The State of Minnesota has fired warning shots across the bows of MOOCs such as Coursera and similiar courses, by notifying Coursera that offering its courses to Minnesota residents.... The state's explanations of why it has acted this way seem to raise more questions than they answer.
This seems to me to be another exchange in the opening salvos of The Online Education Wars I discussed not two days ago. However, even I was taken by surprise by this latest combatant - I had anticpated uninformed educators, and well-intentioned academic administrators, to throw the next cog into the wheels of online education. This regulatory intervention, seemingly out of left field, may well be the harbinger of a new cast of characters involved in muddying the debate on online learning. Watch this spot.