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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Using "Dante's Peak" to Discuss Response to Risk part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars: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.
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The Global Environment part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars: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 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 Course Design:Goals Database
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Designing Sustainable Societies by Incorporating Indigenous Realism part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Earth Education for Sustainable Societies:Essays
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Sustainability is not optional; it is a requirement if we wish to ensure the viability of future generations. Unfortunately, the concept of sustainability is too ...
Conference Presentations (3)
Workshops for Place-Based Earth Education part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Poster Sessions:Posters
On October 14-16, 2019, a group of Earth educators participated in the Earth Education for Sustainable Societies Workshop held in Northfield, MN. At the workshop, we discussed ideas designed to strengthen Earth ...
NAGT Advocacy: Outreach to Support Geoscience Education part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers' (NAGT) mission has three primary goals: to improve geoscience education, to emphasize the relevance and cultural significance of the earth sciences, and to ...
Mapping The Environment With Sensory Perception: An Interdisciplinary Module For Examining Environmental Contamination And Impact part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous 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 (6)
On the Cutting Edge part of EarthConnections:Program Descriptions
NAGT, as part of our On The Cutting Edge program would provide services including delivery of our traveling workshops. NAGT will support the EarthConnections annual summit by colocating and integrating it with our annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. NAGT will use its communications infrastructure to inform its membership and the broader community about Earth Connections including its activities, opportunities and impact and encourage participation and advancement of the pathway concept.
Central Section, Geo2YC: The Two-Year College Division
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