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Bill Rozaitis

Bill Rozaitis

Education Specialist

Education

  • B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College, English
  • M.A. University of Minnesota, English
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, English
  • M.Ed. University of Minnesota, Learning Technologies

Teaching Interests

My first teaching experiences were during and shortly after graduate school when I taught literature and composition at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin—River Falls. Since joining the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2000, I have been teaching pedagogy courses, broadly defined as teaching about how to teach. I’m currently an instructor in the Preparing Future Faculty program where I teach GRAD 8101: Teaching in Higher Education, GRAD 8102: Practicum for Future Faculty, and GRAD 8200: Special Topics in Teaching and Learning.

A particular interest of mine (and the focus for the special topics courses I offer) is learning technologies—the design of online learning environments, the development and implementation of innovative strategies to improve learning in online and blended environments, and the use of digital technologies to enhance traditional modes of instruction such as lecture and discussion. In addition to teaching about technology-enhanced learning, I also teach an online course once per year.

In addition to my teaching, I pursue my interest in learning technologies by offering a variety of workshops and presentations on technology-enhanced learning and by consulting with members of the university community about best practices in this area. For a list of the workshops I conduct, as well as instructional and resource materials related to them, please visit my Web Site at the address listed above.

Professional Expertise and Interests

Areas of special interest in individual consulting include:

  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Teaching in online and blended environments
  • The design and development of digitally-enhanced learning environments
  • The preparation of future faculty
  • PowerPoint as a teaching and learning tool

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Keynote Address.  William Rozaitis. “Understand, Engage, Connect:  A Student-Centered Approach to Teaching and Learning.”   Metropolitan State University Spring Faculty Conference.  St. Paul, Minnesota, March 2, 2013.
  • William Rozaitis. “Classroom Communities of Practice: A Model for Preparing Future Faculty,” Professional Organizational and Development (POD) Network in Higher Education annual conference. Seattle, Washington, October 26, 2012.
  • William Rozaitis and Paul Baepler. “Students Teaching Students.” Presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) annual conference. Charlottetown, Price Edward Island Canada, June 10, 2005.
  • William Rozaitis. “Promoting Active Learning with PowerPoint.” Invited presentation, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Center, January 28, 2005.
  • Bradley Cohen, William Rozaitis, J.D. Walker (Fall 2003). “The TA Web certification program.” EDUCAUSE Quarterly 26.4, 34-40.
  • Rozaitis, William. “The Joke at the Heart of Things: Francis Picabia's Machine Drawings and the Little Magazine 291.” American Art 8.3/4 (Summer/ Fall 1994): 43-59.