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This fun, easy mini course will prepare you to capture stories and voices.

Course Overview

  • 1

    Welcome to: Oral History Interviewing Mini Course

  • 2

    Interviewing and oral history

  • 3

    Capturing good audio

    • The basic kit

    • Always use a backup!

    • Saving and backing up files

    • Microphone types and audio comparisons

    • Should you record video of an oral history interview?

    • Recording audio from two people onto one device

    • Two programs I use to make slideshow videos with oral history

    • Digitizing cassette tapes

  • 4

    Transcribing audio files

    • Why transcribe audio

    • Overview of transcription tools

    • Introduction to using Google speech-to-text function to transcribe audio

    • Step-by-step: transcribe using Google speech-to-text

    • Transcription using Dragon

    • Video tutorial for oTranscribe

    • Dictate into Microsoft Word with a Microsoft 365 subscription

    • Sending audio files out for transcription

  • 5

    The most important thing

    • Do it now and it will be enough

    • Listening is a sacred act


  • How long will this class take me?

    This mini course is self-paced and is designed to complete in less than two hours.

  • Is this self-paced?

    Yes. You can start or stop whenever you like and work on a schedule that is comfortable for you. The lessons are organized in short, bite-sized chunks to make it easy to start and stop.

  • What level of interviewer should I be?

    This is meant to be a beginner course. There are a few technical sections such as how to transcribe audio, which you are free to delve into, or skip altogether.

  • How much of this course is video?

    About two-thirds of the lessons are short videos (mostly 3-5 minutes). Some are formatted like it's you and me together one-on-one, some are from a half-day class I filmed specifically so it would feel like you're there in a group, and some are tutorials narrated by me. The other lessons consist of exercises and additional reading. You can preview lessons above to get an idea.

Teaching and Presenting Experience

Speaker RootsTech - February 26-29, Salt Lake City, Utah. Register at
National Genealogical Society - National Conference Speaker
Weber State University Center for Continuing Education
Long View of History - 67th Annual Utah State Historical Society Conference, 2018
Snow College keynote speaker
Southern California Genealogical Society Speaker
Ogden-Weber Technical College
Women in Business speaker


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