Provides hands-on experience in communicative practice and the production of media. Combines production and theory.
Winter 2014 Media Production Workshop
Digital Oral History
University of Washington Bothell is a relatively new campus, but the area surrounding the campus has a long and fascinating history. This class will use digital oral history to explore the following questions: How has Bothell changed since UWB opened its doors? How has it changed economically, culturally, environmentally, geographically, and socially? How do the residents of Bothell feel about the change, and how does it affect them?
Oral history is a field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events.
Students will work together in small groups to develop relationships with long-time residents of Bothell and then use digital media production techniques (video, audio, internet, editing) to research, record, and archive their stories. Oral history interviews, transcripts, and archival materials will be added to the UWB Libraries Digital Collections.
This class will appeal to students interested in history, community-based learning and research, community mapping, digital media production, digital humanities, and non-fiction storytelling.
Student learning goals
Acquire skills and techniques in interdisciplinary research, historical inquiry, and community-based learning.
Acquire skills and techniques in audio and video production and post-production
Develop advanced interviewing techniques
Gain an understanding of the historic and contemporary practices and applications of oral history
Build an analysis and understanding of the theory, ethics, and dilemmas of oral history
Learn about creating and delivering data and research materials for library use
General method of instruction
Combination of hands-on workshops, lectures, discussions, fieldwork, and field trips.
Media production is a time-consuming endeavor. Students should expect to spend significant time outside of class researching, recording, editing, and archiving their projects. Project completion will require students to work on MAC computers. Some experience with MACs will be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be expected to complete readings and discuss them in class. Students will work in small groups to research, record, transcribe, and archive an in-depth oral history interview. Classroom contribution / participation is a large part of the grade for this class as is demonstration of acquired video and audio production skills.