Carl Straumsheim

Carl Straumsheim, Technology Reporter, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2013. He got his start in journalism as a video game blogger for Norway's third largest paper, Dagbladet, at age 15, and has since dabbled in media criticism, investigative reporting and political coverage. Straumsheim (pronounced STRAWMS-hyme) boasts that he once received a perfect score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which enabled him to pursue a bachelor's degree in English from LaGrange College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Most Recent Articles

November 25, 2015
Western Washington University canceled classes on Tuesday in response to online hate speech that university President Bruce Shepard said targeted students of color. In a statement announcing the cancellation, Shepard said the threats were not "merely insulting, rude, offensive commentary that trolls and various other lowlifes seem free to spew, willy-nilly, although there has been plenty of that, too.
November 24, 2015
Author discusses book offering a critical analysis of massive open online courses from a social science perspective.
November 20, 2015
Science article explores how hackers can hijack scholarly journals. Fortunately, preventing it can be as simple as paying a bill on time.
November 19, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University on Wednesday defended itself from an assertion by the Tor Project that the university received “at least $1 million” from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to unmask suspects behind crimes committed on the "dark web." The university's Software Engineering Institute was last week pegged as the "university-based research institute" that helped the FBI track down and arrest a Seattle man working on the online black market known as "Silk Road
November 19, 2015
Renting textbooks is a popular option for frugal students, but one company has for years -- and without notice -- erroneously sent students to collection agencies, in some cases demanding hundreds of dollars in replacement fees.
November 17, 2015
Northern Virginia Community College's zero-textbook-cost degree programs are going open source. The community college, with help from open-courseware provider Lumen Learning, on Monday made nine of its courses available under a Creative Commons license, meaning instructors at other institutions are free to reuse and repurpose the content. The courses, which use free open educational resources instead of textbooks, satisfy requirements in NOVA's associate degree programs in general studies and social sciences.
November 16, 2015
Instructure saw its stock close at $18 on Friday, rising 12.5 percent as its first day as a publicly traded company drew to a close. The stock passed $18 by late morning before falling slightly and stabilizing above $17 for much of the afternoon. Last-minute activity pushed the price back to the $18 mark. The company, which develops the learning management system Canvas, set the price of its initial public offering of 4.4 million shares at $16, the lower end of its range.
November 13, 2015
Higher education and library organizations, led by the Association of Research Libraries, side with the Lingua editors and criticize Elsevier.
November 12, 2015
Online education provider Udacity has achieved "unicorn" status, a term used by investors to describe companies that are valued at more than $1 billion. The company, which launched as a massive open online course provider but has since shifted its focus to course sequences it calls "nanodegrees," reached the milestone after securing another $105 million from investors.
November 12, 2015
Is Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute the source that led the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify and arrest suspects behind crimes committed on the "dark web"? Legal proceedings in a case against a Seattle man charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs last month revealed that a "university-based research institute" helped the agency identify people who were using Tor, software that complicates online surveillance by hiding its users among one another.


Co-Authored Articles

November 22, 2013
A conference on online learning promises "A Universe of Opportunities," and attendees interested in faculty development are getting their money's worth.
August 23, 2013
For colleges and other organizations promoting alternative paths to degrees, the president's speech was validation they have wanted.
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