RSS Feeds

RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content directly to your mailbox. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed, allowing users to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from them.

You can subscribe to an RSS feed in Zimbra Web. First, you need to know the URL for the Feed. Below is an example of setting up an RSS feed for the Wall Street Journal in Zimbra Web.

1. Go to the WSJ RSS site
2. Select the feed you need.  In this case, I have selected US.News.
3. Copy the link: http://online.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_8068.xml
4. Login to Zimbra webmail
5. Above  the Folders heading in the Navigation pane, click New Folder.
6. In the Name field, type the name of the RSS feed folder
7. Check Subscribe to RSS/ATOM feed.
8. From the folder menu select where to add the RSS feed folder. Choosing the root folder creates a folder that displays at the highest level in your folder view that is the same level as your Inbox folder.
9. In the URL field, enter the URL for the feed.
10. Click OK.

The RSS feed icon displays as a folder in your Navigation pane. Open the RSS folder to access the links. To update the content, open the RSS folder and click Load Feed on the menu bar.

Free File Conversion Site

Not sure what to do when you receive an attachment in a file format that you can’t open (*.wps , *.pub) ? Or do you need to convert an existing file to a new format ( a *.doc file to a *.pdf)? Try Zamzar, a free, online file conversion service.  This site allows you to convert a wide variety of file formats to your desired format.   Formats span those for text, images, music, videos and e-books. Once you upload the file and choose your conversion, the site will email the  new file to you.

Teaching Online – Best Practices

Starting January, 2011, HSB will launch its first complete online MBA program. To prepare for this undertaking, a teaching forum focusing on online instruction, was held on November 11.   The forum included demonstrations by Drs. Ira Yermish, Karen Hogan and David Lees on the tools and best practices for teaching online.  A rich  Q&A discussion followed.    Also supporting this endeavor is a Blackboard site created for HSB On-Line Course Best Practices.  This site houses  sample syllabi, course content, discussions, instructional videos and other best practices appropriate for online instruction. A link to a video of the November 11 Best Practices session  is also there. Please contact Ira Yermish at iyermish@sju.edu if you would like to be enrolled in this course site.

A series of monthly faculty development sessions focused on online instruction best practices is being planned for the Spring semester – stay tuned!