Control Your Class…with RSS

A dangerous trend in education is the advent of the Learning Management System (LMS). Jim Groom writes about the danger of siloing our data across the web rather than sharing it freely. In other words, if you work in Edmodo, it's difficult to share that content outside of Edmodo. It's stuck and you're robbed of the ability to share your work with a larger group who can build on, improve, and re-share.

The LMS has taken off because it takes the difficulty out of piecing things together. Unfortunately, rather than taking the time to look at alternatives, we go for the easy answer without considering the implications of locking out content until it's almost too late.

I've started a document which walks through how to connect documents, blogs, videos, and calendars all through RSS. Rather than locking your content away, RSS pulls from various sources - preferably ones you control - to deliver content directly to you or your students. RSS has been around for a long time, but it takes time to set up and manage, which is why most people pass over the option.

The goal of this document is to help you connect your dots. It's growing and dynamic. I'll update it, add, and take away. Feel free to copy it for yourself and share it with your colleagues. We need to begin talking about controlling our content and I think this is a great place to start.

3 thoughts on “Control Your Class…with RSS

  1. KenB says:

    Thanks Brian, this is the way I used to roll but then using an LMS made things easier. At first it was still raw and new (I started using Moodle in 2002) but I should definitely look at doing this for the coming semester. If I do, I will be sure to share about it!

  2. Zach C. says:

    Thanks for sharing/creating that document Brian! I like the idea of avoiding the LMS. I used Edmodo last year for one class and liked using a class website much better. I’m definitely going to use this doc as a resource and will share it on. Thanks again!

  3. Keisha Lewis says:

    In my local context, using an LMS is a good option for now, as technology integration is at the infant stages in my school in the Caribbean. But I have been a fan of RSS and can consider integrating it with LMS usage.

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