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

January 27, 2015
Economics paper suggests online education can lower the cost of tuition -- but is it due to increased competition or productivity?
January 23, 2015
The complainant in the sexual harassment case involving a prominent MIT emeritus professor speaks out about what legal experts called an "unprecedented" event for MOOCs.
January 23, 2015
Retail giant Amazon wants to attract more academics to self-publish their textbooks through the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program, and on Thursday, the company announced KDP EDU, a division of that program focused on education. Scholars who choose to self-publish through the program can use Amazon's software, called the Kindle Textbook Creator, to convert their work into files readable on the Kindle app, which is available on most smartphones, tablet and computers.
January 23, 2015
AT&T is searching for ed-tech startups to apply to its new accelerator program, which aims to give the companies national exposure, access to mentors -- and a $50,000 investment. The Aspire Accelerator, launched on Thursday, will look for startups that "drive students' educational or career success," particularly at-risk students, the company said in a statement.
January 21, 2015
The higher education IT organization Educause, after a seven-month search, has found its next president: John O'Brien, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Before joining the Minnesota system, O'Brien was president of North Hennepin Community College. O'Brien will succeed Diana G.
January 15, 2015
As President Obama sells his proposal that community college should be free, one philanthropist is arguing the idea should extend to the first year of college in general. Steven B. Klinsky, a financier who founded the private equity firm New Mountain Capital, wants students to be able to take freshman-level courses through the massive open online course provider edX and -- if they pass subject exams -- start college as sophomores.
January 15, 2015
The many different systems of handling article processing charges (APC) -- a fee used by many open-access journals -- are "fractured and inefficient" and threatens to undermine the progress of the open-access movement, according to the summary of a roundtable hosted by the Copyright Clearance Center last October.
January 15, 2015
The online learning platform has set an early tone for the ed-tech venture capital and equity market in 2015 with a $186 million investment. The private equity company TPG Capital led the investment, while firms Accel Partners, Meritech Capital Partners and Spectrum Equity -- as well as some of's earlier investors -- also participated.
January 15, 2015
Saint Mary's College of California challenges students to a technology fast during an interim term course on the benefits of disconnecting from social media.
January 14, 2015
Some university IT offices are struggling to keep up with the pace of change in technology, which a report describes as the "new normal" for higher education.


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