curiouslee via FlickrI found this amusing: Google Uses Educause Meeting as Focus Group for Wave. Here's the big moment:
At one point, a college leader asked the panel from Google if Wave would be compatible with IMS Global standards, which helps education software from various vendors work together.Let me rephrase the question:
Allow me to take a stab at answering this question around IMS Global standards. Please dear God no! I'm sure if you wanted to write a gadget to collect all of the required metadata to turn Wave into a last decade Learning Management System that you could. It would keep many IT people employed for decades to come. It will have as massive of impact on learning as IMS has had in the past 14 years, which of course is none.Is this going to eliminate my job bottling knowledge? Will faculty be able to engage students in learning without using our million dollar Learning Management System? Are we going to need some policies that will keep faculty from using this? Just saying, cause this would be really bad for our budget and my job security.
The person asking the question was a very astute observer. They cut straight to the chase. They could see the threat of Google Wave and thought, "We better get this under control before it eliminates our reason for existance." We can only hope.
All this money being spent on these silly control-freak standards could be much better spent cutting tuition costs. When was the last time you heard a university leader talk about cutting costs and making their institutions more affordable? There are plenty of places where costs could be cut. Learning Management Systems would be a good place to start.