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Computer Science: Active Learning in Computing (ALiC)

 Active Learning in Computing (ALiC)

England's only Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Computer Science. The Active Learning in Computing (ALiC) initiative seeks to facilitate a shift towards far higher levels of active student engagement where knowledge is obtained by sharing, problem-solving and creating, rather than by passive listening.

This level of active learner-engagement will be achieved through a stronger emphasis on group-work and individual project-work. The mechanisms for this include delivery of assessments and tools supporting active learning techniques; and revolutionising the learning environment to enable students to control the pace and style of their learning.

The Techno-Café

To be successful, a change in teaching style necessitates a change in learning environment. With rows of desks and limited space, the traditional design of IT labs is barely suitable for individual coding work, let alone more interactive work. The Techno-Café provides a more flexible working environment, providing access to a range of modern technology within purpose-built workspaces, which together support the various and distinct activities required in the subject.


ALiC research team at Durham also formed the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) research group. For more information our state of the art research and PhD opportunities, please visit the TEL research page.

Partner Institutions

CETL ALiC is a collaboration between Durham and other three UK institutions.

Supporting Industrial Liaisons

CETL ALiC is supported by industry and commerce. Our partners include:

Active Learning in Computing Mid-term Evaluation


Contact Details

Full details are given on the Contact Details page