Update: Minnesota has given Coursera the go-ahead to offer its courses in the state.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Minnesota has informed Coursera that the company is not allowed to offer online classes in the state due to an existing law.
- Coursera has updated its terms of service to notify users of Minnesota's position, telling Minnesotan that they are not allowed to take its massive open online courses (MOOCs).
- The notice Coursera received states that "a university cannot offer online courses to Minnesota residents unless the university has received authorization from the State of Minnesota to do so."
From the article:
The state’s Office of Higher Education has informed the popular provider of massive open online courses, or MOOC’s, that Coursera is unwelcome in the state because it never got permission to operate there. It’s unclear how the law could be enforced when the content is freely available on the Web, but Coursera updated its Terms of Service to include the following caution:
Notice for Minnesota Users:
Coursera has been informed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education that under Minnesota Statutes (136A.61 to 136A.71), a university cannot offer online courses to Minnesota residents unless the university has received authorization from the State of Minnesota to do so. If you are a resident of Minnesota, you agree that either (1) you will not take courses on Coursera, or (2) for each class that you take, the majority of work you do for the class will be done from outside the State of Minnesota. ...