RSS and Education
Academia has embraced RSS as a means to educate, but
scrutinizing how educational institutions are using RSS feeds in
their daily routines show RSS is utilized can vary across different
1. Share Resources
Academics are using social bookmarking websites to share quality
websites that relate to their area of expertise with colleagues
Examples of Shared Resources:
Delicious - http://del.icio.us
social bookmarking system, can be setup to use as shared bookmarks,
RSS feeds are available CiteULike - http://www.citeulike.org
2. Class Blogs
From elementary schools to university blogs, online journals have
flourished. Instructors have used blogging as a teaching tool. Helping
students learn writing and reporting skills while understanding
how to use technology. Many educational bloggers use RSS as a means
to syndicate blog posts.
3. School Schedule Sports Schedule
RSS feeds can be used to communicate events scheduled on or
off campus to prospective and existing students. Subscribes of a
schools calendar feed receive notification as new items are added
to the calendar.
4. Podcast Lectures
Podcasts can be used as study guides or even as class preview
for students contemplating their course selections or choice of
5. Monitor Research
Students involved in cutting edge research projects can use
RSS to monitor news and search engines for specific keywords (like
nanotechnology or coldfusion) by creating search feeds. Any time
a mention of the keyword phrase occurs in a news piece the item
will appear in the search feed.
6. Professional Development
RSS can be used for remote education. Teachers can lose less
class time while still staying current on the latest techniques,
trends and information in their field of expertise.
7. Job Searches
Professors and teachers can create job search feeds. The RSS
feed will update each time a position that meets their criteria
8. Collaboration (writely/wiki)
Universities in particular actively participate in collaborative
projects and research. New tools have never made collaboration easier.
RSS can be used in conjunction with many of the online collaboration
tools to notify other contributors of changes.
9. Search Feeds
Students writing papers or working on research papers on specific
topics can create search feeds, so that each time that topic is
mentioned they receive notification in their custom search feed.
10. Study Guides
Many websites that are focussed on studying. Have created RSS
feeds that contain daily questions. There are feeds for "word of
the day" or "problem of the day". Students can subscribe to the
feed and integrate long term studying into their daily routines.
11. Medical Education
A study recently showed medial students who listened to heart
murmurs on an ipod, were more likely to accurately diagnose heart
murmurs accurately in patients. Some medical schools have begun
adopting podcasts as a means to educate.
Students can monitor high school and college scholarship opportunities
using RSS feeds.
Academic researchers can monitor funding and grant opportunities
using RSS feeds.
14. School News
Schools big or small can use RSS to communicate school news
with their population, announcing staff changes, new courses or
any other news that is relevant and of interest to the student population.
15. Student Financial Aid News
Students and parents can listen to podcasts that assist with
financial aid, student loans and financial podcasts that tackle
difficult topics like how to make college more affordable.
Locate Educational Feeds and Podcasts - http://www.educational-feeds.com
RSS is well suited for the world of academia and educators
have embraced it as a medium. Technology and communication for years
have helped advance the educational field for years. RSS feeds and
Podcasting is a natural fit for academics, and its obvious when
we look at how teachers, students and professors are using it to
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.
In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.