Jeff Brazil

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Jeff Brazil is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with deep expertise in marketing, strategic communications and media production. A former writer and editor with the Los Angeles Times, both digital and print, he has in-depth experience in content strategy, content development and digital communications. At the Digital Media & Learning Hub, located within the University of California’s systemwide Humanities Research Institute, he provides strategy, direction and leadership for all major communications, content and marketing programs and activities.

Blogs (12)


Friday, January 11, 2013

Colette Cassinelli quote learning how to learn Does the information age free us to pursue learning centered on individuals and not institutions? Does each of us have a part to play in the possibility of education? Can a broader definition and responsibility for education bring us all closer together? Those are questions tackled in this short film by “soul biographer” Nic Askew. We commissioned Nic to help explore the underlying thinking of connected learning. Here is what he had to say in his introduction to the short film: This film is about the possibilities of change in education. As are the others in

Creativity: A Literacy?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

creativity graffiti tagged on brick wall You could make the argument that of all the ills perpetuated by the industrial age approach to education the worst is conformity. Originality had no place in a factory production line. Or so it was thought. Likewise, standardized education and testing has all too often promoted a numbing uniformity. But, our networked society and the information age want, need, and prize something altogether different when it comes to creativity. This commissioned film by “soul biographer” Nic Askew (part of a series of films on connected learning) asks: 
‘In this rapidly changing world might creativity need to

Mentoring: The Gift of Validation

Thursday, December 20, 2012

colorful graffiti of word teach tagged on building This short film explores a fundamental ingredient of learning and human potential: mentoring. Its potential is arguably even more pronounced today because of our ability to connect with others who share our interests through the internet and social media. The film asks: 
‘Might we all have the opportunity to mentor another?’
 ‘How powerful is a single moment of validation to a young imagination?’
 ‘Might your influence travel further than you might imagine?’ 
’Teacher or not, might you have a part to play in the education of another?’ The interview subject is Brother Mike, YouMedia coordinator and

Making + Playing + Understanding = Learning

Friday, December 14, 2012

2 young female students focused on their phones texting We commissioned filmmaker Nic Askew to make a series of short films that explores the underlying thinking of our six principles of connected learning: interests, peers, youth as producers, networks, shared purpose and academics. Together, the six offer a framework for learning anchored in research and a deep understanding of how people learn, but they also tap the new possibilities of the internet, social media and the information age. This particular film (below) examines a fundamental human experience and key component of connected learning, ‘play,’ and explores whether it has been underestimated and whether, as a

Connected Learning: The Power of Curiosity

Friday, November 16, 2012

female student looking through microscope in chemistry class We commissioned filmmaker Nic Askew to make a series of six films that captures the spirit of connected learning, a new approach to learning that is anchored in research, robust theories of learning, and the best of traditional standards, but also taps into the rich new world of information, knowledge, and online collaboration available to youth and learners. This film examines the critical role of curiosity and engagement for today’s youth and in connected learning, the outcome of a six-year research effort supported by the MacArthur Foundation into how learning, education, and schooling could be reimagined

Connected Learning: The Experience of Education Reimagined

Friday, November 02, 2012

black and white photo of empty classroom We commissioned filmmaker Nic Askew to make a series of short films about connected learning, a new approach to learning he called “courageous” and “transformational.” This film introduces the story of connected learning, the outcome of a six-year research effort supported by the MacArthur Foundation into how learning, education, and schooling could be reimagined for a networked world. The film asks:‘Might the information age have presented us with the opportunity for a fundamental reimagining of the way we educate our children?’ ‘How might education come to life if children were to possess a burning need to

The Global One-Room Schoolhouse: John Seely Brown

Monday, September 24, 2012

play is essential and key graphic John Seely Brown has been immersed in innovation and learning for the last three decades. As a visiting scholar and adviser to the provost at the University of Southern California, co-chair of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, former chief scientist at Xerox Corporation and director of its research center, PARC, he has deep expertise in radical innovation. Combine this with his strong interest in digital youth culture and digital media and the result is a message that will likely resonate with anyone working at the intersection of learning, technology and youth. In this video, which

P2PU: Learning for Everyone, by Everyone, about almost Anything

Monday, May 23, 2011

group of people casually having a meeting with beer pizza and swing Meet Philipp Schmidt, co-founder and executive director of Peer to Peer University, an emerging, Web-based global learning community. At P2PU, study groups form and gather online to learn a particular topic. They do group work together and provide constructive feedback for one another. All courses are free and open. Schmidt started P2PU after he and a few friends wanted to learn more about psychology together. After that initial experience, they created a wiki offering seven more courses to see if people would be interested, and P2PU was born. Entrepreneurial and committed to open learning culture, Schmidt

Top 5 Blog Posts on Digital Media and Learning for 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

facebook home screen reflecting in sunglasses The DML Central blog is just over a year old, and the close of 2010 marks our first full year of publishing thought leadership from our featured bloggers and highlighting best practices in the emerging field of digital media and learning. It has been an inspiring adventure. Thanks in large part to our growing community, we have learned a great deal about collaboration, conversation, and exploration in digital media and learning in the past year — lessons we will apply in the redesign of this site and the creation of new Web resources in 2011. Meanwhile,

Spin: The Digital Media & Learning Conference 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

art piece of record player in snow outside Hidden in the tweetstream from the Digital Media and Learning Conference 2010 are hundreds of provocative insights, comments, and observations, and we couldn’t help but mine the archive for another round. The full stream can be found here: #dml2010. The tweets we’ve collected below contain ideas, questions, and thoughts that can be readily absorbed by both those who attended the conference and those who did not – as well as recommended resources and links. Cast of Characters (in order of tweets that reference them):Katie Salen (presenter) Ernest Morrell (panelist) Henry Jenkins (conference chair) Benjamin Stokes (panelist)Lev

Dispatches: Digital Media & Learning Conference 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

phone in the sand at beach In the wake of the Digital Media and Learning Conference, we’re seeing many great conversations taking place and intriguing questions being asked. Here’s a second wave of tweets harvested from the conference tweetstream. As before, these are tweets containing insights, observations, comments, questions, takeaways, and resource referrals compelling both to those who were there, but also to those who were not. The full tweetsream can be found on Twitter at #dml2010. Cast of characters (in order of reference in tweets):danah boyd (presenter)David Theo Goldberg (moderator) Sonia Livingstone (keynote/closing)Jeremy Hunsinger (discussant)Tracy Fullerton (presenter) Alexander Halavais (presenter)S. Craig

Remix: Digital Media and Learning Conference 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DML Conference 2010 Diversifying participation logo More than 400 researchers, scholars, educators, practitioners, and youth experts from the emerging digital media and learning field have just returned from our first Digital Media and Learning Conference. We’re still trying to wrap our arms around the riveting conversation and probing questions that bubbled up at the conference, held at UC San Diego. Meantime, here’s an initial batch of raw tweets from the conference with insights, ideas, observations, comments, questions, takeaways, and resource referrals that might be compelling both to those who were there, but also to those who were not. By most accounts, it