Above and beyond simply visiting the site in your browser to check for updates, there are a number of different avenues for you (as student, visitor, NSA, whatever) to keep tabs on the Devenney Teaching Hub’s steady stream of content. Some methods represent a straightforward capture of all the site’s content, while others allow you to refine more precisely the info you want to capture. As your mileage might vary when it comes to what you want, this post is a handy guide to the various ways to follow this website. Huzzah.
RSS FEED: For those who like to use RSS (aka Really Simple Syndication), either in Firefox’s handy Live Bookmarks feature or some other aggregator like Google Reader or NewzCrawler, you can follow the Hub’s RSS Feed. To do this, either click on the button at the top of the sidebar marked “RSS Feed” or you can simply click here. This will capture any posts made to the main page blog (like this one, naturally).
Twitter: If you happen to be a user of Twitter (and why aren’t you exactly?), you can find the Hub’s Twitter feed here: “@devteachinghub” (and if interested, you can also follow my own personal Twitter feed here: “@adevenney“). Every new post made, as well as any new pages made it seems, has a corresponding tweet on that feed. I also plan, once the semester get’s up and running, to post quick links to items or information I might find interesting and want you to know about (in lieu of a full-on blog post), so there will be more than just auto-generated posting tweets. Twitter also represents a rather efficient way to get in touch with me if you have questions; I’m more apt to answer that quickly than any other method of communication.
Subscriptions: While the previous two methods are fairly catch-all, meaning you get a notice for pretty much anything I post, registering as a user of the website and subscribing to it gives you the ability to be more selective. This is because you can choose to subscribe to particular categories of post. For instance, if you are a student in one of my HST 102 courses, you could choose to subscribe only to posts in that category and in the Uncategorized one. When I put up a post for HST 102 or Uncategorized, you’ll receive an email notice; if I post for another category, you won’t receive anything…unless you subscribe to that category of post. Pretty simple really. So how do you do this?
First, you need to register for the website. You can do this by simply clicking on the “Log In” link under META in the sidebar, then clicking on “Register,” and following the prompts. Or you can click the following link as well:
Once you submit your username and email (please use your university email), you will receive a temporary password in your email allowing you to log in, fiddle around with your profile (please put your full name in; we don’t do anonymity here), subscribe to blog posts by category, and so on. If you have problems with this, please drop me a line; it’s usually pretty easy to fix problems. If nothing else, I can simply delete your bad registration, and let you try again.
So, good luck, and looking forward to hearing from you.
07/26/10 Update: There have been some issues noted with subscribers not receiving emails when I make new posts to the site. While I believe I have ironed out the main issues when it comes to my end, please keep in mind that email notifications of this sort are very much in the line of fire for your spam filters. If you aren’t receiving updates as a subscriber, please first check your spam folder/cache/quarantine/whatever to see if the messages are being dumped there before you drop me a message. Nine times out of ten, they’ll be there.
01/02/11 Update: Since there has been a spate of spam subscribers lately, I would like to remind all of my students who register to use only their university email and put their full name in their profile. This helps me keep track of student subscribers and makes it easier for me to identify and cull out the moronic spammers. Thanks.