- Minnesota banned Coursera's massive open online courses (MOOCs) in October, only to retract its sternly-worded letter, reversing its position, and now the University of Minnesota may be looking into its own free online courses.
- Karen Hanson, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Minnesota, called MOOCs "inevitable" for the school, as soon as funding gets figured out.
- She also said that MOOCs are "something we’re working on this year.”
From the article:
"... Hanson said many of the universities that currently develop MOOCs do it for name recognition.
“We’re interested in that, too,” she said, 'but I think, fundamentally, we would be interested in MOOCs because we have a broad mission for education.'
Shekhar said online courses will continue to grow in popularity because students are becoming more comfortable with technology. ..."