What are Syndication Tools?

If the first revolution in electronic publishing was making publishing platforms accessible to anyone, the next phase is the linking of these platforms together to produce new combinations and new types of content via turn-key syndication tools. One such tool is Yahoo Pipes, and now more recently and prominently we are doing this with services like IFTTT (If This Then That). The power to syndicate content to multiple platforms easily is now within reach of those without significant programming experience.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Syndication can provide an excellent opportunity for students as creators of content and active participants in authentic online learning, bringing content together in creative ways from a wide array of resources. It will introduce students to very simple coding rules (ITTT), critical evaluation and web page maintenance, encouraging sharing, curation and discovery. - DaveP DaveP Oct 25, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Student creation and curation of content, useful employability skills. - DaveP DaveP Oct 25, 2015
  • Link to makerspaces - DaveP DaveP Oct 25, 2015
  • Obstacles to syndication continue to persist. - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015 It's been several years since Tumblr discontinued the ability to import RSS feeds from other sites. http://wiredpen.com/2011/06/21/tumblr-removes-rss-import-feature-becomes-far-less-useful/ Syndication promised the ability to integrate content from multiple sources. But this vision is not always embraced by those who build and maintain social media platforms. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 25, 2015
  • As powerful as syndication is in relation to content curation and connectivist learning, frankly it is not an easily grasped/sexy technology. "Subscribe" is understood relatively well in some contexts (e.g., iTunes, email lists, etc.), but the more sophisticated potentials of syndication require a level of process literacy that many do not possess. Perhaps this understanding of the mechanical underpinning of the web is something that we've lost amid the more user-friendly environments of today. Something to ponder. - kelvin kelvin Oct 25, 2015

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, research, or creative inquiry?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?