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How to embed an RSS feed in a 'Remote RSS feeds' Block

screenshot of an RSS feed in LEO RSS stands for 'Rich Site Summary' or 'Really Simple Syndication'. An RSS feed is a way of accessing a live stream of content curated from a variety of online sources. The 'Remote RSS feeds' block in LEO allows you to curate a stream of content, from different sources, which will be made available to your students in the form of headlines.  Clicking on the headlines will open the full story in another window. Click on 'Useful tips' below to see a list of suggested RSS feeds you can use to get started.

An RSS feed, embedded within a 'HTML' Block, can add a dynamic element to your LEO unit. Everytime your students login to your LEO unit, they will be able to view and engage with constantly updated content.

To add an RSS feed to a 'Remote RSS feeds' block in your LEO unit you need to:

Step 1: Locate the RSS Feed (or feeds) you would like to embed in your LEO unit

  1. We have given you some suggestions under 'Useful tips' below, but many other news sites and blogs have an RSS feed available for you to access. Google "[your topic] + RSS" to find your own.  For this example we are going to use one of the RSS feeds available in the Australian Catholic University Newsroom, the 'News and Events' feed. You need to get the RSS 'url' or web address. Sometimes you can find on the webpage itself, and sometimes you can grab it from the top of your web browser.

Step 2: Adding a 'Remote RSS feeds' Block to your LEO unit

Step 3: Configure the settings for your 'Remote RSS feeds' block

  1. After you have added a 'Remote RSS feeds' Block to your LEO unit, you will need to add your RSS feeds to it. Locate your newly added 'Remote RSS feeds' block, and click on the pencil icon, then click on 'Configure Remote news feed block'.
  2. Click on 'Add/edit feeds' and then click on the blue 'Add a new feed' button.
  3. Paste the RSS feed URL from Step 1 (above) into the 'Feed URL' field. Enter a title for your RSS feed as well if you would like to, but this is optional.
  4. Click on 'Add a new feed'. If you navigate back to the main page of your LEO unit, your RSS feed will now be displayed in a block on the main page of your LEO unit.

On the 'Configuring a Remote news feed block' page you can edit the following additional settings for your 'Remote RSS feeds' Block:

Display each link's decription

Selecting 'Yes' will include a brief description of each article. Selecting 'No' means only the headline will be displayed.

Max number entries to show per block

The number you put here will determine how many articles will be displayed. The most recent articles will be displayed at the top of the feed.

Choose the feeds which you would like to make available in this block:

There are a number of RSS feeds which have been made available to you for preselection. You can select a feed by clicking on it. You can select more than one feed by holding down the 'control' button while you click on them.

You can also add aa new feed, or edit and delete your existing feeds, by clicking on 'Add/edit feeds'.

You can give your 'RSS Remote feeds' Block a name or title. If you leave it blank it will be prefilled with the name of your first RSS feed, which can be confusing if you have more than one RSS feed available in the same Block.

Should a link to the original site (channel link) be displayed? (Note that if no feed link is supplied in the news feed then no link will be shows)

Each article headline will link to the full article by default, but you can also display a link to the original site where available.

Show channel images if available:

Some feeds make a default image available as a part of the RSS feed. Selecting 'Yes' for this option will display the default image.