OER Game Jams

A Game Jam is an organised event where a group of people gather with the intention of creating a full game – from conception to completion – in a pre-determined, short period of time.

In the OER Game Jams, we lead groups through creating, licensing, and sharing a game as an Open Educational Resource (OER). This hands-on workshop, created by Stephanie (Charlie) Farley and Gavin Willshaw of Information Services, is available to be run in multiple formats. The Game Jam can be run for pen and paper, print and play, board game creation, and/or developing digital skills with an online adventure story game (new!).

The workshop guides groups through all the steps to create their own board game. It explores prototyping and play-testing and how to add variety and fun by employing different game mechanics.

Games in our workshops are created using digitised images from the University of Edinburgh Library, open media content from Media Hopper, and openly licensed and public domain images and digital resources across the web.

Our workshop covers:

  • the differences between copyright and licensing,
  • how to identify licensed material that is free for re-use,
  • how to licence your own work.


The beauty of an OER is that you can adapt and modify the format and purpose of a Game Jam to suit the needs of your own session.

We have run OER Game Jam sessions for:

If you would like an OER Game Jam session to be run for your School, Department, or course, please contact Stephanie (Charlie) Farley.

Run your own Board Game Jam

The documents used from our sessions have been openly licensed and are available to be used to create your own Jam. The beauty of an OER is that you can adapt and modify the format and purpose of our documents to create a Jam to suit your own needs.

Run your own Board Game Jam



Dr Eva Murzyn and Stephanie (Charlie) Farley are currently running a PTAS funded study that will evaluate the OER Game Jams and look for ways to improve them as a tool for learning about Open Educational Resources and copyright.

Information on the OER Game Jam study here


Header Image: Serious fun with game design, by Stephanie (Charlie) Farley at the FoCL Board Game Jam 2017, CC BY 4.0