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Oral History Toolkit for College Instructors: Oral History Projects

This guide offers resources and ideas for instructors who want to use oral history projects with their students.

Why Student Oral History Projects?

Why Student Oral History Projects?

Oral history is an engaging way to learn about history from the people who lived it.  Students have an opportunity to interact with people who have intimate knowledge and unique perspectives of the events that shaped the world we live in today.  Students can practice an extensive set of skills ranging from research techniques to interpersonal communication.  


Learning Objectives:

  1. Investigate interview subjects using primary and secondary resources including archival materials, library research tools, and in-class overview of cultural and historical influences on the time period studied.
  2. Use historical and cultural context to design and conduct an oral history interview.
  3. Identify and honor ethical standards as related to oral history interviews and respect for an interviewee’s life story.

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