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Friday, May 13 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Open Stories with Open Sources

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Twelve students ages 17-22. Twelve seniors ages 64-93. One semester’s oral history project utilizing open source technologies bridged generations and campuses. Students in Robin Morris’s Oral History class at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia paired with residents at nearby Clairmont Oaks Assisted Living Residences. The students’ goal was to document some of residents’ life stories and lessons while practicing methodology.

Students used their phones as listening tools—but not in the way one might expect. They shut off the texting, email, and social media and pressed record.

Students uploaded completed interviews to a course website and presented in class. The stories varied-- 35 years in addiction recovery, first job “sexing chicks,” cross-country RV travel, adoptions, elopements-- and showed students that they don’t have to plan everything by graduation.

Working with Alison Valk , Multimedia Instructional Librarian from Georgia Tech, students transformed hourlong interviews into 8 minute podcasts utilizing open source audio editing tools. Students enhanced content and narratives using technology. The same skills they use to write papers became more relatable with technology. For the first time in college, students had a project they shared with family.

At semester’s end, students mounted an exhibit at Clairmont Oaks Assisted Living and hosted a party for the community. Elders received cds of the full interview and podcast and had a product they, too, shared with friends and family.

In this proposed hour session, participants will learn more about how we structured this project how participants might implement a similar project in their own communities. Participants will receive a PDF booklet of lessons, forms, and tips. Attendees will also go through a mini-project beginning with practicing oral history interview techniques. The session will use open source Audacity, a free beginning level software package, to introduce participants to the podcasting part of the project.

Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
COOR 195 975 S Myrtle Ave Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85281
  Arts and Media, Interactive Session
  • Session Location COOR 195