The Educational Technology Lab (ETLAB) is a group of dedicated educational technologists based at the University of Otago within the Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC), whose mission is to assist the university community in the effective use of information technology for advancing higher education through improving the processes and practices associated with research, teaching and learning within the university setting.

HEDC at the University of Otago was officially established as an academic department in 1978 by merging the Audiovisual Learning Centre with the Higher Education Research and Advisory Centre. HEDC is one of the oldest departments of its kind anywhere in the world. Substantial development has occurred over recent years and we now have a worldwide reputation for our research and this knowledge provides the basis for our service to the University. Our service commitment includes leadership in research, academic development and teaching in the field of higher education. HEDC works in partnership with staff and students to advance, preserve and promote the ideals, knowledge and values of higher education. HEDC has a large and highly valued cohort of New Zealand and international postgraduates who undertake PhD and Masters level research into contemporary issues in higher education.</p>