Academia Adds RSS Feeds to
Their Teaching Tool Kit
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 industries.
1. Share Resources
Academics are using social bookmarking websites
to share quality websites that relate to their
area of expertise with colleagues and students.
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 professors.
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 becomes available.
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
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
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
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 further education.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
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.