If you embrace new technologies, then you’ve most likely heard of GoogleWave, the new communication tool that Google unveiled late 2009. But I have to admit I’ve had a hard time understanding how this tool can best be incorporated into the academic setting. There is help! The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the tool has already been used to bring multiple classes together.
“Think of it like bringing in a guest speaker. But with Wave, which is like e-mail but live and jazzed up with multimedia features, you can build online communities that link entire classrooms for a week or two. And you can do it without the administrative headaches of booking rooms or adjusting class schedules.”
Imagine the cross-disciplinary possibilities: conversations can be held between different classes, across disciplines and even internationally, without all the hassle of trying to get permissions set up via the existing course management system existing on campus. In fact, according to the article, this may be a “course management system killer”. Fascinating.
Full article on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus