About Me

Catherine Chambers

Content leader. Learning evangelist. Former music journalist, academic, Open University and BBC Senior Producer. Owner of two cats and a horse.

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I’m passionate about engaging audiences in innovative new ways, particularly when it comes to crafting inspiring digital content and learning experiences.

I named this site after the award winning series I developed and commissioned for the Open University – 60 Second Adventures in Thought, a bite-sized animation approach to concepts and theories – with a dash of comedy and a dose of David Mitchell, who narrates it. The series spawned several more including economics, religion and astronomy clocking up over 11m views on YouTube alone.

When it comes to brainstorming digital ideas, be it for bite-sized video content or interactive experiences (for formal/informal learning, corporate business or public engagement) I adopt a user-focused, outcomes driven approach. Understanding the audience and what motivates them is key.

My ambition is always to create a memorable experience – one that makes users think, feel and act differently as a result.

I thrive on leading cross-functional creative teams – ranging from subject experts, producers (internal and external production companies) writers, learning designers, animators and technologists – together to create unforgettable learning experiences from topical podcast or video series to interactive scenario-based learning experiences (BBC Academy)

Background

My background spans broadcast, digital, and higher education as a senior producer and academic. I started out as a journalist for Kerrang! magazine before moving into radio and multi-platform production at the BBC across Radio 1, 4, 6 Music and 5 live.

I then led on strategic learning initiatives for the Open University including working with Apple as OU Editorial lead, leading a team overseeing commissioning and production for the iTunes U channel, achieving a record breaking 75 million downloads. We also produced learning campaigns, MOOCs with FutureLearn, and Facebook Live events in partnership with the UK Space Agency.

Following the OU, I worked as a Senior Editorial Producer for the BBC Academy, delivering digital learning to thousands of BBC staff, and as a Lecturer in Media Production at Birmingham City University, embedding technology enhanced learning in face to face workshops. More recently I worked at Nesta in a varied role including experimenting with a game prototype using ‘Voiceflow’ a platform designed for ‘Voice’ (voice assistants) to support behavioural change, and delivering storytelling workshops for the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator.

Adventures in Digital Learning (examples of work – Prezi)

Sound Advice podcast series with radio experts (Lecturer in Media, Birmingham City University)

Facebook for Teaching and Learning (Birmingham City University)

Scenario Based Learning (BBC Academy)

LinkedIn (for production credits on short-form factual series)

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