Games4libraries


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I run workshops on making games for libraries. We scaffold the day so that concepts of play and games are introduced, then delegates work in groups to build a game prototype of their own. By the end of the day all delegates should have a prototype to develop further and the confidence to use these ideas to further develop games in their own libraries.

I've run were shortened versions of the normal workshop just for an afternoon too, as well as taster workshops for around 90 minutes!

Get in touch if you'd like a workshop running! I've run several now at individual institutions for groups of library staff, learning developers and other support staff and lecturers.

The feed below is from the blog associated with the workshops, http://gamesforlibraries.blogspot.com , where we post all the prototypes the workshop attendees create - please look through them and re-use the ideas if you can!

Making games - the blog!
June 9th
I've been updating the materials I use in the educational game making workshops I run occasionally. I thought it would be a good idea to turn them into a set of materials that other people could use at the same time as updating them for myself. So the pi…
June 3rd
Yesterday we launched the TeachKit Kickstarter! TeachKits are a set of teaching materials you get through the post to help you teach these things, especially if you tend to have "one-off" sessions with students and need something quick and ea…
May 27th
I've written before about the idea we took to LILAC and the Lagadothon before and towards the end of the post I said "I suppose I ought to think of a way to make it happen over the next few months...". Well... I'm currently pulling together a Ki…
April 30th
I've a new book chapter available: Reasons to Play in Higher Education*. It is in a book pulled together by Matthias as part of the Counterplay festival and associated playful goodness :) I pitched something on why play should be part of HE, including mat…
April 27th
I was at Viborg library (picture above) earlier this week for a full day meeting helping to get the "Room of Stories" going. This is a project run by Marlene at Viborg library aimed at encouraging children (particularly boys) to read using an es…
April 16th
Prototype box So... last week I went to the fabulous LILAC in Swansea. Amongst other things, I did the Lagadothon with Jess, where we get to show a prototype (otherwise known as a bonkers idea from me) and get feedback on it. My thing for this year was …
April 15th
I ran another Educational Escape Room workshop in Huddersfield last week, at the lovely Heritage Quay! It was a full day of following a set process to create some prototype educational escape room ideas - videos of the prototypes are here to watch. Amy h…
March 10th
I ran a workshop in Helsinki earlier this week - a full day of creating educational escape rooms with a lovely bunch of Finnish librarians. All the groups created prototype escape rooms during the day, I was really impressed with the variety of things th…
February 9th
I've got lots of (open) workshops coming up! All subject to having enough people book on them, but we have: Teaching Tips for Librarians, Friday afternoon, 10th March, Sheffield. https://shefftips.eventbrite.co.uk This covers some of the basic teaching …
February 9th
I've a few workshops booked in over the coming months, plus more are in the planning stages. One I'm particularly excited about is in Helsinki at the main University Library! It's been arranged through the STKS (Finnish Research Library Association). I'll…