Educational Technology

Educational technology is a field that utilizes instructional technologies but also includes an understanding of learning theories as well as pedagogical/andragogical strategies and tactics.

The Educational Technology (Ed Tech) department, under the associate provost, is responsible for planning, developing, delivering and assessing professional development opportunities in the area of technological practices for effective teaching, learning and assessment. The Educational Technology department acts in a liaison capacity between faculty groups and IT service areas, coordinates existing resources, evaluates educational technology, assists with Blackboard LMS faculty development and support, and provides instructional design training.

To reach the Educational Technology department, call (813) 257-8893 or email edtech@ut.edu.

Why We Built the Educational Technology (Ed Tech) Website

The Ed Tech website provides professional development and assistance with teaching, learning and assessment for faculty and staff. Do you need to learn how to use Blackboard’s Global Navigation feature? Are you interested in creating templates within Microsoft Office? Would you like to incorporate Atomic Learning into your classes? The knowledge base is a collection of text and video tutorials for UT's educational tools.

Getting Started


To begin, head to edtech.ut.edu, use the search tool, navigate using the audience links or browse through each category. The categories include Blackboard, Microsoft Office, SpartanWeb, SPSS and more. Each category hosts tutorials to enhance your teaching and learning experiences.

Top 5 Tips for Using the Ed Tech Knowledge Base

  1. Use the name of the software you are working with in your search.
  2. The most visited tutorials are listed under “Popular Tutorials” at the bottom of each page.
  3. Go to “Faculty” or “Staff” to find the training calendar.
  4. Go to “Students” to find the academic calendar.
  5. To contact Ed Tech with questions or feedback email edtech@ut.edu or call (813) 257-8893.

Please note that while the Ed Tech website provides resources that faculty may direct students to, Ed Tech does not support students directly. Students needing technical assistance should contact the Student Help desk by email at studenthelp@ut.edu or by phone at (813) 253-6255.