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Enabling RSS feeds
by Laura MacGregor - Saturday, 24 January 2009, 09:51 AM
 
Hello there,

I was able to add an RSS feed to Breaking News English to the sidebar of my top page (http://lauramac.org/moodle/). Now, I would like to add RSS feeds elsewhere, such as course top page sidebars, as well as in courses, on forums and lessons for example.

I would like to also include a "subscribe" button for students to click on to subscribe to the feed.

Could I ask for some advice on the above?
Thanks very much in advance,
Laura MacGregor
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Re: Enabling RSS feeds
by Don Hinkelman - Thursday, 29 January 2009, 05:02 PM
 
Hang in there, Laura. I am looking for a "genius" to answer your question.

By the way, we decided to hold a Genius Bar with many sessions during the Febuary MoodleMoot conference in Hakodate. I am hoping some of them will know the answer to your question. smile
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Re: Enabling RSS feeds
by Peter Ruthven-Stuart - Thursday, 29 January 2009, 06:31 PM
 
Laura,

cool That's a great theme you have. What's it called?

You asked:

"I would like to add RSS feeds elsewhere, such as course top page sidebars, as well as in courses, on forums and lessons for example."

Use the RSS feeds block. Turn editing on in a course, and from the blocks menu choose "Remote RSS feeds". You will then be able to add single or multiple feeds (i.e. links to feeds, usually xml files) to that block.

If you want to make lots of RSS feeds available in your site go to the top page Admin section -> Modules -> Blocks => Remote RSS Feeds. Here you be able to add links to feeds and their titles, and then at a later date add these links to RSS blocks.

You might also want to consider using Sticky Blocks, wich you'll find by going to the top page Admin section -> Modules -> Blocks => Sticky Blocks. You can set an RSS block as a sticky block which means it will automatically appear in every course.

You also asked:

"I would like to also include a "subscribe" button for students to click on to subscribe to the feed."

To do this, you need to add a link to the RSS feed. For example, the feed URL for Breaking News English, which is on your top page is:

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/breakingnewsenglish?format=xml

So, in a HTML block you would add soemthing like this:

Subscribe to the Breaking News English RSS feed

Note, depending on your students' browsers, clicking on such a link will lead to different results. Both Safari and Firefox have built in RSS readers: they open the feed in a window where the 'student' is given the option to subscribe.

Make sense?

Hope to see you in Hakodate on the 15th February:

http://www.petesweb.org/moot/
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Re: Enabling RSS feeds
by Laura MacGregor - Sunday, 1 February 2009, 03:22 PM
 
Dear Peter,

Well, I could do the first part as I have done before. I made an RSS block on the sidebar of the Film Studies page and put the feed for the Movie reviews page from The New Yorker magazine.

I used the feed from the site:
http://feeds.newyorker.com/services/rss/feeds/movies.xml

But I couldn't add a susbscribe button so students could subscribe themselves.

As you suggested above, it should be:
feed://feeds.newyorker.com/services/rss/feeds/movies.xml

These two URLS are the same so, therefore, I have done something wrong.

What am I missing?

As for my theme, it is from New School Learning

http://www.newschoollearning.com/

at a cost. The theme is called Vitality, and you get all 8 colours with it.

The banner on the top page was made by a friend. We chose the words, she cut from news and magazines, arranged them in the collage and photographed them.

Thanks for your continued help,

Laura