August 8, 2013
By Steve Kolowich
“Sen. Darrell Steinberg, the leader of the State Senate, quietly decided to put his online-education bill on the back burner last month. The bill, introduced with fanfare in March, originally aimed to push public universities to award academic credit to students who succeeded in some massive open online courses offered by outside providers. But now that the universities have promised to expand their own online courses, the senator sees no immediate need to let outside providers through the door, says his spokesman, Rhys Williams.”
More on funding, and giving credit, but, interestingly, included in this piece is the idea that MOOCs are going to be competing, directly or indirectly, with Blackboard and Desire2Learn and Instructure.