I participated in Nancy White's online facilitation workshop last fall where one of the participants was the thoughtful Nick Noakes who is the Associate Director for the Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching at a university in Hong Kong.
In reading Marshall's excellent reflection about teaching RSS techniques, I came across a comment from Nick pointing to some curriculum he is developing and teaching to faculty on using RSS for their research work. The goal he writes is: "to help them become familiar, and hopefully, proficient with this as users first." He talks about the difficulty in removing the "geekiness."
I think he succeeded. So here's his "Bringing relevant information to your electronic desktop." Here's the PDF of the slides.