RSS Feeds

How do I subscribe to a news feeds?

Step one is to download a news reader. (What is a news reader?) Point your news reader to the addresses below for each feed you want to subscribe to. You may also copy and paste the".xml" link into your newsreaders subscribe area.

DDEC - News Blog

OJDLA - Journals And News

More about RSS

This FAQ will show you how, and will answer some of the common questions about RSS and News feeds.

  1. What is a news feed?
  2. How do I subscribe to an DDEC news feeds?
  3. Where can I find a list of all DDEC feeds?
  4. What is a news reader?
  5. Should I use a news reader?
  6. What is RSS?
  7. What is syndication?
  8. How do place a RSS feed into my CourseDen Course?

What is a news feed?

A news feed (also known as an RSS feed) is a listing of a website's content. It is updated whenever new content is published to the site. News readers "subscribe" to news feeds, which means they download lists of stories at an interval that you specify (every 30 minutes, for example), and present them to you in your news reader. A news feed might contain a list of story headlines, a list of excerpts from the stories, or a list containing each story from the website (DDEC news feeds contain Educational articles and news excerpts). All news feeds will have a link back to the website, so if you see a headline / excerpt / story you like, you can click on the link for that piece of content and will be taken to the website to read it.


What is a news reader?

A news reader (also known as a news aggregator) allows you to view the articles, headlines and information coming from the feed you subscribed to. It is to news feeds what Outlook, Thunderbird and Netscape Mail are to email.


Should I use a news reader?

The short answer: it depends. The longer answer: if you visit a lot of websites on daily basis, or read a lot of weblogs (or "blogs"), a news reader can save you a lot of time. Sites like , Salon , and the New York Times all have syndicated feeds.

Using a news reader to consume your web media means that you only need to visit a website when you read a story in your news reader that is of interest to you. You won't have to visit many sites multiple times every day to see if there are updates; your news reader will do that for you and will let you know when there is a new story to be read!

Some commonly used news readers are

, Sharp Reader , NewsGator (an Outlook plugin) for Windows and Feed Demon .Yahoo and Google also offer web based readers


What is RSS?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" or "Rich Site Summary". A RSS feed (also known as a news feed ) is a site's syndicated news feed that you subscribe to using your news reader.


What is syndication?

Syndication refers to the process that occurs when a publisher provides content in a form that can be consumed by software (like a news reader).

DDEC (the publisher) publishes a story about an Author, an Event or relevent information (the content). Your news reader (the software) sees that DDEC has published a new story, and alerts you a new story has been arrived.