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Anthropology’s Greg Downey receives VC award

Page last published: 23 Apr 2014

A/Prof Greg Downey, Head of the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University

Associate Professor Greg Downey, head of the Department of Anthropology, was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence during the Autumn 2014 Graduation Ceremonies.

The Award recognises outstanding teachers who positively enhance students' learning outcomes and experiences.

A/Prof Greg Downey is the creator of 'Becoming Human: Anthropology', Macquarie University's first Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) as part of Open2Study. Through this MOOC, Downey strives to bring anthropology into the public eye. He also teaches in a wide variety of units, including Anth 151 – Human Evolution and Diversity.

Downey's course designs have become models for many instructors. An example of this is the 'Bringing the Learning Home', an innovative and open curriculum he helped to create for improving study abroad.

In his application for the Award, Downey stated:

"My educational philosophy is that students learn best when they feel both inspiration and a sense of direction – when our own excitement, love of learning and care for them is coupled with a clear understanding of how their education matters, both for themselves and the world in which we live."

Congratulations to A/Prof Greg Downey and to all the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence award winners from other faculties.