Dr Donkin was awarded a Degree of Biomedical Science from the University of South Australia in 2000 and completed a PhD in Lumbar intervertebral disc infection: pathology, prevention and treatment at The University of Adelaide in 2006.
While studying for her PhD she found her passion for teaching, completing a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) from the University of Adelaide in 2004.
She has held positions in national and international universities teaching in nursing, medicine and biomedical sciences. She is the Program Coordinator for Medical Laboratory Science and teaches Histology and Haematology, in the discipline of Biomedical Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Dr Donkin has a research interest in biomedical education developing adaptive eLearning modules, virtual microscopy, pathology and work integrated learning with her publications available from the USC Research Bank. She was awarded an Advanced Quality Teaching award in 2015, a Highly Commended ABLE Award – Advancing the Blended Learning Environment in 2017 and another ABLE Award – Advancing the Blended Learning Environment in 2018.
Current research grants
|Project name||Investigators||Funding body||Focus|
|Utilising virtual microscopy with online blended learning to enhance first year student engagement and learning.||Donkin, R; Kearney, J; Simon, G; Ford, J; Yule, H; Farah, C; Rakesh, K.||C-SALT Exploratory Learning and Teaching Grant USC $10,000||Virtual microscopy in histology and haematology|
|Virtual patient case studies as a training resource to develop critical thinking for self-directed learning in a distributed program.||Donkin, R; Holmes, M; Simon, G; Ford, McAleer, A; Askew, E.||C-SALT Enhancement Learning and Teaching Grant USC $20,000||Virtual microscopy for distributed teaching programs|
- biomedical education
- work integrated learning
- Clinical Placement: Pathology
Rebecca's specialist areas of knowledge include histology, pathology, infection, medical, nursing, haematology, biomedical science.