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!
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…
January 6th
So this little thing arrived today! A workbook I've created to scaffold the process of creating educational escape room games... the idea being it takes you through a process, with sections in the book to fill in and slowly create an escape room type expe…
January 2nd
I've just created a couple of experimental books, both will be deliberately short and cheap, first is available through my website from the 2nd week of January. The first book is a small (A6) sized, spiral bound book, printed on a heavy paper stock. …
December 20th
Just had my workshop proposal for LILAC 2017 accepted, abstract follows! I'm particularly pleased to have sneaked in a keyword of "Argond" in, which I think is doog yrev. In this workshop, participants will: 1) Learn some key benefits of using…
November 26th
I've really liked the idea of Sneaky Cards since I first saw them, and I've already planned challenge type cards for attendees at the i2c2 conference next year. I've also been pondering how to make my Uni workplace more playful and have been trying little…
September 1st
Photo by Jon S, https://www.flickr.com/photos/62693815@N03/ under CC BY 2.0 I had a minor rant about Play in Higher Education recently, and after editing by the Guardian peeps, it got published... not quite what I was trying to say, but close enough for…
August 22nd
Just launched my "Unlock Learning" Kickstarter! Escape rooms are exploding in popularity at the moment, with new ones seeming to pop up every week. But what if we used the same ideas in education? The play inherent in escape rooms, especially pl…
July 24th
Just a teaser! I'll be launching a Kickstarter to produce educational escape room materials shortly and just done a video for it... look out for the actual Kickstarter soon :)