The Remote News Feed (or Remote RSS Feed) block allows RSS feeds from external websites such as UCSF Educational Technology Services’ Class Capture to be displayed within a CLE course. For example, as lectures are recorded by Class Capture, the Remote News Feed block updates automatically to display the latest lectures.
This document explains how to setup the Remote News Feed block to display Class Capture content (audio or video) in a CLE course.
Add the Remote RSS feed block to a CLE course
The Remote News Feed block must be added to a CLE course before you can configure the block to display Class Capture or other RSS feeds. Only the Manager, Instructor, and Content Assistant roles can add the Remote News Feed block to a CLE course.
- Navigate to the CLE course where you would like to add the Remote News Feed block
- Navigate to the gear icon at the top-right and click Turn editing on
- Navigate to the menu on the left side of the screen and click Add a Block
- From the list choose Remote RSS Feed
- After a moment, the window will refresh, and the Remote RSS Feed block appears on the right side of the course page. To move the block to a new location, use the move icon located in the top-right portion of the block (with editing turned on). Moving this block will affect all visitors in your course.
- After the Remote News Feed block has been added to the CLE course, continue to the Setup Class Capture tab above for detailed instructions on configuring the Remote News Feed block
Remove the Remote RSS feed block from a CLE course
To remove a Remote News Feed block from a CLE course, follow the instructions below:
Determine How to Share Recorded Class Capture
Recorded Class Capture lectures can be shared in three different ways:
- Share a direct link to the Course Catalog page. Simply share the link that Educational Technology Services (ETS) provided to you with your audience.
- Share a link to a single session. You can copy a link to a single session and share that with your audience.
- Share a syndicated feed of your Class Capture content in a Remote News Feed block. You can copy an RSS feed link for your Catalog, and use that to display a dynamic list of past, live, and future lectures on your course page.
Option 3, sharing a feed in a Remote News Feed block, is most common because it only needs to be set up once per course. After that, new Class Capture recordings will appear automatically for students.
Locate Class Capture RSS feed
When you complete your request with ETS to use the Class Capture system, they will email you with a link and information about sharing the live and recorded sessions. If you did not receive this information, please contact ETS.
Class Capture lectures are available in audio or video format. The instructions below provides steps for setting up Class Capture video content in the Remote News Feed block. Please follow the same instructions for setting up a separate Remote News Feed block for audio (mp3) versions of the lectures using the unique audio catalog page.
- Locate and open the Class Capture catalog page using the URL that was emailed to you from ETS
- You should see the RSS link in the top-right corner
- Right-click on the RSS link and select Copy Link Location from the pop-up menu. Note: Some browsers will use different phrasing in their pop-up menu, but they all provide a mechanism for copying the link address. This screenshot shows Firefox’s context menu. Internet Explorer uses the phrase “Copy Shortcut.” Safari uses the phrase “Copy Link.” Chrome uses the phrase “Copy Link Address.”
Setup Class Capture to Remote RSS Feed block
After adding the Remote News Feed block to a course and locating your Class Capture RSS feed, you are ready to configure the block to display Class Capture recordings. Follow the instructions below to add the Class Capture RSS feed to the Remote News Feed block:
- Turn editing on in the CLE course where the Remote News Feed block has been added
- In the Remote News Feed block, click the gear icon and select Configure Remote News Feed block
- The “Configuring a Remote News Feed block” page will appear. Click the Add/edit feeds link to setup the Class Capture RSS feed
- Click the Add a new feed button
- Paste the Class Capture RSS feed that you copied earlier into the “Feed URL” field
- Enter a Custom title to override the default title from Class Capture. The title will be supplied by the feed and can be edited later. For this example, we will enter Nursing Spring Lectures as a custom title for the feed
- Please DO NOT change the “Shared feed” option to Yes. Doing so will cause your Class Catalog RSS feed to appear as an option to display in everyone’s Remote News Feed block
- Click the Add button when complete.
Configure the Remote RSS Feed
Once the Class Capture feed has been added, return to the front page of the CLE course to finish configuring the Remote News Feed block.
- In the Remote News Feed block, click the gear icon and select Configure Remote RSS Feed block (with editing turned on in the course). This will take you to the “Configuring a Remote News Feed block” page.
- Choose to display the each link’s description in the block. This includes any descriptive information provided by the Class Capture system.
- Select the max number of entries (or lecture recordings) to show per block
- Choose the feed to display in the block. For this example, choose the feed created above, titled Nursing Spring Lectures
- Enter a custom title for the block. For this example, we will again use NURSING Spring Lectures
- Choose to display the link to the original website (if you would like students to be able to add the RSS feed to a podcatcher on a mobile device, choose Yes).
- Choose to Show the channel image in the block if one is available.
- Configure where and how the block displays on the course page.
- Click the Save changes button.
The Remote news feed block is now set up in your course. New lectures that are recorded using Class Capture will automatically appear in the block 30-60 minutes after the lecture has ended and students can click the links to view individual lectures.
Want to use Class Capture for your UCSF class? Contact Educational Technology Services.