Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

August 13: Computing, Physics, Digital Library Design

Essays, Stories & Reports:

  • What works: A PKAL article
    CITIDEL: The Computing Component of the NSDL
    - Lillian N. Cassel, Villanova University and NSDL Policy Committee
    A report on the organizations and efforts involved in building the community and curriculum to teach computing. The CITIDEL project provides access to more than half a million distinct resources and seeks to complement other forms of cooperation and sharing among computing educators.

  • What works: A PKAL article
    ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
    - Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma and American Association of Physics Teachers
    A report describing the use of a central, standards-based database to serve a diverse set of community collections in Physics and Astronomy providing links between simulations, student activities, labs, lesson plans, and research.

  • What works: A PKAL article
    JiTTDL - A virtual meeting place for practitioners of Just-in-Time Teaching
    - Gregor Novak, Distinguished Visiting Professor, United States Air Force Academy
    Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) is a pedagogical strategy designed to blend web technology with active learning in traditional classroom settings. This article describes this digital library as a depository of user contributed pedagogical material and as a virtual discussion forum.

  • What works: An essay
    Zen and the Art of Digital Libraries
    - Rachael Bower, Co-director of the Internet Scout Project
    An essay presenting her perspective on "keeping a collective beginner's mind" as technology and possibilities emerge. The essay describes the state of mind needed to evolve the three NSDL Scout Reports and the CWIS (pronounced see-wis) software to assemble, organize, and share collections of data about resources.