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Add a News feed to your site

RSS feeds can assist instructors in presenting real-world content to students.

What Does It Do?

The News tool allows a professor, or site manager, to add dynamic content to the course.  This content could include news articles, blog entries, or other sources of information that a website offers through RSS feeds.

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication."  To find an RSS feed, look for the labels "RSS" or "Subscribe" on a website.  The RSS feed for a given page may be indicated by an orange button, similar to the following:

  • RSS Icon: new RSS radio waves icon

How You Can Use It

  • Bring up-to-the-minute news from national newspapers into your site.
  • Share links from social bookmarking services like Pinboard.
  • Link the content of relevant blogs to your site.


  1. Click the tab for your course or project site.
  2. Click "Site Info" in the left menu.
  3. Click "Manage Tools."
  4. Select "News" and click "Continue."
  5. Enter a Title for your news feed.
  6. Enter the web address of the feed. Here are some examples:
  7. If you want to add more news links, select the number of additional links from the "More News Tools?" drop-down menu.
  8. Click "Continue."
  9. Review the changes to your menu.  Click "Back" if you need to make corrections.
  10. Click "Finish" to add the news feed(s) to your left menu.


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