Carl Straumsheim

Carl Straumsheim, Technology Correspondent, 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 STROMS-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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June 1, 2016
Sean B. Palmer, the executor of hacktivist's Aaron Swartz's writings, will clarify how people can use Swartz's writings to prevent situations similar to the confusion that arose this spring around publication rights. Palmer will reportedly append a Creative Commons license to Swartz's blog and clarify that anyone seeking to publish his writings must donate 100 percent of net profits to charity, according to Eileen A.
June 1, 2016
A group of university librarians and press directors is criticizing a partnership between the University of Florida Libraries and Elsevier, saying the arrangement "represents a Trojan Horse strategy that … serves to undermine the value and promise of our institutional repositories by turning them into little more than discovery layers for commercialized content."
June 1, 2016
Colleges that accommodate transgender students by letting them choose preferred names and pronouns find their efforts hindered by out-of-date software and federal reporting requirements.
May 31, 2016
A weekend maintenance period turned into a week-long learning management system outage last week at the University of California at Davis, leaving faculty members and students worried they would not be able to finish finals. The university, which uses a version of Sakai it calls SmartSite, was on Thursday, May 19th, notified by its hosting company that the system would be down for maintenance that weekend. A week later, however, the system had still not been restored, and the outage threatened to affect finals, held during the second week of June.
May 27, 2016
FutureLearn, the online learning platform owned by the Open University in the U.K., now offers massive open online courses that award academic credit. In addition to the Open University, the University of Leeds is among the group of eight institutions developing the 12 for-credit MOOC sequences, which students can take to earn up to 30 credits. Students can start the MOOCs for free, but those seeking credits have to pay a fee starting at about $170 and in some cases complete an additional exam.
May 25, 2016
Colleges that use Jenzabar's software will soon be able to ensure that all students have access to their textbooks on the first day of class. The software provider on Wednesday announced a partnership with Rafter, which provides textbook services to colleges. Rafter360, the company's flagship product, lets faculty members pick which course materials they want to use. The costs are then passed on to students in the form of a flat fee, which Rafter says makes it more predictable for colleges to roll the costs into tuition or student fees.
May 25, 2016
U of Florida connects its institutional repository to Elsevier's ScienceDirect platform to try to increase the visibility of the university's intellectual work.
May 24, 2016
Rockhurst University faces a potential class-action lawsuit from its employees following a data breach that exposed the personal information of 1,200 staff members, The Kansas City Star reported. The private, Jesuit liberal arts college, which is located in Kansas City, Mo., last month released information on employees' W-2 forms to a hacker impersonating a university official.
May 23, 2016
At least 30 students enrolled in online courses at the University of Iowa are under investigation for cheating, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported. The university uses ProctorU for online exam monitoring, and the company said it has detected several cases of students who may have gotten other people to take exams in their place.
May 19, 2016
The French coding academy 42 is coming to Silicon Valley with a goal of teaching 10,000 students how to code over the next five years, TechCrunch reported. Established in Paris in 2013, 42 is backed by a $100 million investment from the French entrepreneur Xavier Niel.


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