NYTimes (7/17/12) article on "Coursera: Universities Reshaping Education on the Web" - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/education/consortium-of-colleges-takes-online-education-to-new-level.html - exciting, but no talk of degrees or all 3,000-8,000 languages yet - and they've received so much money.
World University and School, by way of comparison, will be MIT OCW-centric (and edX - so especially HarvardX / MITx focused), plans to offer free, online bachelor (first in 2014), Ph.D., law and M.D. degrees, accrediting first in California and in as many countries as possible, and be an open people-to-people teaching and learning wiki in all 3000-8000 languages … http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/ ...
"MIT and Harvard announce edX: Joint partnership builds on MITx and Harvard distance learning; aims to benefit campus-based education and beyond."
"What is edX? Answering common questions about MIT and Harvard’s new partnership in online education."
"Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses"
"The Trouble With Online Education"
"What About the Lab Work?" (by Walter Lewin)
"One Course, 150,000 Students" (Anant Agarwal and simulated laboratories)
"Berkeley to offer free online classes on edX"
Some contributions WUaS can make to this conversation, besides as wiki, MIT OCW-centric, in all 3000-8000 languages and 200 countries:
Laboratory courses online at WUaS (upcoming subject)
Conference Method of Teaching and Learning