Serena Golden has a loooong piece in IHE about her experience taking an online course through StraighterLine. StraighterLine comes off as neither a miracle cure nor as a diploma mill. While I would have liked to see a few things done differently, overall, the approach was just right - focusing on her direct experience while asking the obvious follow-up questions to the obvious players involved.
If you can’t read the whole piece, here is the 21 word version, courtesy of the founder of StraighterLine, Burck Smith:
“We’re not in the business of making the best courses. We are in the business of making the best value courses.”