Content of Submissions

The trend towards massification in higher education has resulted inter alia in the proliferation of large classes. Ironically, alongside that trend is the belief that teaching and learning in large class contexts is problematic (Cuseo, 2007). 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 and move instead to focusing on the nature of teaching, learning and assessment in this context regardless of what is perceived as ‘large’ in order 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).

Submissions imply the willingness of at least one author to register, attend the symposium, and present the paper. Scroll down this page for Google Form for submission of papers.

Submissions should fulfil the following criteria:

  • approximately 1,500 words in length

  • Papers must be written in English

  • Abstract summarising key points of the paper ( maximum 150 words)

  • Keywords

  • Clear description of the teaching context including nature/profile of class, numbers of students and teaching strategies/approaches in use, challenges for teaching and learning

  • Literature review supporting the teaching approaches in use

  • Empirical methodology / data if available but not required

  • Analysis of/ reflection on / implications for current practice

  • References (APA format)

  • Manuscript formatted using the PHELC22 style template

  • Papers to be submitted through this PHELC22 Paper Submission Google Form

Possible topics for 2023 symposium may include but are not limited to ...

  • ... formative and/or summative assessment

  • ... self assessment, peer assessment, groupwork

  • ... sustainable approaches to providing feedback at scale

  • ... assessment for / of / as learning

  • ... student engagement

  • ... active learning / problem based learning / challenge based learning

  • ... inclusion and diversity

  • ... using technology

  • ... universal design for learning

  • ... synchronous and asynchronous approaches

  • ... impact of Covid-19 on large class teaching and learning

Submission Procedure

Dates for submission and acceptance TBA

Links to forms / templates TBA

To make a submission, please complete the following steps:

STEP 1: Papers must be written in English and must follow the instructions in this PHELC23 style template . When you click on the template link, a new window will open which will force a download of the word document to your device which you should be able to see at the bottom of your screen. If you do not see it immediately, check your downloads folder. Overall wordcount is 1,500 words approximately. To facilitate anonymous review, please ensure that your manuscript does not reveal your identity.

STEP 2: Complete the PHELC23 Google Form to register your paper submission for PHELC. Upload your paper at the end of the Google Form. You should be able to upload the template to the Google Form if you are logged into your Google Account. If you experience difficulty, please email

Acceptance notification by TBA, 2023. Please note that at least one author of an accepted paper will be expected to present at PHELC. Presentations types will vary; the convenors will indicate presentation type to authors of accepted papers.

Camera ready due by TBA, 2023.

Submissions imply the willingness of at least one author to register, attend the symposium, and present the paper.

Symposium 19 June, 2023 @ TBA CET

Please note that symposium proceedings will be published in September 2023 on this website.