For print and broadcast media, syndication is the process by which content from a single source is distributed in multiple other venues. Web syndication applies the principles of discovery and distribution to the online environment, offering content producers and readers a flexible, powerful, and largely automated means of accessing and distributing content. Web syndication allows students to become producers of knowledge as well as consumers of information, and it may also encourage them to think more creatively and develop complex analytical skills. Information coming from a wide variety of sources may broaden student learning horizons as it inspires discovery, curation, and sharing.
The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.
In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.