RSS into WebCT.

One of the things that I’ve been doing with the ExPERT centre is looking at the WebCT site -to see how it can be improved. One issue that struck me was the news page. It’s not that interactive. So, I initially wondered if it was possible to have an RSS feed from WebCT, but have realised that WebCT’s just not made that way.

So, I realised I’d have to feed into WebCT. I started off using UBCWiki: WorkshopRSS. The problem was that the RSS feed generator no longer existed. Pink Flamingo suggested an alternate generator, but I couldn’t get that to work. Another person on the WebCT discussion boards pointed me to the instructions at Georgia Southern University – after a slight blip (I think their server was down), I was able to generate feeds into WebCT from both this blog and an Elgg one.

The reason for wanting to do it, by the way, other than to prove that I could, was so that I could have the news on an external page & then those that are used to RSS can add it to their feedreader & those that aren’t can use WebCT to read it.

ExPERT Centre

I’ve recently started a .4 secondment to the ExPERT Centre ((Excellence in Professional development through Education, Research & Technology). It’s one of the two Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) that we have at Portsmouth. I’ll be looking at a number of things, but blogs, online communities and other related matters are likely to feature!