Michigan to require “online courses” for high school graduation

A number of sources are reporting that the State of Michigan in the US is requiring students to spend some time learning online. 

"Schools and teachers have two general options to meet this requirements: develop entire online courses, or add online components to all of the state’s required high school coursework. With the bill signed into law just last week, Michigan becomes the first state to require "online" course work in this way."

This report from ars technica of 23 April also poses some interesting questions for discussion:

"Does America’s youth truly need "help" getting the "online" experience? When did online course components become ends unto themselves as opposed to means to an end (namely, convenience and distance learning)? It will be years before scholars can assess the significance of Michigan’s move."