MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) have been sprouting up from all of the top universities around the country and tens of thousands flock to these courses to learn from the top professors in the field. Until recently, students who completed a MOOC, didn't receive anything more than knowledge. That is changing at Colorado State University where students who complete “Introduction to Computer Science: Building a search engine”, a free course offered by Udacity, and take a proctored test get three transfer credits. The complete article can be found here: News: MOOCs in Higher Education
What does this mean for the cost and accessibility of education around the globe?
Minnesota is the first state to ban Coursera (a provider of MOOCs) giving the rationale that the company "never got permission to operate there." According to the article in The Chronicle, Coursera warns Minnesota residents on their terms of service page suggesting that they either not take classes or complete the coursework in another state. Is this the first of many states to ban free online courses?