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Our Mission

SmartSpace@NIU establishes eLearning communities that encourage collaboration among K-12 learners, current and future educators, and the community. Our online experiences are designed to promote creativity and to help K-12 learners engage in technology- and literacy-based activities and make connections across various disciplines.

We open doors for pre-service candidates to become well-prepared educators by engaging with highly diverse student populations and cutting-edge, technology-based instructional delivery modes. In addition, we provide NIU with a direct link for faculty to work closely with youth and teachers to explore innovative learning opportunities in academic and career areas.

SmartSpace@NIU utilizes part of the iFiber broadband network, which connects institutions throughout northern Illinois to high speed internet access.