California Unveils Bill to Provide Openly Licensed, Online College Courses for Credit

Cable reen, Cable Impacts Foundation, Mar 14, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A logical next step for MOOCs. California introduces a bill that "will allow CA students, enrolled in CA public colleges and universities, to take online courses from a pool of 50 high enrollment, introductory courses, offered by 3rd parties" (note 'CA' here stands for 'California', not 'Canada'). The caveat here is that these must be courses "in which CA students cannot currently gain access from their public CA university or community college." So we've set up a situation here where private providers will now lobby government to cut back university funding, in order to limit the number of spaces in introductory courses, to drive students to themselves.

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