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… it’s starting to look as if what they have to offer to universities may be technology tools and services that are more helpful than revolutionary.
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by Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle of Higher Education.