Askew says didactic lectures still have a place for his students, but so does “flipped learning,” which allows students to learn material independently and then discuss and expand their findings in a classroom setting. Undergrads and grad students are seen as collaborators who bring their unique learning and teaching styles to Askew’s classroom.
“If your approach is that they do have ideas that are relevant and they can help me improve, I think that is fantastic,” says Askew. Teaching assistants in Askew’s classroom are more than surrogate instructors: they evaluate their professor, offer thoughts about what worked and didn’t and suggest alternative methods of learning. “It has helped me improve and the students learn,” says Askew. “As long as you have the humility to accept that undergraduates and graduate students have really good ideas, it’s a win for everyone.”
Featured image at top: David Askew, professor in the UC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the College of Medicine. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand.