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I’m curious if you use Inoreader’s OPML subscription functionality at all? It’s kind of like Twitter lists in a sense, but a lot more open and distributed.

Much like your version piped into an LMS, it could be used used to create a planet of all of the participants in a course, but set up in such a way that only one person needs to create and maintain an OPML file that everyone else can use instead of needing to manually find and subscribe to a bunch of feeds or worry about missing out on that one feed of the student who joined the course two weeks late.

As an example, here’s an OPML file on my own website (through my following page) of all the educators I’m following who are tangentially involved in the IndieWeb movement. If you subscribe to the OPML file in Inoreader, when I update it with additional feeds, you get all the changes synced automatically.

I’d be interested to see exactly how you’re using Inoreader–particularly the off-label methods. Have you written up any of the details anywhere? It looks like you’re using tags in Inoreader and piping those details back to the LMS so that you can filter portions of the class content?

I recently documented some of my personal use here: Using Inoreader as an IndieWeb feed reader. A big portion of it is about being able to use Inoreader to interact within its interface, but also have those interactions reflected on my own website (aka digital commonplace book) which sends notifications to the original content on the web instead of just leaving it siloed within Inoreader.

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  1. yes! I used that for a Rhizo event a few years ago. for my purposes, the HTML clippings for folders/tags are what work best, but the dynamic OPML is really cool also! I am huge fan of Inoreader; my students choose whatever blog platform they want, and I pull all the RSS together

  2. Greg McVerry and I did a course last summer that leveraged Webmention so that students could own and control their own identities and data. 

    From a broader perspective, the Domain of One’s Own and the IndieWeb movements are set up to help empower not just students and teachers, but all people to be able to own their domains, own their data, and better interact and communicate online. 

    There’s and upcoming Domains conference in early June in Durham, NC and the big IndieWeb Summit is in Portland in late June.

    Tantek Celik does a good job encapsulating some of the history and problems in his talk “Why We Need the IndieWeb” at the Personal Democracy Forum. (Note this was in 2014 and things have generally gotten worse  for social media; simultaneously the indie web has gotten much stronger and bigger.)

    You’ll probably have noticed by now that I own my own data and online identity. Everything I post online originates from a site I own and control and then gets syndicated out to others.

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  3. Another example @bob_calder may appreciate: He’s generally interacted with me via Google+ which is shutting down, but I’ve kept a copy of everything I’ve posted there (and his and others’ replies and reactions) on my own site.
    https://boffosocko.com/2016/04/24/some-light-poolside-reading/#comment-30353

    Incidentally one of his “likes” from Google+ was one of the first 200 comments/reactions on my website back in 2014.

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