSTU 5510 : Social Software Affordance </li></ul><ul><li>CMU 224 : Advanced Web Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Weblogs in Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>HigherEdBlogCon </li></ul>
  30. 30. Blog Services
  31. 31. Blog Services
  32. 32. Blog Services
  33. 33. Aggregators
  34. 34. Aggregators iTunes
  35. 35. Podcasts & RSS
  36. 36. What is a Podcast? Podcasting? <ul><ul><li>A combination of the words iPod and broadcasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A way for people to be able to selectively subscribe to audio or video content over the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This content can then be automatically added to a mobile device, like iPod </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Podcast = Pushing Content via RSS & Podcatching Software User-determined frequency manual or automated download XML
  38. 38. Sample Podcasts
  39. 39. Sample Podcasts
  40. 40. Podcasting Services
  41. 41. Podcasting Services
  42. 42. Blackboard Integration Examples
  43. 44. Q&A