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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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.
January 14, 2015
Students in edX's Entrepreneurship 101 and 102 courses have a new reason to tough out the 12 to 16 weeks it takes to complete the MOOCs -- $1,000 in Amazon Web Services credit. The $1,000 is the latest incentive used by the massive open online course provider to boost completion rates, which often linger in the single percentage points. Speaking to The Harvard Crimson, course instructor William K.
January 14, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy will give $25 million to a cybersecurity education consortium consisting of 13 historically black colleges and universities and two national labs, the White House announced on Tuesday. Vice President Biden will announce the grants, spaced out over five years, during an event in Norfolk, Va., on Thursday.
January 13, 2015
William Mitchell College of Law's hybrid J.D. program -- the first of its kind to be approved by the American Bar Association -- launched on Monday with 85 students. The four-year program blends online courses with nine scheduled campus visits and externships in the students' communities. The college also offers a traditional J.D. program.


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