RSS Feed Training

RSS Feeds are the most popular web feed format on the internet. RSS (Rich Site Summary) Feeds are like newspaper headlines that keep you up to date on all of your favorite websites and areas of interests.

Goals

Upon completion of this 1-on-1 training, you will be able to:

Training

Knowing Where on a Website to find an RSS Feed

When you surf a web page you may have noticed this icon somewhere on the web page. This icon is has the link to the RSS feed. Here is a example of what a web page looks like with a RSS Feed.

1. Open up Firefox

2. Go to https://www.luther.edu/its/blog/. The following page will display:

ITS Blog

Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see this: 

ITS Blog RSS Feed

 

3. Notice that in the lower right hand corner of the page you see the a icon. That icon contains the RSS Feeds for the luther.edu/its/blog page. That icon looks like this:

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RSS Feed Applications

There are many applications that view RSS Feeds. Some of these applications are Norse Mail, Firefox, Thunderbird, Microsoft Windows Vista Sidebar.

Adding an RSS Feed

Adding RSS Feeds are simple. In this demo we will add to three different applications; choose one of them that you will use. We will use the following: Norse Mail, Firefox, and Microsoft Windows Vista Sidebar.

Adding using Norse Mail

1. Open a web browser and go to mail.luther.edu and login.

2. Click on Settings then click on Web Clips.

3. Now open a new window or tab on your web browser and navigate to the web page that has the RSS Feed that you want. In this case we will use https://www.luther.edu/its/blog/.

4. Right click on the RSS Feed icon, and select Copy Link Location:

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5. Go back to the Norse Mail window or tab and paste the link location into the text field under Search by topic or URL: and click Search

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6. Click Add and now your RSS Feed’s articles will show in your web clips.

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7. The RSS Feed now shows up in your Web Clips

Adding using Firefox

1. Navigate to the web page that has the RSS Feed that you want. In this case we will use http://www.luther.edu/its/blog.

2. Click on the RSS Feed icon:

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3. At the top of the web page, Live Bookmarks will ask you if you want to subscribe to this page. Click Subscribe Now .

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4. When the Add Live Bookmark window pops up, click Add. The RSS Feed now shows up in your Bookmarks list.

Adding using Microsoft Windows Vista Sidebar

Below is your Microsoft Windows Vista Sidebar. You can use it to view your RSS Feeds.

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1. Open Internet Explorer 7

2. Navigate to the web page that has the RSS Feed that you want. In this case we will use https://www.luther.edu/its/blog/.

3. Click on the RSS Feed Icon:

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4. Internet Explorer will ask you if you want to Subscribe to this RSS Feed. Click Subscribe to this feed.

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5. A window will pop up confirming your subscription to the RSS Feed. Click Subscribe

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6. After a few minutes the RSS Feed that you had just added will now appear on your Microsoft Windows Vista Sidebar.

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Additional Resources

Review Educause Learning Initiative Resources

For an overview of RSS feeds, see 7 things you should know about…RSS which is part of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s (ELI’s) series providing concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices.

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