New Features Added to Google Wave: More useful for e-Learning

Google’s newest features for Wave:

  1. Read-only [or full access] capabilities
  2. Restore from Playback [to correct mistakes]
  3. Undo/Redo
  4. Reply-only (coming soon!)

There are several uses for these features in e-Learning, whether during development or during delivery of instruction.  Read-only would be important as-is to a designer conducting a need assessment or a focus group, or simply managing a group of subject-matter experts. It would also be useful to project managers who have set up a wiki or other control documents in a wave.  In addition, the Wave team at Google reports that it is planning to introduce a third access setting called “Reply-only” that would let users add new blips (individual messages), but prevent them from editing blips they did not create. The team is also re-designing the interface to let the wave creator change permissions for several participants more easily. When available, these will be very important to managing synchronous events in a wave.  The combination of read-only and restore is most useful at this point for keeping a discussion on-track. The wave creator can change permissions for participants as needed, and then restore the wave to a point before the drift off-topic began.

Read more via New Features Added to Google Wave: More useful for e-Learning by Bill Brandon : Learning Solutions Magazine.

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