The article entails a complete comprehension of what Google Wave actually is and how it works. The document also houses the arguments of the effects it would have had on online learning and education and the final showdown of Google Wave.
What is Google Wave?
The apparent discussion in the field seems meaningless if one does not acknowledge the true nature of what Google wave actually is. Google Wave is a new Internet Based Communication platform that has been launched by Google. The product has been written in Java and uses the Google Web Toolkit. Google Wave worked on the previous formats of messaging like emails; however, there are a few changes. The documents addressed as waves are shared with the help of collaborators which can be removed or added at any point during the existence of a wave. Hence the documents send don’t require entire threads of previous messages.
Waves, which were promulgated by Google as “equal parts conversation and document”, where XML documents that allow for changes to me made simultaneously to the message incased in a wave, participants can change add or remove any part of the message as per his desires. The changes are stored in the form of history and readers can view as to who made, what change in what time. All changes and replies are stored and send to the recipient; hence the waves not only act as a source of threaded conversation but also as an instant messaging service.
Google Wave and online Education:
Before The Launch Google Wave was being foreseen as the future of online learning and education and the idea of online collaborators has many educationists existed of the possibility of using this as the medium of education in the future. The possibilities were indeed there, people from anywhere in the world would have been able to format or use the content that was posted as waves. The delivery methods would have improved and if it really had gone down well the online education system would have seem growth multiplying many a times. The students would have benefited by the use of having Institute-created application which would have been totally cost free.
This was all about, what Google wave actually was, at the time of launch and the time preceding it there was an argument as to if Google Wave will be the future of online learning and education? The answer is now evident. The fact that all the arguments aside Google Wave did not full fill the aspiration of its developers and was not adopted by people at Google would have liked. Keeping his in mind Google has stopped all development work on the project and doesn’t feel like launching Google Wave as a standalone product. The Senior Vice President Urs Holzle said in a blog. ” Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked,”. “We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site, at least through the end of the year, and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.” With the failure of Google Wave, the online education has witnessed a setback but this is not the end the future exploration in this field will surely lead to a better set of education oriented software and applications being introduced into the system.