Our community


To fuflil its potential, Alexander Studies Online requires a developing community of participants.  The following table offers an overview of  the diverse ways in which people can engage with ASO.

Category of user

Main types of usage

Members of the public

  • Gaining an insight into the Alexander Technique's world’s relationshp to science and scholarships
  • Accessing materials connected with the AT: deepening understanding of the AT
  • Locating specialist material connected with the AT
  • Linking back to sponsor sites eg STAT

Alexander pupils

  • As above + able to contribute to "Alexander Technique in Autobiography" project

Alexander teacher trainees

  • Using for research and study purposes relevant to their current training process
  • During final terms, usage as for Alexander teachers
  • Participation as Contributors where appropriate

Alexander teachers

  • Locating specialist material on AT relevant to teaching practice or private study - deepening understanding of the AT and pedagogical issues
  • Discovering opportunities to participate in projects
  • Locating materials relevant to CPD
  • Participating as Contributors where appropriate

Contributors: lay people, professional researchers, Alexander Teachers, trainee teachers with demonstrable ability to contribute

  • Submitting materials for publication on the website
  • Posting comments against materials
  • Contributing to forum discussions (subject to moderation and peer review as appropriate)
  • [see the page on Contributors for further detail]

Editorial Advisory Board Members

  • Providing peer reviews of contributed material
  • Offering guidance on editorial policy
  • Offering suggestions for new bibliography enries and link library entries and/or adding them directly

Editorial Assistants

  • Adding new content as directed by Editorial Board Members

Editorial Board Members

  • Overseeing the entire ASO initiative
  • Referring materials and issues to Editorial Advisory Board Members
  • Reporting back to project sponsors
  • Making final decisions on submitted materials
  • Moderating comments
  • Drafting, reviewing and approving static content on the website

Managing Editor

  • Ensuring implementation of Editorial Board decisions
  • Chairing Editorial Board and exercising a casting vote
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of policies and procedures and reporting to the Editorial Board
  • Formally reporting back to Project Sponsors


  • Adding and amending Universal Alexander Technique Index entries

Project Sponsors*

  • Supporting and refining the ASO vision
  • Providing financial and other material support to ASO

Representatives on Representative Body

  • Providing the formal link between ASO and external bodies such as national Alexander Technique societies from around the world.

Website administrator

  • Creating and de-activating new user accounts

Website manager

  • Liaising with developer
  • Soliciting and collating feedback on website features
  • Liaising with the Editorial Board concerning future developments
  • Implementing new features and modifying existing ones where technically competent to do so, including menu items, views of data, fields on content types etc

Website developer

  • Providing technical relevant to influence design decisions
  • Setting up backup and other server-related routine processes
  • Managing the hosting environment
  • Installing and updaing code modules
  • Implementing new features outside the technical competence of the website manager including bespoke coding where necessary.

*Currently the sole Project Sponsor is the Research Group of the UK-based Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique; but we look forward to developing a broader base of sponsors from other Alexander Technique organisations.