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Two Rivers Mix: RSS and e-Portfolios

I do not want to go out on a limb, but I think we have done something for the first time- a combination of two technologiies I have had my paws in this year, electronic portfolios and RSS.

It reminds me of a trip to the Lee’s Ferry crossing of the Grand Canyon, when the muddy waters of the Paria River mixed turbulently with the green flow of the main Colorado River (see 2 rivers mixing).

Please do not give me an credit, this is all the creative programming of Audree Thurman, who was developed the Chandler-Gilbert MyEport tool that she has also installed on our server as the Maricopa eP. She had already combined two other streams of technology into this system, an electronic portfolio with a weblog capability. But now another tributary joins the mix.

See the details in Aud’s own eP weblog.

This syndication publishes updates from two different areas of an e-portfolio, from the weblog entries (that makes sense), but also updates any document or link added to what is called a “collection” page (a group of linked media, web sites, and descriptions). But what is really cool is that there are two views of any RSS feed- one is regular old, easily read in any capable RSS reader, RSS 2.0, but there is also a web page view of the same content.

So for example, here is the RSS feed for all recent updates on the Maricopa eP site:

and the same feed as a web page view:

But you can also publish feeds for individual portfolios, such as my skimpy eport, RSS view:

or web view:

And for a different view, see that scoundrel Biff Cantrell’s feeds, RSS view:

or web view:

And there are more options to limit the number of entries, and to see a feed of a collection of ePortfolios associated as a “group” on the site (sorry, no examples yet).

This is just out of the chute, and there are soem more features coming iin the next few weeks. But consider what a tool RSS can provide to teachers, advisors, etc to be able to use a RSS reader to check on the status of a group of students’ portfolios.

The rivers are coming together, full speed!

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. RSS and e-Portfolios are a powerful duo… You can see a briefing of our approach using weblogs in education at Since august 2003, more than 3000 entries were posted by our 42 students in their private and public spaces. You can go on their class weblog @ and/or here ( to see brief reports of our young bloggers about a recent conference where I presented an update of our experiment ( For us, RSS and e-portfolios was a great thrill to work with !

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