Teaching Geochemistry 2010
Friday, June 11
5:30 No-Host Dinner Knoxville Downtown Grill and Brewery.
Join us prior to the Teaching Geochemistry workshop for an informal meal together. Maps of downtown Knoxville, directions to the Convention Center
MEETING ROOM: 400A at the UT Conference Center. This is not the Convention Center, but the building is connected by a covered walkway.
7:00 Opening Plenary Session-- (Coffee and Dessert)
Welcome, Workshop introduction and goals (PowerPoint 229kB Jun15 10)--Dave Mogk
Whole Group Discussion: What should students be learning in our geochemistry classroom? --Dex Perkins, Discussion Leader
- What is an appropriate geochemistry curriculum?
- How does a geochemistry class fit into the overall geology curriculum
- How much of what they learn in a geochemistry class will they ever use again?
- Report out for group discussion (Microsoft Word 34kB Jun15 10)
Saturday, June 12
8:00 Coffee/Tea Service
8:30 Plenary I: Dex Perkins, What should students be learning in our geochemistry classroom: a holistic view (PowerPoint 6.9MB Jun15 10)
9:30 Dave Mogk, Resources available for you to use at SERC: What you need, when you need it!
- General Collections on Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry
- Special Collections: Phase Equilibria, Analytical Instruments, Clay Mineralogy, Mineral Physics, Understanding Deep Earth, Complex Systems
- Teaching Collections: Assessing Student Learning, Affective Domain, Metacognition, Teaching with Visualizations], [link /sp/library/models/index.html 'Teaching with Models, Using Date in the Classroom, Starting Point, Pedagogic Approaches, and much, much more....
- Please contribute; Please review!
10:30 Demonstrations I—Using Data
- Jeff Ryan, What's New With the MARGINS Mini-Collections? (PowerPoint 6.6MB Jun15 10)
- Kirsten Nicolaysen, Trace Element Data Using Innov-X PXRF (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 19.2MB Jun15 10)
- Dave Mogk, Teaching With the EarthChem Database
12:00 Lunch (catered near the room)
1:00 Plenary II: Darrell Henry, The role of Mineralogy-Petrology-Geochemistry courses in programmatic learning outcomes and their assessment (PowerPoint 5.6MB Jun15 10)
General group discussion on assessment
2:00 Demonstrations II--Teaching Activities
- Melanie Szulczewski, Experiments with Ultraviolet Radiation and the Greenhouse Effect
- David Hirsch, "Teaching Optical Mineralogy and Petrography Using a Variety of Visualizations"
- Uniaxial Positive Indicatrix Movie ( This site may be offline. ) and Biaxial Negative Indicatrix Movie ( This site may be offline. ) , these are big files and may take awhile to download!
- AFM Projection Animation, 24 Mb Quicktime move
- Dex Perkins Leader, Group Discussion: Teaching with Visualizations, What Works?, examples from the Teaching Phase Equilibria Module on Binary Phase Diagrams.
4:00 Jeff Ryan, Use of Instrumentation in Student Projects (PowerPoint 16MB Jun15 10)
5:00-6:00 Group Discussion: Pedagogy and Geochemistry Course Design Whole group discussion: "Best Practices" related to: (questions, comments, advice, sources of help....)
- Learning Environment Lecture, labs, activities, problem sets, projects....
- Learning Resources Textbooks, materials needed, instruments....
- Learning goals, assessments, outcomes?
Dinner: On your own in small groups, around town....
Sunday, June 13
8:30 Demonstrations III--Activities
- Dave Mogk, Exsolution as an Example of Complex System Behavior
- John Ayers, Rock Melting Exercise (PowerPoint 3.6MB Jun15 10)
- Megan Elwood Madden, Stability of Methane Clathrates (a parable for post-BP times!) (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.8MB Jun15 10)
10:15-12:00 General Teaching Strategies
- Aley el Shazley, Teaching Geochemistry with a lab: challenges, problems, and potential solutions (PowerPoint 4.6MB Jun15 10)
- Valerie Reynolds, Trace Element Partition Coefficients, Using GERM and the Scholarly Literature (PowerPoint 3.1MB Jun15 10)
- Dex Perkins, Strategies to help students become self-regulated and motivated learners (PowerPoint 461kB Jun15 10)
- Group Discussion
1:00-2:30 Small Working Groups: Develop a work plan for new instructional activities OR review recently submitted activities. Suggested topics....
- Stable Isotopes
- Mineral Resources/applied to modern materials
- Other topical geochemistry issues (cleaning up oil spills?)
- REVIEW EXERCISES
2:30-3:00 Report outs, Wrap-up and Workshop Evaluation