NSDL: Retrospective Essays > Goals and Agenda

Pathways to Progress Revisited Schedule

April 23-25, 2012

All sessions will be held in the Alumni Guest House, Carleton College

Workshop Goals

  1. To create a retrospective analysis of where the NSDL community started with its 2000 vision as laid out in Pathways to Progress, answering questions such as:
    • How has the original vision for the NSDL been realized?
    • How has it developed over time?
    • What new knowledge has been generated as a result of the project?
    • In what areas has the NSDL succeeded? What are its future challenges?
    • How does the NSDL relate to future cyberlearning programs?
  2. To disseminate the findings and analysis of this unique social and technological experiment that reflects a forward-looking way both in terms of the means of scholarly collaboration and communication via this open access model.

Workshop Agenda

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Sunday, April 22: Travel Day
(shuttles from the airport will be arranged for you once we have your travel information)

6:30 Dinner for those who are in town
  • Meet in hotel lobby and we'll walk to: The Contented Cow. The Contented Cow is a friendly pub with outside seating (wonderful in good weather). The food is basic pub food - good selection of beverages, alcoholic and other.

Pre workshop reading and writing

Monday, April 23

The Alumni Guest House (AGH) will be the venue for the workshop. It is noted on your campus map.

7:00 - 8:00 Complimentary Breakfast at the hotel (Check with Flora if you'd like a lift up to the meeting place - if raining, we'll have transportation.)

8:30 - 9:00 Welcome and Introduction (Alumni Guest House - AGH)

  • Goals, expectations, outcomes
9:00 - 10:30 Group Discussion followed by a short break

  • Group 1 Frank Wattenburg, Jack Hehn, Mimi Recker, Bruce Mason, Mick Khoo Cathy Manduca
  • Group 2 Len Simutis, Lois McLean, David Yaron, Karon Kelly, Robbie Robson, Sarah Holsted
  • Group 3 Dave Fulker, Boots Cassel, Kim Lightle, Sam Donnovan, Anne Diekema, David Mogk
  • Group 4 Dave McArthur, Dean Krafft, Tom Carey, Marcia Mardis, Kaye Howe, Flora McMartin
  • Roundtables followed by round robin
  • Generate bulleted list of key points

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:15 Outline report and create writing groups

11:15- 12:15 Consider charge and generate questions for whole group

12:15 -1:30 Lunch (AGH)

1:30 - 2:30 Whole group to resolve questions about key points

2:30 - 2:45 Break

2:45 - 5:00 Write

  • Write pages
  • Cross-talk between colleagues with similar interests
  • Editing and reviewing

Roadcheck to collect issues/challenges (please complete this by 9pm to allow time to compile your responses)

6:30 Dinner & Dessert (AGH)

Optional evening group meetings and telling stories (multimedia for the website)


  1. Write your draft
  2. Complete the roadcheck
  3. Read and make comments on other groups' pages (add to the discussion thread at the bottom of each group's page)

Tuesday, April 24

7:00 - 8:00 Complimentary Breakfast at the hotel

8:30 - 9:00 Charge for the Day, Review of Objectives for the Day

9:00 - 10:00 Discussion of where we are and next steps

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 12:00 Finish individual sections

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (Burton Dining Hall)

Switch to refining whole document

1:30 - 2:30 Discuss open questions, review whole document, create a finish plan

2:30 - 2:45 Break

2:45 - 5:00 Work

7:00 - Dinner (Chapati's)

Evening: Telling more stories -- multimedia for the website

  • Overall conclusion text into the discussion thread on the conclusions page
  • Work on chapter/sections to introduce heading and align with conclusions
  • Create an executive summary from the section conclusions

Wednesday, April 25

  • Conclusions written
  • coherence across document, duplication, length
  • introduce headings within each section
  • look first at conclusions -- are those the critical points that must be drawn from text and supported from text.
  • make executive summary from conclusions.

7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast

7 :45 - 8:15 - load vans with your luggage for delivery to AGH. Watch for luggage arrival and take into meeting room until time to leave.

8:30 - 8:45 Charge for the Day, Review of Objectives for the Day


  • New people will edit the chapters and sections
    • Technology - Sarah and Dave Fulker
    • Community - Karon and Len
    • Organization - Marcia and Frank
    • Education - Anne and David McArthur
  • Finish the conclusions - This group will start with these assignments and then work collectively to finish a conclusion draft (a round robin might be good)
    • Structure of large projects - message to policy makers and funders. - Robby and Jack
    • Without an agreed upon goal it is difficult to move in a coherent fashion. There were two fundamentally different views of where we were going. Evaluation - Boots and David Yaron
    • Leadership and communication - Mick and Dean
  • Overall structure of report: needed bridges, duplication, movement of points between sections, missing pieces - Kim, Sam and Lois

10:30-11:30 Review and revise conclusions
  • Review whole document and create plan for finishing/final clean up tasks
  • Create "to-do" list, next steps
  • Workshop Assessment
11:30 on - Final clean up tasks and workshop evaluation

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch (box lunch - ready for travel)

    Shuttles to the airport (departing from the AGH)