Pedagogy for Higher Education Large Classes (PHELC)

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Pedagogy for Higher Education Large Classes


Call for Papers for forthcoming special interest group workshop at Higher Education Advances (HEAd) Conference 2019

Insights into teaching large classes from an evidence-based, higher education practice perspective: Workshop collocated with HEAd '19 Conference, Valencia.

On Tuesday, 25 June 2019 (13:30 - 18:00) the HEAd Conference will host a Special Interest Group workshop entitled Pedagogy for Higher Education Large Classes (PHELC) at Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. The workshop convenors are Ann Marie Farrell and Dr Anna Logan, Dublin City University. We invite submissions from higher education teachers who are teaching large classes, often considered to be 100+ in size but may be less. Accepted papers will be published after the conference on the PHELC website.

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 workshop 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 workshop 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 seminar responds to recent calls for a pedagogical rather than a numerical focus to the debate (Prosser & Trigwell, 2014).

Overview of PHELC Special Interest Workshop, 25 June

The workshop will be four hours in duration (13:30-18:00). It will include three extended presentations, poster 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.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Approaches to assessment for, of and/or as learning
  • Use of technology
  • Teaching techniques and approach
  • Formative and summative assessment
  • Feedback to and from students and teacher to inform learning and teaching
  • Collaborative approaches to planning and assessment
  • Participation and engagement
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for large classes

Please see SUBMISSIONS page for full details.

HEAd Conference, Valencia, 26-29 June, 2019

The fifth Higher Education Advances (HEAd) Conference will be held on June 26-28, 2019 at the Faculty of Business Administration and Management of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), which has been recently ranked as the best technical university in Spain by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017.

HEAd is an international conference which brings together professors from higher education institutions all over the world.

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the capital city of the Comunitat Valenciana region, which is major tourist destination in summer.

Ann Marie Farrell

Ann Marie Farrell is Assistant Professor in the School of Inclusive and Special Education, Institute of Education, Dublin City University. She works on a range of under- and post-graduate teacher education programmes. Classes on some of these programmes are considered 'large' i.e. 100 up to 430 students. Click here for full profile.

Dr. Anna Logan

Dr. Anna Logan is Associate Professor in the School of Inclusive and Special Education, Institute of Education, Dublin City University where she teaches across seven undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programmes up to and including doctoral programmes. Anna has conducted, published and presented research relating to many aspects of higher education. Click here for full profile.