RSS and Content Syndication in Higher Education: Subscribing to a New Model of Teaching and Learning
Educational Media International Volume 45, Number 4, ISSN 0952-3987
While blogs, wikis and social networking sites are enjoying high levels of attention as tools to support learning, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) remains the "poor cousin" of these technologies in the higher education classroom, with relatively low uptake amongst educators and students. In this article, the authors argue that the affordances of RSS and content syndication can be used to deliver rich, active, social learning experiences that promote a high degree of learner personalisation, choice and autonomy. They describe a number of ways in which the potential of RSS can be exploited to transform pedagogy in ways that are congruent with emerging theories and models of learning, and that are consistent with the philosophy and ethos of Web 2.0 and networked society at large. The article concludes with a consideration of some of the issues and limitations facing the uptake and use of RSS for teaching and learning. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
Lee, M.J.W., Miller, C. & Newnham, L. (2008). RSS and Content Syndication in Higher Education: Subscribing to a New Model of Teaching and Learning. Educational Media International, 45(4), 311-322.