Catherine Chambers

Catherine Chambers

c.chambers@keele.ac.uk


As Head of Digital Education, I oversee the development of online programmes working with our partner, Higher Ed Partners. I lead a team of learning technologists and content developers providing pedagogic guidance on the use of technology in learning design and supporting with the development and design of new programmes and formats such as CPD. My passion lies in exploring creative approaches to teaching and learning delivery, from the design of micro-lectures and live sessions to the role of storytelling in scenario and case-based learning experiences, with a focus on narrative techniques to increase engagement and retention.

My background spans broadcast, digital, online learning and academia as a writer, producer and lecturer – all of which has informed my approach to designing engaging learning experiences. Following a stint as a music journalist for Kerrang!, I produced live programmes and multi-platform content for BBC Radio 1, 4, 6Music and 5 live, before moving into higher education. I provided editorial leadership for the Open University’s iTunes U channel, achieving 75 million downloads, including producing the globally popular multi-disciplinary bite-sized ’60 Second Adventures’ series narrated by David Mitchell. Prior to Keele, I worked in a teaching role as a Lecturer in Media Production at Birmingham City University, embedding technology enhanced learning in my face-to face teaching, and as Head of Learning Experience design at Nesta.

 

I hold a BA in History from the University of Leicester, an MA in Film from the University of Exeter and an MBA from the Open University.


Areas of expertise: Flexible learning, digital learning, creative pedagogies, inclusive learning, technology enhanced learning, social learning, storytelling in teaching and learning, multi-media content production, product development