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Digital Learning Lab: Setting a live bookmark to keep up with your videos

August 7, 2009 by Chad Shorter

Live bookmarks let you skip a few steps when you want to access your Digital Learning Lab audio files.  Instead of navigating to the DLL page and selecting the media you want to play, you can access the media directly through your bookmarks.  The live bookmark will maintain an up-to-date list of all the media files posted on that page, which you can click on to play directly.  This is particularly beneficial if you're on a cell phone.

Setting a Firefox live bookmark:

  1. Go to the Digital Learning Lab site:  lss.wisc.edu/digital-learning-lab
  2. Click on the xml graphicimage for your course.
  3. Click on the "Subscribe Now" button at the top of the page.
  4. In the dialog box, you can name the bookmark and decide where to place it within your bookmarks.  Click Add.
  5. Your bookmark will now contain all of the media files for your course and it will update automatically (Firefox checks for updates every hour).
Often, one will choose to use an RSS reader for this kind of service.  If you do not use Firefox, or would prefer to access your media files outside of your browser, you may be interested in an RSS reader.  An RSS reader is a program that checks all the pages you're interested in regularly for updates so that you can survey and read all the new material in one place.  Google Reader is an example of an RSS reader.
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