Midsummer Break

There’s still a bit of time left before the ramp-up to Fall classes. And, for those that have been teaching during the Summer term, hopefully, there is some time in your schedule for a well-deserved break.

We have a few posts coming about your course shell, tips for your students, and other eLearning-related topics. But, ideally, summer also means a little space to kickback, recharge, and explore some new things.

So here’s a mid-summer gift to you of some lighter things I’ve found recently related to learning, online learning, and, well, relaxing. Enjoy!

1. From Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium (New York City), a list of the eight books every single intelligent person on the planet should read. Better yet, the linked article will even direct you to free online versions of these books, when available.

2. A free online course from Stanford University on the art of living. Over 17 videos, the course uses “great works of literature and philosophy to explore what it means to live a well-lived life.”

3. Not to be outdone, here is video footage eight all-star professors from Harvard University each discussing their favorite ideas.

4. Continuing the Harvard theme, check out this course where Harvard science professors and professional chefs team up to use cooking to explain principles of physics and engineering.

5. Still hungry? Here’s a fascinating post on the cultural history of lunch.

6. Whether you like to ride your bike for exercise or transportation – or just like to watch others ride their bikes – here is a collection of videos about the history, physics, physiology, and technology of cycling.

7. Build with LEGOs in 3-D using the Chrome browser.

8. If none of these float your relaxation boat, here’s a list of five ways to recharge during the summer, courtesy of GradHacker.

Happy summer!

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About kate marshall

I work for the Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas Christian University. I am interested in technology, teachers, learners, and pedagogy - and the relationship(s) among these four. I also like cooking, knitting, and running (alas, in that order!).

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