Educational Technology

Although the terms educational technology and instructional technology are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. Instructional technology focuses on providing the hardware and software that instructors need to enhance their educational practices, whereas 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 director of educational technology, 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 director of educational technology 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 Joy Harris, UT’s director of educational technology, call (813) 257-6305 or send an email to

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