Sunday, May 27, 2012

RSS Plus - a new RSS Kid On The Block for Moodle 2.x

I. What RSS is
Do you use a Real Simple Syndication (RSS) block on your Moodle site?  RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it (from

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The standard Moodle RSS block for Moodle 1.9 and Moodle 2.x was written by Daryl Hawes, with CSS code by  Martin Dougiamas.

Figure 1. The standard Moodle 1.9 RSS block
The RSS block does a pretty good job in generating dynamic course content, such as news headline links, professor web links, blog postings, and much more. At least one Moodler has modified the standard RSS block as did Mr. Badrul Mohammad's work of displaying a link's description in tooltips.

Figure 2. The standard Moodle 1.9 RSS block with a tooltip hack

Yet another good RSS block, for Moodle 1.9 however, is the Newsfeed block by Sam Marshall.

II. New Kid On The Block
As of 2nd April 2012, there is a new RSS block, for Moodle 2.x, named the  "RSS Plus Block for Moodle 2.2 - Alpha Release".

Figure 3. Both the standard Moodle 2.x RSS and the RSS Plus blocks side-by-side

For more information read here on!

Frankie Kam

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