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1.8 RSS feeds and aggregators

RSS is a type of web feed that allows users to view updates to online content, such as news or blog discussions. Often this is used to receive updates from news websites of interest, but it can also have a useful purpose in online teaching. For example, RSS feeds can be used to subscribe to discussion threads, so that the learner receives an email notification every time someone responds to a particular thread. As a teacher, you could also use this kind of technology to ‘push’ messages, schedule reminders and discussion topics out to learners for them to receive in a manner that suits them. Tools that gather together in a single place the RSS feeds that you have signed up to receive are known as RSS aggregators.


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