This is a two day event with a difference!
Open space style "Camps" (Library camps / edu camps / etc) can be really positive events, but tend to lack concrete outcomes afterwards. This event is intended to have the same positive vibe as well as being as affordable as possible, but based around creating materials rather than just talking about stuff (hence allowing 2 days!). Could also be seen as a game jam style event, but where the attendees have a bit more freedom about the games they create than is normal...
#tag for the event is #escroomcamp on whatever social media you fancy...
The theme for the two day (residential) camp will be creating escape room materials for teaching, with a particular focus on teaching information literacy, digital literacy, academic skills, research skills, etc. Some prototyping materials will be provided (including boxes, locks, etc.), along with examples of escape room materials, a couple of laptops and a few other bits and pieces.
It would suit learning developers, academic skills tutors, librarians (of various sectors), basic skills tutors, and lecturers. Particularly those working in HE or FE, but could easily apply anywhere...
So if you want time, space, and a helpful community to revamp your teaching materials with something completely different, this could be the ideal opportunity.
The day will be based around open space type ideas (you come and go from groups as you please, everyone's ideas are equally valued, and ideas are generated / enacted by whoever happens to be present at the time). The two days will be based around:
- Idea generation / pitching - In the run up to the event and on the morning of the first day, people can pitch ideas for materials they would like to create. People would then organise into groups based around the pitches.
- Creating materials - The groups would create materials for teaching based on the pitches (though these can evolve). Some paper and IT materials, along with boxes, locks, and other goodies that may be useful will be provided.
- Sharing materials within the camp - at set points during the camp, everyone will come together to share materials so far. Most of these will be a chance to get feedback on prototypes, with a "final" sharing at the end where we hope materials will be in a (largely?) finished state for people to play.
- Sharing materials outside the camp - It is a condition of attending that everyone booking a place consents that materials produced during the camp will be made available under a CC BY licence. We will share the materials as widely as we can during and after the camp.
Because it is expected that people will start producing materials on the first morning and continue until the afternoon of the second day, there would be little point in just coming for the second day, so please only book if you can come for most or all of the event.
The ticket price includes use of the venue, accomodation for one night (ask if you want another night, they may have rooms available), all food / refreshments for the two days except the evening meal, and use of the prototyping materials. As we are in Gladstone's Library (the only residential library in the world?) people will be free to look around the library and grounds, or even split into groups to work elsewhere. As this camp is residential, people will be free to work on their escape room ideas or socialise on the evening, though of course we'll be most productive if we do a bit of both! There is space to socialise on the evening, with an "honesty bar" running in the library, as well as a local pub.
A small number of heavily discounted places are provided for people who genuinely can't afford the ticket price themselves, and whose employers won't pay. If you really need a bargain ticket, then book it. Otherwise please don't, you will be depriving someone else of a ticket. If anyone fancies offering sponsorship to enable more discounted tickets, please do! There is also a free ticket available for people who can illustrate or are able to operate as graphic designers to help turn prototypes into finished materials during the camp. Tickets are strictly limited as they have limited rooms available.
This is the second camp, the first is a non-residential one (that is more explicitly library focussed) in central Manchester during August 2016.