Montana State University-Bozeman
I am a metamorphic petrologist by training with long-term research interests in evolution of Archean continental crust in SW Montana, and in mid-crustal petrogenetic procescesses (migmatite formation). I have also worked on the surface chemistry of minerals using a variety of spectroscopic methods (Auger and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Time-of-Flight SIMS), life in extreme environments (Lake Vostok ice core, Yellowstone acid-sulfate hot springs), and fluid inclusions of submarine hydrothermal systems. My interests in geoscience (and STEM) education began in 1992 in response to reading Project 2061 Science for All Americans (AAAS, 1989). My first NSF/CCD project was to develop an Environmental Geology Course Using a Question-Asking Problem-Solving approach. At that time I was concerned about the low level of participation by geoscientists in NSF education programs, and subsequently served as Program Officer at NSF in the Division of Undergraduate Education (1995-96). Since that time I have been involved with: teacher preparation (Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation); digital libraries (co-author of the DLESE Community Plan and the NSDL Pathways to Progress plans); geo-ed community-building events (Teaching Mineralogy workshop; Scrutiny of Undergraduate Geoscience Eduation; Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education; Using Data in the Classroom); discipline-based education research (Bringing Research on Learning to the Geosciences; co-editor Earth and Mind; NRC report 2012). I am recipient of the 2000 AGU Award for Excellence in Geophysics Education. I have also served on NSF Committees of Visitors, EarthScope Science and Education Committee, EarthChem Advisory Board, GSA Chair of Education Division and Education Committee, Associate Editor GSA Bulletin and American Mineralogist. I have recently been appointed as Head of the Dept. of Earth Sciences (a 3 year sentence), and thus my new self-identity.
Cutting Edge part of Cutting Edge
The On the Cutting Edge project helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods through workshops and websites which combine to provide professional development opportunities, resources, and opportunities for faculty to interact with colleagues around the world.
Microbial Life - Educational Resources part of Microbial Life
This site contains educational and supporting materials for students and teachers of microbiology, including information about microorganisms and extremophiles, and links to online resources about ecology, diversity and evolution of micro-organisms.
Integrating Research and Education part of Integrating Research and Education
This website contains educational modules and digital library technologies that can be used to translate exciting new scientific discoveries into effective instructional practice.
Website Content Contributions
Critical Review of a Journal Article: An Assessment Activity part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
In this exercise students do a formal review of a journal article using review criteria established for the Geological Society of America Bulletin or American Mineralogist. The quality of the students' ...
Guided Discovery and Scoring Rubric for Petrographic Analysis of a Thin Section part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
A guided discovery approach is used to "unpack" the methods and observations used by "master" petrographers in the petrographic analysis of a thin section. A series of spread sheets are used to ...
Calculating Compositional Variation and Common Substitutions for Igneous and Metamorphic Minerals part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
This problem set uses Excel spreadsheets to calculate mineral formulae from analytical data (typically from the electron microprobe) using a variety of formulations that assume numerous variations of crystal ...
Directed Discovery of Crystal Structures part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Mineralogy:Activities
This online exercise uses a "discovery-based" approach and the latest online crystallographic information and visualization software to teach the spatial relationships and crystal-chemical rules that ...
Mineral Classification - What's in a Name? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Mineralogy:Activities
Students derive their own scheme for identifying and naming minerals. Examples include different minerals that have the same crystal forms, and mineral species that occur with numerous forms and varieties to ...
Beartooth Highway Field Trip and Activities part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
Darrell Henry, Louisiana State University Dave Mogk, Montana State University Intended Audience: This field trip and related exercises was used for a Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century workshop, but may be ...
Directed-Discovery of Crystal Structures Using Ball and Stick Models part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Mineralogy:Activities
In this series of exercises, a kind of reductionist approach is used to direct the students attention to specific characteristics of a variety of ball and stick models. Through a series of leading questions, ...
Field Notes part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Mineralogy:Activities
Field Notes provides instructors with helpful tips for a successful field trip. The tips include a well-developed literature review for designing and assessing field trips. Barriers to learning in the field can be ...
When and How Did Continental Crust Form? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
Many models have been proposed regarding the timing and mechanisms that first formed the continental crust. The purpose of this exercise is to help students explore the question of crustal genesis and evolution ...
Modeling Exsolution (and Perthite Formation) as an Example of Complex-System Behavior part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Students use a physical model, computer simulation, examples from the natural world, visualizations, and overarching thought experiments to explore this phenomenon. Exsolution embodies attributes of a complex ...
Beartooth Highway Field Trip and Activities part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
This day-long field trip was part of the Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century workshop. The activity description/assignment file provided below includes 3 field exercises, including outcrop observation and ...
Tsunami Think-Pair-Share part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
David Mogk, Montana State University Course: Environmental Geology 60 students Connecting course topics to real life can be very powerful. The Activity The semester immediately following the December, 2004 tsunami ...
Metamorphic Petrology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
Metamorphic petrology covers the chemical and physical work done in natural systems in response to changing physical conditions. Petrogenetic processes such as recrystallization, continuous and discontinuous ...
Mineralogy part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
Introduction to mineralogy includes the following topics: hand sample identification of rock forming minerals, including physical properties, occurrences, assemblages; principles of crystallography and crystal ...
An Earth Science Curriculum By Design part of Integrate:Workshops:Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce:Essays
David Mogk, Dept. Earth Sciences, Montana State University The Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, recently implemented a top to bottom revision of its curriculum. We are a department that ...
Research on Learning in the Geosciences: Contexts, Goals and Opportunities part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
David Mogk, Earth Sciences, Montana State University - BozemanOriginally prepared for a workshop on Bringing Research on Learning to the Geosciences, sponsored by NSF and the Johnson Foundation, Racine WI, July ...
Teaching Geoscience Methods in the Field part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Teaching geoscience methods in the field Dave Mogk, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University Learning in the field has traditionally been one of the fundamental components of the geoscience curriculum. ...
Teaching the methods of geoscience in a mineralogy class part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Teaching the methods of geoscience in a mineralogy class Dave Mogk, Dept. Earth Sciences, Montana State University Mineralogy is often the "gateway" course to the geoscience major. As such, it plays an ...
Budgets part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Reflections on why the debate on national debt does not apply the same reasoning to the issue of climate change.
In the Eye of the Beholder part of Earth and Mind:Posts
I recently had the pleasure of attending a multi-media performance, "A Universe of Dreams", which showed spectacular astronomical images acquired by the Hubble space telescope, set to the lilting Celtic ...
Term Limits part of Earth and Mind:Posts
What are the pros and cons of the semester v. quarter system for academic terms?
Is This Just a Phase We're Going Through? part of Earth and Mind:Posts
A simple understanding of phase relations would have predicted the formation of gas hydrates in efforts to cap the BP oil spill, and would have saved time, energy and resources in developing a viable solution.
Work Done On, By, and To the Earth: part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Workshop 2010:Participant Essays
Complex Physical, Chemical, Biological and Anthropogenic Interactions in the Earth System David W. Mogk, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University I have advocated using an Earth system approach to ...
Déjà Vu All Over Again part of Earth and Mind:Posts
The arguments that Galileo used to defend his model of celestial mechanics are every bit as applicable today in the cultural wars about matters of Science and faith. Read what Galileo has to say.
Efficiency part of Earth and Mind:Posts
We hear a lot about efficiency these days. One school of economics will argue that the free market is the best way to efficiently run the economy. Civil engineers seek the most efficient way to transport storm ...
Through a Lens Darkly and Then Face to Face* part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Photography has transformative power through 1) representations of Nature into cultural, artistic artifacts, 2) growth of young scientists, and 3)connections of the viewing public to Natural history.
Not Invented Here part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Digital information technologies provide universal access to tried and tested instructional materials and resources, thus freeing faculty from "reinventing the wheel" in curriculum development and ...
Winner Take All part of Earth and Mind:Posts
The "Tyranny of the Majority" has applications in the classroom as well as in the political arena. A "winner take all" attitude, in which only one style of instruction or assessment is used, is ...
Helping Parents Help Their Children to Discover Nature part of Earth and Mind:Posts
In the overall movement to support (geo)science education, what are we doing to help parents help their children experience, appreciate, and interpret Nature?
How I Got Here Part III: Towards Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the Earth Sciences part of Earth and Mind:Posts
The authro reflects on how community services were developed to support scholarship of teaching and learning in the Earth Sciences.
How I Got Here Part II: Building Community part of Earth and Mind:Posts
View Part I: Enlightenment. I was ready for a change in my academic life. And, I was on a mission. How could anything as important as living responsibly on Earth (through understanding Earth history, its ...
Conation part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Conation translates knowledge (cognition) and emotion (affect) into behavior and action.
How I Got Here Part I: Enlightenment part of Earth and Mind:Posts
The author reflects on 15 years of work on behalf of geoscience education–influences, events and people that have shaped his experiences and insights as a starting point for this blog series. This first ...
Dave Mogk part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Workshop 08:Participant Essays
Thinking As a Geologist: Master-Novice Relations and Metacognition David W. Mogk, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University For geoscience majors, and to a lesser extent for all students in my classes, one ...
David Mogk part of Cutting Edge:Affective Domain:Workshop 07:Workshop Participants
Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University Homepage Essay 1: Teaching in the Field "We're going on a field trip!" the instructor announces enthusiastically to the class, expecting that ...
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