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====>> CONTENTS Volume 1 Issue 4
Welcome to Volume 1 Issue 4 of the e-mail companion to the
'Sitefinder: Adventure and Experiential Education Directory'
Editor: Roger Greenaway firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright 1998 Roger Greenaway, Reviewing Skills Training
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SiteFinder (directory and ezine) will help you find the answers
to this question:
HOW and WHY are people are using outdoor adventure for learning,
growth, development, empowerment, education, training, therapy,
reflection or inspiration?
Here's another few steps on the journey inspired by that long
====>> SITE REVIEWS
The feedback I received on last month's 3 site reviews was
encouraging (except about the strange symbols in the automated
subject header for 'Part 2' - a problem that I have now fixed).
If you missed part 2, you can now find a full web version at:
Some of you may be considering commenting on sites you like, but
don't have the time to write a full review. So in this issue I
have deliberately switched to a different review style. Instead
of looking at whole sites, I have just picked ONE 'thing' on each
site to comment on.
====>> EXPERIENTIAL ACTIVITIES
More and more web sites are putting up full descriptions of
activities on their sites.
Rich Weider (Team Craft) provides activity information in 'pdf'
files (more about pdf in a later issue of SiteFinder)
Matt Hudson (WooHoo, Inc.) offers 'Landmine' as a free
Christian Itin invites people to enter activity descriptions on
his activities page, and he has collected an interesting variety
>From a surfer's point-of-view it's good to know that these
resources are available. If you happen to know the name of the
activity you are looking for, you may be able to find it via a
search engine. But it would take a highly skilled or patient
searcher to find the 'Landmine' activity amongst all the other
'Landmine' pages that a search will produce. Even
www.askjeeves.com isn't clever enough to help you find good
activity ideas. That is where discussion lists are so useful (see
====>> DISCUSSION LISTS
The main Association for Experiential Education discussion list
is a great 'place' to ask advice. You may get a carefully written
answer to your question. You may get a reference to off-line or
on-line resources. This is often how activity pages on websites
get found. You don't need to be a member of AEE to join in.
Joining details are at:
Then just send in your question - more advice on this below.
Depending on the nature of your question you may get a better and
more thorough answer by searching the AEELIST archives. Another kind of search you can do is to look for more
specialised lists (see next).
MORE DISCUSSION LISTS
There are special lists for OUTDOOR RESEARCH, ROPES COURSES,
ADVENTURE THERAPY etc.
I have instructions for joining and leaving 7 outdoor discussion
lists on my own site (and for archive searching - if available)
Rob Benson (Crossroads Experiential Learning) has links to 25
discussion lists that may be of interest to experiential
http://www.magnolia.net/~xroads [URL may have changed]
ASKING QUESTIONS TO DISCUSSION LISTS
It is not a popular move to post the same question to more than
one list at a time. In fact some lists discourage or outlaw this
practice. If you want to tap the brains, experience and ideas
from more than one list, a good way is to ask a different (but
related) question to each list. Slant each question towards the
'main focus' of the list you are writing to. Also space out your
questions, so that what you learn from one list can shape what
you ask the next list (on your list).
If you think you may want to return some time to ask another
question, it makes good sense (apart from being good manners) to
say thanks and to give something back some time. This might be
when you can answer someone else's question. You don't have to be
an expert. You may simply refer someone to a useful reference (on
or off line) - such as the SiteFinder Directory and Ezine! :-)
When you join a list, you often receive a welcome message from a
robot that gives you advice about using that particular list -
including sources of more robot advice and human advice (from the
These tips about discussion lists should help you find useful
websites - especially in 'our' field where keyword searches are
so unreliable. When you find a good website (or a good page)
write in and tell us! And if you can add a tip or two about
discussion lists or search tips (especially in 'our' field)
please write in to email@example.com
These are all ways in which you become eligible for a prize!
Winning a prize is not guaranteed - unlike the warm glow of inner
satisfaction you get from contributing - which is! :-)
====>> D I R E C T O R I E S . & . D A T A B A S E S
EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION AND YOUTH WORK
A new page at Barbara Kawliche's Youthwork Links and Ideas
provides you with a descriptive list of experiential education
sites. As the site title (and address) indicate there's plenty
more of interest on this site for youth workers. This USA based
site is also an excellent gateway to UK resources.
EXPERIENCE-BASED TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (EBTD)
What did I just say about discussion lists helping you find
useful websites? I have just picked up news from the AEELIST that
should interest you.
• If you have a website to promote, here's two more places to
• If you're looking for directories of 'experential' websites,
then you have two more places to visit.
Simon Priest has just announced that he will be listing
EBTD providers on the eXperientia website.
If your work is more than 50% with corporate clients
send your E-dress or homepage URL to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your contact information will appear on a page organized
geographically (in the next month or two) at
Christian Itin has already made a start on a similar list where
there are about 30 sites who state they do corporate work from
around the world and have sites online.
The Outdoor Source Book is now online. It has 444 records. These
are not 444 websites, but you will find many more UK websites
here than the 22 UK sites in SiteFinder. There are still a few
teething troubles with this resource (it's only just appeared).
Your feedback to Adventure Education will help to improve this
valuable source of information.
====>> P R I Z E W I N N E R
Congratulations to Brent Bell (The Biking Expedition) for winning
the first prize draw. Brent will be choosing his prize from the
three books currently on the list. The next draw will be on 1st
December. Enter now so you don't forget. It's dead easy to enter
and the odds on winning a prize are excellent!
You just have to do ONE of these things (not the whole lot!):
Send in your review comments OR news OR tips OR articles OR offer
a prize OR just recommend SiteFinder to someone else.
By entering you are taking one small step that will add to the
value of SiteFinder. A selfish way of being unselfish - that
should appeal to everyone!
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