Posts Tagged ‘rss’

Solved: Moodle RSS feed not updating

  1. Here is what I see in my Moodle course: image (in IE9, also tested in Chrome).
  2. Here is how Moodle’s RSS feed is configured: image
  3. If I click on this link, this is the current feed status in IE feed display: image
  4. The last displayed article is not even visible on this page anymore – I “lost” 50 posts, and more in Moodle – what am I missing ?
  5. Doh. I and the (I find: clumsy) way RSS-feeds have to be configured in Moodle meet again: You RSS feed list may be correct, but then you also need to select the right feed to display. image
Categories: e-learning, Glitches&Errors, lms Tags: ,

Scraping RSS of online actualités for language learning materials production

  1. The capability of RSS-news feed integration of foreign language news may be standard now in most LMS, but was not in 2002 (not even having an LMS was standard, I had to build my own while it took the university a few more years to adopt Blackboard as I had recommended in 2000): cc-calico-news-glossing.2
  2. But RSS-feed display is skin-deep and, even in extensive-reading pedagogies, not sufficient for integration into teaching and learning which requires more post-processing.
  3. At a recent Digital Humanities Unconference, I was asked how I had “scraped” (RSS-scraping was chosen since it easier than screen scraping,  for RSS is devoid of most markup, as long as it validates) into a SQL-server database. Here are some code-snippets to get you
    1. from the web
    2. into the database: sql-portal-csvs-codecc-ms-sql-server2cc-ms-sql-server3
    3. The scraped plain text in the database can form the foundation for post-processing for SLA-purposes, see e.g.  glossing for reading comprehension facilitation or question generation with the trpQuizConverter for

LRC training animated-gifs

  1. This link gives you a nice overview list of the LRC animated gif’s for training.
    1. Chrome users need to install this first,  still can view get only a subset.
    2. Neither Chrome nor  Firefox offer a search-within like Internet Explorer.
  2. They are meant for display on the left lrc teacher station screen.
  3. whether you display them as student training material on the projector
  4. or display them as guidance for yourself
  5. Did you miss something?
    1. The animated gif’s cycle in an infinite loop. Just wait for the next round.
    2. If you want to restart the video now, press F5 or click the Refresh button image in your browser address bar.
    3. Or use one of the slower speed videos I made.
  6. I also made clickable versions that you can hand-browse (more control. More effort also).

How to stay up to date by receiving RSS like email newsletters in MS-Outlook– explained in a single screenshot

Copy the RSS feed URL for an interesting tag and paste it here:

Longer version? Result: image

Yes, Chrome, you too can display my RSS feeds nicely…

… if you install this extension made by Google themselves (who, I think,  should include this RSS feed display extension in the default Chrome distribution):



No comparison with Internet-Explorer’s feed display, but much legible than the XML code display Chrome defaults to:


Is there a better way to do complex and/or multi-category searches against a blog but to rely on MS-Internet Explorer feed display?

2012/04/20 2 comments
  1. I am looking for posts on my blog that fall under the categories “English” (ESL teaching) and (“listening” OR “speaking-4-skills” – never mind the “-4-skills”, another oddity – you can change the slug of posts, but can you change the slug of categories and tags also?).
  2. or shorter, opened with MS-Internet Explorer’s feed display allows me to access the result of the 2 AND searches with 2 additional clicks
  3. : wordpress-multi-category-search-and-or-needs-internet-explorer-feed-display
  4. OR search works:,speaking-4-skills
  5. AND search works, so I could provide 2 separate links:
  6. But I cannot find the syntax that would give me both AND and OR against categories, for the following return nothing (what is the operator precedence of “+” and “,”)
Categories: blog Tags: , , ,

How to stay up to date by receiving RSS like email newsletters in MS-Outlook

  1. Why subscribe?
    1. RSS is a great way to get your information both fast and filtered.
    2. For advanced filtering of RSS feeds, try Yahoo Pipes.
    3. However, WordPress makes this even easier by allowing for a wealth of atomic searching and filtering options. Choosing the right template (and content strategy), if you click on any of the linked items in either the category list or tag cloud on WordPress,
    4. wordpress-category-listwordpress-tag-cloud
    5. the resulting page will include an RSS link wordpress-rss-link, or simply add “/feed” to the URL of your category, tag or even search result page, to get a feed  that you can subscribe to.
  2. How to subscribe?
    1. MS-Outlookmakes subscribing to RSS more convenient since you do not need to go to a separate application like an RSS-Reader. Read your RSS with your email, think of the RSS feed as an email list, but personalized to your interests.
      1. You can subscribe to the “RSS feed” link like so: outlook how to subscribe to an rrs feed
      2. For historical reasons, I still use Google Reader, but I rely on Outlook’s advanced automated content download (including full text posts and multimedia attachments) and well-understood archiving, search and export features to not miss podcasts which I want to collect for potential use as teaching content: rss-outlook-feed When Outlook fails, as with some RSS formats, you can still try and resort to the Internet Explorer Feed store: rss-internet-explorer-feed
    2. If you use OWA: you can read feeds, but not add them through the OWA interface. If you are staff, you can still add them in Outlook first. If you are a student and restricted to NINERMAIL, you need to use a different feed reader. I recommend the free web-based Google Reader.