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post #91 of 97
Max,

post 79 is right on.
post #92 of 97
As you have noticed, the open instructional forums now number two. One for "requesting and providing teaching, mentoring, problem solving and discussions of instruction and personal experience" and the other for "debate and discussion of skiing and teaching techniques from the coaches viewpoint. This forum is intended for skiing junkies who can't get enough detail, and for coaches and advanced students seeking to improve their skiing through better and more detailed understanding of skiing and teaching techniques."

In other words, the former is for KISS discussions of skiing by those seeking pretty personally-directed discussions of skiing. The latter is for deep discussions and debates about different approaches to various coaching, teaching, and technique items, to whatever detail the participants like. It's the forum that needs the warning sign...

There is also a forum that we have created for use by ESA participants (both coaches and athletes). This forum will be closed for use only by those who attend an ESA, and will be available to them for the year of their ESA participation.

These are not necessarily the exhaustive list of all of these kinds of forums that will ever be done. I am personally looking into various alternatives that we might use here such as blogs and wikis, too. Lots of room for growth, but to grow we need to make sure that the various groups of participants find places where they can comfortably contribute. That's our primary goal: enlarging the community participation by giving all comfortable alternatives.
post #93 of 97
Steve, I'd think the ESA forum should be open to all those who have attended an ESa in past years also. They have spent the money to attend and weren't allowed the opportunity to be involved in this kind of format because it didn't exist. It's not their fault. Why close them out now?

If you're primary goal is to enlarge the community participation, this could and should be considered one of those comfortable alternatives, huh?
post #94 of 97
Interesting idea, Lars... We hadn't considered that. Thanks for the idea!
post #95 of 97
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Interesting idea, Lars... We hadn't considered that. Thanks for the idea!
Here's another one. Keep the forum visible but don't allow posts by non ESA attendees. Use it as a marketing tool for ESA. When skiers see the great support they get after the camp they should be more likely to attend.
post #96 of 97
Max, the ESA learning forum is designed to be a semi-private experience that facilitates discussions a student might be willing to share with a small peer group, but chooses not to post to the public forums. They pay for the services and instruction. I will be surprised if that turns out to be a very active forum. Its limited membership ensures both close attention and avoids overtaxing the ESA coaches. Seems like a good compromise.

The instructor to instructor and instructor resources forums are also in that area. Guidelines are under development, but again, a peer to peer group that will cover training, certification preparation and topics that would be distracted in the larger forums. These forums intend to fill a special need that relatively few skiers would share.
post #97 of 97
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Max, the ESA learning forum is designed to be a semi-private experience that facilitates discussions a student might be willing to share with a small peer group, but chooses not to post to the public forums. They pay for the services and instruction. I will be surprised if that turns out to be a very active forum. Its limited membership ensures both close attention and avoids overtaxing the ESA coaches. Seems like a good compromise.

The instructor to instructor and instructor resources forums are also in that area. Guidelines are under development, but again, a peer to peer group that will cover training, certification preparation and topics that would be distracted in the larger forums. These forums intend to fill a special need that relatively few skiers would share.
I think Epic will be missing a great opportunity to market the benefits of ESA if they take a hidden forum approach. Making the content public doesn't affect the ESA coaches if the forum is locked to posts from non ESA attendees. The semi-private point is interesting though. I guess it could be an issue for some skiers.
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