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Welcoming Message

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the web site of the Educational Technology, Research and Assessment (ETRA) department.

As a diverse and collaborative community of scholars, the department is dedicated to responsible research and reflective practice to promote innovative learning environments and improved learning outcomes for all learners. Our mission is to advance the development and use of technology, research methodology, and assessment in a variety of settings to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship. We offer strong graduate and certification programs in both online and face-to-face formats.  Specializations include: Instructional Technology; Training and EvaluationQuantitative and Qualitative Research MethodologyAssessment Theory and PracticeSchool Library Information Specialist; and School Technology Specialist.

Our programs prepare students to work in the public and private sectors in a variety of instructional and research capacities.  Our graduates are leaders in the planning and evaluation of best practices in technology integration for 21st century learning environments.  I am excited about the department’s rigorous and relevant research projects benefitting both academic- and practitioner-focused graduates.

We hope this web site provides you with a useful introduction to the faculty, staff, and programs in our department.  We are proud of our rich, longstanding commitment to academic excellence, our diverse and dynamic student body, and our accomplished faculty.  Please feel free to send us an e-mail ( or call (815-753-9339) if you would like more information about the ETRA Department at Northern Illinois University.


          Dr. Wei-Chen Hung