Headshot portrait of Jamie Loizzo, assistant professor of agricultural communication


Dr. Jamie Loizzo

121D Bryant Hall
PO Box 112060
Gainesville, FL 32611

  • Ph.D. Learning Design & Technology, Purdue University
  • M.S.Ed. Learning Design & Technology, Purdue University
  • B.A. Radio Television (News), Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Research Areas
  • Science Communication
  • Multimedia and Mobile
  • Science Literacy
  • Non-formal/informal Science Engagement
  • Arts-based research
Courses Taught
  • AEC 4035: Communication Practices for Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • AEC 5541: Communication and Instructional Technologies in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Membership in Organizations
  • Association for Communication Excellence (ACE)
  • Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT)
  • American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE)
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
  • Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

Dr. Jamie Loizzo

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jamie Loizzo is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) at the University of Florida. Her classes are focused in the agricultural communication specialization, where she incorporates both science communication and technology into her teaching style.

Originally from Hillsboro, Illinois, Loizzo earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in radio television (news) from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She went on to receive her Master of Science in Education degree from Purdue University, studying learning design and technology, before earning her doctorate degree in the same program.

Loizzo comes to AEC with past experience as a journalist and video producer for Purdue Agricultural Communication, as well as working in television newsrooms in Illinois, Kentucky and Florida. She founded Streaming Science, a project-based learning and mobile electronic field trip program for 21st Century science communication education, and has been working with a team of researchers and developers to create the MOOCocracy platform – an online, learner-centered, social democracy for engaging in global social issues.

In addition to teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students in the department, Loizzo also helps advise Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow at the University of Florida.


Recent Publications

Loizzo, J., Conner, N., & Cannon, K. J. (2018). Project-based learning for developing digital literacy in undergraduate agricultural and environmental sciences communication. Journal of North American College Teachers of Agriculture, 2(62).

Loizzo, J., Watson, S. L., & Watson, W. R. (2017). Instructor and learner experiences in a journalism for social change MOOC: A virtual ethnographic case study. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077695817729586

Loizzo, J., Ertmer, P.A., Watson, W.R., & Watson S. L. (2017). Adult MOOC learners as self-directed: perceptions of motivation, success, and completion. Online Learning, 21(2).

Loizzo, J. & Ertmer, P. A. (2016). MOOCocracy: The learning culture of massive open online courses. Educational Technology Research & Development, 64(6); 1013-1032. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11423-016-9444-7

Loizzo, J., Borron, A., Gee, A., & Ertmer, P. A. (2016). Teaching convergence in 21st century undergraduate agricultural communication: a pilot study of backpack multimedia kits in a blended, project-based learning course. Journal of Applied Communications100(2), 100-119.



Distinguished Agricultural Communications Educator. (2018). American Association for Agricultural Education. Presented at AAAE National Conference, Charleston, SC.

Distinguished Agricultural Communications Educator. (2017). North Central Region – American Association for Agricultural Education.  Presented at AAAE Regional Conference, Ames, IA.

Division of Distance Learning Burmeister Outstanding DDL-sponsored AECT Presentation Award. (2017). Case Study of a MOOC for Mobilizing Professional and Citizen Journalists for Social Change. Association for Educational Communications & Technology. Presented at AECT International Conference, Jacksonville, FL.