Michael Phillips

Natural Sciences & Business

Illinois Valley Community College

Mike earned his BS ('86) and MS ('90) degrees at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  From 1989-1997 he worked as an Environmental Geologist for several private consulting firms and then for the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS).  While at the ISGS, he began teaching geology as an adjunct for Shawnee Community College and John A. Logan College in southern Illinois.  In 1997, he began teaching geology full-time for Illinois Valley Community College in north central Illinois where he also helped develop the college's Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment taught professional development courses in Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs).  Mike has attended many Cutting Edge, Integrate, and other professional development workshops offered through SERC.

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Course Modules (8)

Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
This module connects students' personal sensory experiences to environmental data collected and analyzed by geoscientists, cultural impacts documented by social scientists, and the communication of ...

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Unit 1: Data Set Analysis part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, students will be introduced to different data types used in the geosciences and other disciplines to understand environmental problems. The instructor will discuss the difference between qualitative ...

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Unit 2: Sensory Log & Holistic Reflection part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, students will keep a log of immediate, personal sensory experiences by pausing once each hour over a period of ten hours and recording the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile experiences they ...

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Unit 4: Case Study Analysis part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, student groups will evaluate different environmental case studies to critically investigate qualitative and quantitative data analysis, collection, and inquiry. Students will begin to consider ...

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Unit 3: Sensory Data Collection part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, students will develop protocols for the collection of sensory data (scents and/or sounds), plan and execute the field collection of sensory data using developed protocols, analyze collected data, and ...

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Part 1: Sensory data collection protocol development part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In Part 1 of this unit, students will develop protocols for the collection of sensory data to address a guiding question. The data collected will consist of scents or sounds. The advantage of using sensory data is ...

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Part 2: Field work planning & investigation part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In Part 2 of this unit, student groups will plan and execute the field collection of sensory data (scents and/or sounds) using previously developed data collection protocols. The advantage of using sensory data is ...

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Unit 5: Sensory Map Development part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, student groups will use sensory data (scents and/or sounds) collected in the field to create maps of the sensory environment and relate their findings to larger environmental problems identified in ...

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Activities (15)

Using "Dante's Peak" to Discuss Response to Risk part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Activities
In this classroom activity, students watch the movie "Dante's Peak" up to the point where Harry Dalton's supervisor arrives and talks to the town council. Students then compare and contrast Harry's assessment and advice to that of his supervisor, discuss the reaction of the town council members, and develop their own recommendations for how the scientists and town should proceed.

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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Unit 1: Data Set Analysis part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, students will be introduced to different data types used in the geosciences and other disciplines to understand environmental problems. The instructor will discuss the difference between qualitative ...

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Unit 2: Sensory Log & Holistic Reflection part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, students will keep a log of immediate, personal sensory experiences by pausing once each hour over a period of ten hours and recording the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile experiences they ...

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Unit 4: Case Study Analysis part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, student groups will evaluate different environmental case studies to critically investigate qualitative and quantitative data analysis, collection, and inquiry. Students will begin to consider ...

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Unit 3: Sensory Data Collection part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, students will develop protocols for the collection of sensory data (scents and/or sounds), plan and execute the field collection of sensory data using developed protocols, analyze collected data, and ...

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Part 1: Sensory data collection protocol development part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In Part 1 of this unit, students will develop protocols for the collection of sensory data to address a guiding question. The data collected will consist of scents or sounds. The advantage of using sensory data is ...

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Part 2: Field work planning & investigation part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In Part 2 of this unit, student groups will plan and execute the field collection of sensory data (scents and/or sounds) using previously developed data collection protocols. The advantage of using sensory data is ...

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Unit 5: Sensory Map Development part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, student groups will use sensory data (scents and/or sounds) collected in the field to create maps of the sensory environment and relate their findings to larger environmental problems identified in ...

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Case Study 3: My Water Smells (and Tastes) Like Gasoline! part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
Compiled and modified for instructional use by: Mike Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College, mike_phillips@ivcc.edu Wedron, Illinois — LUST, dust, and other sensory impacts This case study is an examination ...

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Natural Hazards Term Project part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Environmental Geology:Activities
Students apply the concepts learned in the class by preparing two (2) term projects discussing two natural hazards and how they impact the area where the student lives (or an area the student might like to live ...

Environmental Geology of the Area where you Live part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students research and report on the environmental geology (resources and hazards) of the area around their home. The project helps develop students' abilities to apply what they have learned.

Expedition to the PreCambrian part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Early Earth:Activities
A group exercise that investigates geological, atmospheric, hydrologic, and biological conditions during the Hadean, Archean, and Proterozoic. Students will plan a trip to a certain time period within the ...

Election Project part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Public Policy:Activities
Students research and report on candidates positions on issues relevant to the course. Students get to apply what they have covered in class to real events relevant to their current and future lives.

Does A River Have Rights? part of GeoEthics:Activities
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Summary Individual students have different ethical "lines." This class discussion proceeds with a series of prompts that presents a set of scenarios ...

Energy Policy part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Public Policy:Activities
Students research and make recommendations regarding the petroleum energy policy of the U.S. with respect to other countries.

Courses (3)

The Global Environment part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Courses
This is an interdisciplinary course that introduces students to the study of environmental issues. Students read about and discuss a broad range of issues where humans interact with the environment. Topics range ...

Historical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This course is an introductory study of geologic history of the Earth. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of rocks and fossils as a means of understanding the Earth's history.

Historical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Course Design:Goals Database
Mike Phillips , mike_phillips@ivcc.edu Illinois Valley Community College a Two Year College . Course URL: http://www2.ivcc.edu/phillips/courses/gel1009/map-hist.htm Subject: ...

Essays (3)

Flooding in Ottawa, IL part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Real-World Examples
Michael Phillips, Natural Sciences & Business, Illinois Valley Community College Summary Ottawa, Illinois, was incorporated in 1853 at the confluence the Illinois River and the Fox River and along the Illinois ...

Geoscience Projects That Bring the Community into the Classroom part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
I began my professional career working full-time as an environmental geologist outside of academia. I began teaching evening classes at a community college because I wanted to show students that geology was not just as an interesting look into how the earth operates but how the study of the earth directly impacts their lives. To that end, I have used my consulting experiences to shape my assignments, my instruction, and my community outreach.

Incorporating Environmental Justice as Part of a Holistic Approach to Environmental Science Courses part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Essays
Mike Phillips, , Illinois Valley Community College At the beginning of my professional career, I worked for an environmental consulting firm investigating hazardous waste sites throughout the Midwest. I ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Mapping The Environment With Sensory Perception: An Interdisciplinary Module For Examining Environmental Contamination And Impact part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday B
Fully understanding and characterizing environmental problems requires an interdisciplinary approach that draws from a variety of fields. The initial affect of contamination is most often noted when people detect ...

Other Contributions (3)

Undergraduate Research in Geoscience at Illinois Valley Community College part of SAGE 2YC:Undergraduate Research with 2YC Students:Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Michael Phillips, Natural Sciences & Business. Departmental/Institutional Context I teach at a medium-size (appx 4000 fte students and 80 full-time faculty) ...

Connecting Students to the World they Live In part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Mini Workshops:Connecting Students to the World they Live in
Courses in earth sciences have an inherent connection to the world in which our students live. In this session, we will begin with a discussion of pedagogies that engage the students and use faculty experiences to ...

Physical Geology at Illinois Valley Community College part of Math You Need:Implementations
Instructor: Mike Phillips Enrollment: 30-45 Challenges to using math in introductory geoscience In my physical geology course, students abilities in math vary widely. Many students have tested into and are ...