Focus Group!

Posted by on September 24th, 2010 § 0

Well, the final Listening Project focus group has come to a close and the list of interview questions is set! They’ll be available online presently and so will the procedure for recording.  Yesssss!

During the focus group discussion (which occurred over cups of tea I brewed myself thankyouverymuch), we talked a lot about what makes the Listening Project a compelling initiative for the Haverford community.  And, of course, because I believe it is compelling, I wanted to share what we came up with: nothing like this has ever happened before.  Okay, that’s a cliché, but it’s also true (Listening Project recording is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… but we won’t go there).  Student voices are sorely underrepresented (read: absent) in the oral history recordings housed in the college archives.  Faculty and administration have had their say and effectively preserved themselves in Haverford history… but what about the rest of us?  We know you’ll have something to say about our questions, so check back soon!

Keep your eyes peeled for information about the Inaugural Day of Recording and training dates for Student Interviewers.  And, as always… get in touch, if you’re interested!

Things Are Happening!

Posted by on September 14th, 2010 § 0

Oh yes they are!  The Listening Project had a great turnout at the activities fair: sign-ups spilled onto a second page!  This is Haverford, though, so of course, now I have to start badgering the people on the list to make time in their busy schedules.  It will happen, though — always does.

Next mission: Plan focus groups!  The goal of a Listening Project focus group is just to start a dialogue about the project, to talk about the goals, and of course, to determine what interests people the most.  If this project isn’t accessible to the community, it will likely crash and burn.  Not that I want to foreshadow anything (we just talked about tragic irony in my senior sem, so it’s on the brain).  If you’re interested in participating in a focus group: speak up!  Feel free to post a comment here or email me: thogarth@haverford.edu

Sometimes most unexpected ideas can produce broad results when executed simply.  Case in point: the How Are You Doing Project (found courtesy of Yesterday Was Not Dull)

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