Gabel 212 Lab


The department of Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment (ETRA) is pleased to offer ETRA students and students taking ETRA courses access to resources to advance research and learning opportunities. This is a great place for meetings and computer groups to gather to leverage the below resources.

We understand that user experience research creates an extremely large amount of data and that programs do not give you all the information you need. Help is also available to combine data from multiple pieces of equipment and answer your research questions.

To learn more about these resources, please contact the ETRA department at 815-753-9339.

User Experience Laboratory (UX Lab) is a full-service research laboratory that specializes in the advancement of mobile and web-based applications.

Remote eye-trackers (Quantity 2)

Eye-tracking testing is paving the way to the future in countless fields and industries, from medicine to education. Remote eye tracking systems helps researchers to trace eye-gaze movements of the users with screen-based applications.

Mobile eye-tracker (Quantity 1)

The mobile eye-tracker records the eye-gaze movements of the users while interacting with the environment. A wearable mobile eye tracking device imports the data recorded by glasses and then analyze it with its wide range of tools.

Brain Wave Monitoring Device (EEG)
w/5 channels (Quantity 2) and w/16 channels (Quantity 1)

Brain wave monitoring system, aka electroencephalogram (EEG), is used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain. An EEG tracks and records brain wave patterns. The electrical activity of the brain is useful to detect brain activities of the subject including stress level, engagement, excitement and cognitive activities.

3D Printing

In the lab, we have two MakerBot Replicator+ printers. When not being used in classes, these printers are available to ETRA students to gain invaluable hands-on experience. Training sessions are available.

LEGO Robots

One commonly used tool in STEM programs are LEGO robots. In the lab, we have six sets of both kinds. Specifically, there are two kinds depending on complexity: WeDo and EV3. The WeDo robots are similar to normal LEGOs and can be used to create flowers, shake tables, and simple robots. The EV3 are more tailored to robots and have many different motors and sensors. Both kinds of sets are available for use, with LEGO providing excellent training software available on either one of our computers or from the web. We also have training sessions at LearnIT!

Other Technologies

From time to time, we have students or professors who are interested in a specific technology. Every effort is made to get these technology for use in the lab. Past examples have included BBC Micro:Bits, Sphero robots, Arduino boards, and augmented reality tools. If you have a technology you are interested in and it is not available, let us know.


  • Office 2013

Data Analysis

  • RStudio
  • SPSS 24
  • M-Plus 7
  • HLM 7
  • Anaconda (Python)
  • RapidMiner Studio
  • Social Network Visualizer

3D Design

  • Inkscape
  • Sculptris
  • AutoDesk Fusion 360

Audio/Video Editing

  • Audacity
  • Adobe Audition CS6
  • Lightworks
  • VideoPad
  • Open Broadcast Studio (OBS)
  • Handbrake

Photo Editing

  • GIMP
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6

Design Prototyping

  • Pencil


  • Adobe Captivate
  • MIT App Inventor ready