Geophotography Webinar Series 2013
April 2, 2013
Geophotography as Pedagogy: Students Creating and Using Geologic Images - David Mogk, Montana State University
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Duration - 1 hour. The presentation will be 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion.
Format - Online web presentation via phone and Blackboard Collaborate web conference software with questions and answers following.
About the Author:David Mogk is Professor of Geology and Head of the Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University. He has been a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education in the US National Science Foundation, worked to develop digital libraries in support of geoscience education, is co-PI of the On the Cutting Edge Program for geoscience faculty professional development, and is co-principal investigator of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates project that was run in Yellowstone National Park the past couple of years. Among his other interests, he is interested in integration of Science and Art, and has co-taught a course with a colleague in the Photography Dept. at MSU, "A View on Earth" that brought together geology and photography students to explore ways to represent the dynamic Earth through photography; uses "old time" contra and square dances to illustrate symmetry operations in his Mineralogy class; has developed service-learning activities where students have photographed geologic features on local popular hiking trails to interpret these phenomena on a website to introduce the general public to Earth science; and is currently working with the Art Dept. at MSU to do X-ray crystallography of clay minerals from deposits traditionally used by Native Americans to make their pottery in the "Wild Clay" project. The Geophotography project is a continuation of his work in geoscience professional development training through the On the Cutting Edge program.Webinar Overview
This webinar will explore two practical dimensions of Teaching Geophotography: 1) Using geophotography as an integral part of course work, including development of photographic skills, student photo portofolios, and use of photo images to support other traditional course learning products; 2) given the amazing array of digital imagery that is now available on the WWW, what are the best practices for teaching and learning with these resources? Examples will be provided by the webinar leaders, and participants are invited to showcase their use of geophotography in their own teaching practices.
- Demonstrate a variety of teaching methods, strategies, and activities that utilize the methods of Geophotography in different instructional settings in the geosciences;
- Review "best practices" in teaching with visualizations in different geoscience courses, particularly as this relates to research from the cognitive sciences.
- Provide the opportunity for workshop participants to showcase and discuss the use of Geophotography in their own instructional practice.
References and ResourcesGeophotography as Pedagogy: Students Creating and Using Geologic Images.
Slides from Geophotography as Pedagogy: Students Creating and Using Geologic Images (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 8.7MB Apr2 13).
Recommended on-line resources:
- Through a Glass Darkly, and Then Face to Face--A blogpost by David Mogk on the Earth and Mind site with reflections on transformation of artist, viewer and nature by looking at the world through a camera lens.
- Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations: Using Images, Animations, and Models Effectively -- the On the Cutting Edge module that includes information on how to effectively teach with visualization, research from the cognitive sciences, examples and activities, and outcomes of the 2004 OCE workshop.
- Montana Trail Guides -- The service learning project in which students took photographic records of the landscape and geologic features of three popular hikes in the mountains surrounding Bozeman, MT, to interpret the natural history of the area for the interested public.
Examples of Teaching Activities using GeoPhotography
- Paul Bierman's Landscape Change Project, which re-occupies historical photographic sites and takes images 100 years later;
- Audrey Rule's Photographs of Snow Bank Structures;
- Atlases of Photographs to support instruction on topic X, such as Sedimentary Rock Type visualizations;
- Perry Samson's What is wrong with this picture?, an example of dissecting images for further meaning;
- Steve Harper's Geologic Photo Field Trips to View Rocks, Geologic Structures, and Landforms in Introductory Physical Geology
- Submit a Geophotography activity
- Submit a Geophotography course description
- Share a resource Geophotography resource