PHELC workshop: Assessment for large classes

Pedagogy for Higher Education Large Classes (PHELC): Insights into teaching large classes from an evidence-based, higher education practice perspective – Workshop co-located with HEAd’20 Conference, Valencia, Spain.

Below, you can find a summary of the workshop. For complete information, please check the PHELC workshop website.

On Tuesday, 2 June 2020 (13:30 – 18:00) the HEAd Conference will host a pre-conference Special Interest Group symposium entitled Pedagogy for Higher Education Large Classes (PHELC) at Universitat Politècnica de València. The theme of the 2020 PHELC symposium will be ‘Assessment for Large Classes’.

The workshop convenors are Ann Marie Farrell and Dr Anna Logan, Dublin City University. This will be the second PHELC symposium; the first was held on 25 June 2019, also in Valencia.

Rationale for PHELC

The trend towards massification in higher education has resulted inter alia in the proliferation of large classes. However, there is no consensus on what constitutes ‘large’ (Kerr, 2011). The purpose of this symposium is to move the emphasis away from the contested term ‘large’ class to focus instead on the nature of teaching, learning and assessment in this context regardless of what is perceived as ‘large’. The aim of the symposium is to identify pedagogical and assessment possibilities which are appropriate for large classes and which maximise student learning, engagement and participation in that context. As such this symposium responds to recent calls for a pedagogical rather than a numerical focus to the debate (Prosser & Trigwell, 2014).

Overview of PHELC Special Interest Workshop, 2 June

The theme of this year’s pre-conference symposium is ‘Assessment for Large Classes’. The symposium will be four hours in duration. It will include a mix of extended presentations, poster presentations, lightening presentations and workshop(s). Papers submitted will be reviewed by a panel established by the two convenors. The outcomes from the workshop will be published on this website with DOI. Accepted authors will be expected to provide poster presentations of their papers. At least two papers will be selected for extended presentations. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to register for the symposium.

For more information, please access the PHELC workshop website.