You had me at bone marrow bingo
The study of blood doesn’t tend to conjure up images of classroom banter, bingo calls or The Biebs. Until Associate Lecturer Rebecca Keppel and her team of scientists decided to change all that. Together they’ve reimagined the way their students learn about haematology at UTS, designing a series of games and authentic assessments that help students learn what they need in a way that’s interesting to them.
With a warm impish smile and a laugh that makes her shoulders bob, it’s easy to see that Rebecca Keppel’s a bit of fun. And as she talks through the activities she’s introduced to her classes – like ‘bone marrow bingo’ and ‘diagnose a celebrity’ – you can’t help but get caught up in her enthusiasm. Which is funny, says Rebecca, because “I never thought I’d be a teacher. My mum was a teacher and I was set on a career in microbiology.”
Today, the Associate Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences (and a UTS biomedical science graduate) splits her time between both roles, teaching at the university and working at Liverpool Hospital.
Read the full story in the UTS Newsroom.