For many years, we've run a bibliographic databases exercise early in our key skills I.T. course, and we'll do so again next year. It seems logical to follow on directly with RSS so that students can pull down resources relevant to their modules.
To introduce students to RSS feeds as a means of both acquiring and publishing information.
Students will receive an introduction to RSS via the VLE incorporating information about and links to a range of RSS aggregators (Google Reader, Bloglines, Netvibes/PageFlakes).
1. Students will be required to open a Google account in their UoL username (or an assigned derivative if that account name is already taken) and to subscribe to at least six feeds (four? five?) related to their academic course, at least two from peer-reviewed journals and other of general interest, e.g. BBC News Health/Science, Google News keyword-targeted feed.
2. To embed an immersive pattern of RSS feed use, students will be required to tag and share - preferably with an added note - at least six (four? five?) items (in total) per week. (Shared items which are not tagged will not count towards the mark).
In week 10 we will assess (via the shared items RSS feed) whether they have completed the task and award marks or otherwise via the VLE gradebook. (Students will be advised that that can have multiple Google accounts if they wish for professional and social use).
Allocation of marks?
How do we encourage students to share the task of resource discovery?
What could go wrong? Answers