morgs wrote:p.s. you could do a 'poll' of forum members to see how many would buy them and even take deposits beforehand so you wouldn't be out of pocket if you bulk purchased the cd's.
We've looked at this, and when you say definitely buys CDs would your answer be the same if the cost was somewhere between £2.50 and £5.00 a CD - so between £30 and £70 for the course which is "free"? It is not worth doing unless it is done to not only cover costs, but cover the time diverted from other activities, and there is also a small but important issue of course maintenance. Although the course is fairly stable now, it has been refined over time - making old CDs obsolete. The trouble is that an increasingly smaller percentage of CD players are not mp3 compatible, yet producing a CD version of mp3s introduces more technical support issues as people get confused as to what they should be buying. So the real negative is that the trade-off is that although CDs might bring some income, the production and distribution is quite a distraction from the core activities of producing the course.
A cheap MP3 player preloaded with the lessons would probably be more cost-effective though not everyone can use them in the circumstances that they want.
So it would have to be very low cost to be worthwhile, and I'd suggest that the only sensible way would be for some volunteers to produce and distribute them. That, of course, is a good SSiW approach to the problem, but there is a risk associated with it, and to start with it would have to be experimented with before any bulk production of CDs was invested in.