The New Education: edX

edX_Logo_Col_RGB_FINALAlways wanted to take a class at Harvard? MIT? Berkeley? Now you can. Better still, you can take that class free, online, wherever you are.

EdX is the brainchild of a partnership between Harvard and MIT. The goal? To provide the best courses, from the best professors, via the best schools, in an interactive classroom environment that brings learners together from all over the world. There are a variety of certificate options available to students, including the free honors certificate. EdX can also guide you in ways to receive high school and university credit for the work you do in edX courses. For our GermU Launch we are featuring the HarvardX course ChinaX. Our Creative Director and Staff Ninja, Shannon Duval, has been a student since course launch October 31st, 2013.

Read on to hear about her experiences. Write on if you have taken an edX course and want to share your own experience.

Whatever you do, Germ Nation, check out edx. New courses are beginning each month and there’s one that will be your soul mate class. We just know it.

R. Shannon Duval is a Ph.D in philosophy, Fulbright Scholar, second degree black belt in TaeKwonDo, and a national champion in kali arnis.  Known as "The Wonder Ninja" for her dual careers in philosophy and martial arts, Germ's Educational Director (and Consulting Editor of Germ U) has traveled to lands far and near, and has discovered that while the pen is mightier than the sword in all of them, swords are still an awful lot of fun.  She loves playing hide and seek in things that are bigger on the inside than the outside, simultaneously wielding distinctions and edged weapons, and pondering the original nature of snowmen. Have a great idea for using Germ in the classroom? Contact her at


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