Online Learning: So, MIT makes it legit?

This AP article entitled Internet opens elite colleges to all both overjoys me and burns my toast. While I am happy to see the popular press paying attention to Internet delivery of education (especially open and free education), this article still burns me. Apparently, online learning is now legitimate given that "elite" schools are dipping a toe. Unfortunately, you can't get an online degree from most of these elite schools ... that is reserved for real students who attend f2f... yet, MIT and the others are highlighted as leaders in Internet delivery of education ... hmmm ... quite a slap in the face to those who have long been committed to offering quality online education ... including the all important piece of paper when you are done.