About CeLT Research

TThe Centre for Learning & Teaching Research (CeLT) is an interdepartmental and multidisciplinary research group of CITY College - the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield. Being part of a world-class research-led University and committed to providing tertiary education of the highest quality, CITY College formed CeLT in 2001 with the aim of advancing and promoting learning and teaching through applied research. As both learning/teaching and research are central and equally significant to the educational mission of CITY College, CeLT plays a pivotal role in realizing strategic priorities by wedding values with actions.

With the leadership of the Computer Science Department and the guidance of the Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching, the Centre for Learning and Teaching Research has been actively involved in meaningful and academically rigorous research on and for education for over 15 years. Our research is focused on investigating novel pedagogies that foster learning, facilitate teaching, and best meet learners' growing needs and changes of the 21st century. CELT effectively integrates academic staff from across disciplines, backgrounds and interests by providing a supportive environment that sparks creativity and promotes interdisciplinary research.

CeLT Mission Statement

promote and inspire excellence and innovation in learning and teaching by
establishing preeminence in the scientific understanding of educational effectiveness.

CeLT Research Objectives

examine contemporary learners’ needs and pedagogical, cognitive, technological, cultural, and social challenges in the context of education

design, formulate and develop novel learning methods and teaching strategies, creative pedagogic models, curricula and training programs

formally evaluate and assess the effectiveness and efficiency
of innovative learning and teaching methods across disciplines

disseminate the research findings and innovative practices
in learning and teaching through different channels and activities

explore collaborations with colleagues and researchers from
academic and non-academic institutions in order to maximize impact

Thematic Research Areas

Instructional Design

Theoretical & Methodological Issues, Curriculum Development, Innovative Assessment & Feedback Methods, Active Learning Strategies, Research-led Learning, Collaborative Learning, Novel Pedagogies.


Educational Technologies

Mobile Technologies and Applications, BYOD in the Classroom, Web Technologies & Applications, Video and Multimedia, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Tools for Educational Communication and Collaboration.

Learner Engagement

Learning styles, Personalized Learning, Gamification, Game-based Learning, Serious Games, Storytelling, Extra-curricular Activities, Learner Diversity, Peer Relationships, Mentoring and Personal Support.

Social Media and eLearning

Learning Management Systems, Virtual Learning Environments, Social Media and Networks for L/T, Learning Analytics & Educational Data Mining, Blended Learning, Distance Learning, MOOCs.

Higher Education Provision

Quality Assurance, Accreditation, Partnerships, Internationalisation, Entrepreneurial Universities, Collaboration with Industry, Teacher Professional Development, Policies, Management & Performance.

Computer Science Education

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Capstone Projects, Software Engineering, Programming, Innovation and Creativity for CS, Entrepreneurship, Networks, Legal Ethical and Social Issues, Professional Practice.