The governor of Minnesota announced last week that the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (32 state supported technical colleges, community colleges, and state universities) will offer 25% of all their courses online by 2015, an increase of 16%. Governor Pawlenty said that:
- “We live in an iPod world but much of our education system is dominated by whiteboards and lecture halls,” Governor Pawlenty said. “We have students with different learning styles, different backgrounds, different capabilities, and exploding interest in online opportunities and services. We need to modernize the way college courses are delivered and put Minnesota on the cutting edge of online education.”
In addition, every high school student would be required either to take an one online course or participate in an online experience of some sort to graduate. It will be interesting to see how this will be implemented.