Course Setup Adding RSS Feeds
Moodle supports outgoing (out of Moodle) RSS feeds. This option needs to be enabled by the
Moodle administrator. Once enabled, RSS is available in the Forum and Glossary modules.
What is RSS
RSS is a technology where visitors to your site can choose to have the site send new postings
to an RSS reader. RSS allows a user to build a custom news service. When users subscribe
to your RSS enabled page, they will get new postings from Forums and/or new entries in
Glossaries, without having to visit your Moodle. Moodle has an RSS aggregator (collector) for
The end user does need a way to display the news feed. Windows and Macintosh RSS news
readers can be found at:
http://www.bloglines.com/ (web based)
http://www.fastbuzz.com/main.jsp (web based)
or you can put RSS into a search engine to find more.
Why use RSS? If you normally try to keep updated on what is happening on say 10 or 15
different websites, RSS can help. If all these web pages are RSS enabled, then you can put all
15 RSS feeds into your RSS news reader, and see all the new things going on in one place.
RSS in Forums
When RSS is enabled, two new properties
in Forum setup appear (Fig. 45).
RSS feed for this activity: This turns
RSS on or off for this forum. When
set to None, RSS is disabled.
When set to Discussions, the RSS
feed will send out new discussions to subscribers. When set to Posts, the RSS feed will
send out any new posts to subscribers.
Number of RSS recent articles: This number sets the number of articles that go out via
RSS. If this number is set to 5, then the 5 most recent articles will be sent to subscribers.
As new posts (or discussions) get added, the oldest post/discussion gets replaced on the
RSS feed. If your forum gets a lot of posts every day, you will want to set this number
When you enable RSS in your Forum, your users will see an orange RSS button on the main
page of the forum (in the upper right hand side), as shown in Fig. 46. If you click on the RSS
button you will get taken to a page that looks something like Fig. 47.
The stuff on the page is not important to you or your users (but Moodle needs it!). For the
purposes of RSS feeds, you (or the user) would copy the URL (the web address) from the top
of the browser, and paste this address into an RSS news reader. Now you (or your students)
can get the latest posts or discussions along with all the other RSS (news) feeds that you are