How can instructional designers overcome faculty resistance to changes in teaching?

May 13, 2016

“It’s not unusual … to encounter instructors reluctant to give up their go-to lecture or PowerPoint Presentation” when pitching ideas for new teaching methods, writes Rian Ervin for EdSurge. Instructional designers are usually the individuals who encourage the adoption of new teaching methods and technologies, Ervin adds, and the best way for them to overcome faculty resistance to changes in teaching is to respect the professor’s expertise and work on establishing a trusting relationship. The article explores some of the concrete ways that instructional designers can foster better relationships with faculty, which include “breaking learning topics into concrete, teachable skills, providing facts and research about learning methodologies, or enlisting early adopters to help faculty struggling to use a new technology or learning platform.” EdSurge