Back to School for Personal Historians.

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The beginning of new school year got me thinking.  My learning these days is  hit and miss. I  learn on the run,  sandwiching it between my daily tasks. You’re probably like me – scrambling to learn how to use  a new piece of software or how to scan photos properly or whatever.

But I have a plan. I’m dedicating September to setting aside  time to learn one new thing that will be useful in my personal history work. In my case that’s learning how to run online courses.

So here’s a challenge to all you personal historians.  Is there a new skill you could learn this month that would make you a better personal historian? Let me know by leaving me a comment below. Love to hear from you.

To give you some inspiration, I’ve selected several online sites that cover an array of courses and guides. Hopefully, they’ll whet your appetite. My thanks to fellow personal historian Pat McNees for recommending some of these sites.

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History: “As a door into the world of oral history, these pages give basic suggestions for collecting and preserving the valuable oral treasures around you, to enrich you and future generations.”
  • Oral History Workshop on The Web: The Institute for Oral History at Baylor University offers  workshops on: Introduction to Oral History, Digital Oral History, Transcribing  Style Guide, The Heart of Oral History: How to Interview, and more.
  • How to Create Your Own Online Course: “Resources to help you discover how to combine both what you have to offer and what you wish to gain by guiding you through creating and establishing an online course. No matter what age of student, subject you want to teach, or size of the class, you will find resources and information to bring your class online.”
  • Vermont Folklife Center Archive: Field Research Guides: The Center provides online access to a series of research guides on: Digital Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide, Field Recording in the Digital Age, Digital Editing of Field Audio, and Resources on the Preservation of Materials in Ethnographic and Oral History Collections.
  • How to Guides for Your Business: “helps small business decision-makers solve their most pressing business problems and realize their most compelling opportunities.”

Photo by Philip Howard

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2 Responses to Back to School for Personal Historians.

  1. Dan,
    Once again you have given us a wonderful list of resources. Thank you! Plus, your challenge for each of us personal historians to tackle a new skill this month is a great idea.

    In addition to offering teleclasses to my followers, I would love to include webinars as well. So I will accept that as my challenge to learn something new that I can use in my business.

    Thanks for the gentle prod.


  2. @Beth. Thanks for your kind words. Good luck with your “learning” project for September.

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