Minnesota lawmakers to look at credit for online courses – Minnesota Public Radio

by Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio

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If you’re a Minnesota college student and you take an online course from an out-of-state entity, should you get credit for it?

It’s a question all the more important for policymakers to answer with the growing popularity of massive open online courses, or MOOCs. These are courses anyone can take, offered by schools like Stanford.

They’re often free or very inexpensive. States are debating whether college students enrolled in other schools should get credit for the classes on their transcripts.

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Last fall, Larry Pogemiller, director of Minnesota’s Office of Higher Education, told The Daily Circuit he’d seek legislation this spring to clarify the issue.

Pogemiller joins us for an update on legislation.

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