Some techniques to alleviate student barriers to innovative teaching:
- Explain why using a particular strategy at the start and at different times throughout the course.
- Share the research with students that illustrates its efficacy.
- Structure the course such that inter-student interactions are thought by students to be fair. For example, provide a mechanism for peer evaluation.
- Instructors need to be present to students. Ensure that your interactions with students inside and outside the classroom are affirming, genuine and occur on a daily basis. Don't hide behind the lecture podium.
- Make marking and grading transparent by, for example, providing the markng rubric at the time an assignment is assigned or when an exam is returned.
- Vary the instructional strategies used throughout the term to appeal to a wider cross-section of students.