Looking back at Fall 2020
The aim of the COVID Stories Campus Oral History Project is to record and collect the oral histories of SUNY Oneonta / Utica College students and campus community members, focused on their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The oral histories will be maintained in an archive that is being organized by the Intermountain COVID-19 Impact Consortium (ICIC) at SUNY Oneonta to serve as a resource for research on and a historical document of the local (campus) experiences of the pandemic.
This interview guide provides information for faculty and students who will be participating in this exercise, which may be incorporated as a class assignment. The exercise is designed for SUNY Oneonta / Utica College students to record interviews with each other or with another member of the campus community (such as staff, faculty, other employee) about their recollections of their Fall 2020 experiences.
All of us have our own stories about how the COVID-19 pandemic shaped our daily lives, particularly during 2020. This exercise is an opportunity to listen to each other and reflect on what will most certainly be remembered as one of the most significant moments of our individual lives and collective histories, and to contribute to research and documentation of this time.
With this exercise, students will gain familiarity with oral history as a research method used in a range of fields including history, anthropology, sociology, and communication; and practice in conducting oral history interviews, which entails active listening and elicitation skills required in other forms of interviewing.
collect the recordings, release forms, and narrator information sheets from your students (for example, using a folder in SharePoint, Dropbox, or Blackboard), and then forward them to the COVID Stories Campus Oral History Project.
have students upload the recordings and information sheets directly to the COVID Stories Oral History Project electronic dropbox. Please provide the names of your students and we will forward their materials to you.
Here is the link for Utica:
The audio files forwarded to or uploaded directly to the COVID Stories Campus Oral History Project will be transcribed using Otter.ai, a speech-to-text transcription app, and checked for their accuracy, but they will not be further reviewed.