What is RSS?

RSS stands for Rich Site Summary. In essence, a stripped down version of an article on the web with the multimedia elements removed, which allows users to access updates to online content in a standardized, computer/mobile device, readable format.

Say for example, you wanted to show your Blackboard users an array of online news articles  from a number of diferent sources, one way to do this would be to use an RSS aggregator, which then provides the HTML code (a snippet of computer jargon) which you then paste into the Text Box editor of Blackboard.

Let’s have a look at an example. We’ll generate a widget using the FeedWind website.

It does require an account set up but’s free of charge and very flexible in terms of it’s display.

Log into FeedWind

Click on Create Widget

Copy and Paste the URL of your chosen RSS feed and if needed, click on the blue plus sign to add another RSS feed.

Once down, you can adjust various settings to get the look and feel you want for your Blackboard site.

Once you’re happy with it, click on Save & Get Code, for Blackboard you’ll need to choose the iFrame version. The code should look similar to this

https://feed.mikle.com/widget/v2/29088/

In Blackboard, go to Build Content/Item, and then in the Text Box editor, make sure you click on the HTML icon, and then paste in the code you copied from the FeedWind widget.

Bb_TBE_HTML

And there you have it, a nicely displayed RSS aggregator showing all of the feeds you selected for your students. Each article is a clickable link which will allow users to view the original article online.

One of the benefits of using a tool such as FeedWind, is that when you log into your account and add a new RSS feed to the widget, the RSS feed will automatically show in Blackboard.

FreeWind RSS Feed

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