International Educator - January/February 2018 - 16

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QUICK QUESTIONS
By Lisa Schock

A Look Ahead at International Education
Salwa Muhammad is vice president of admissions and Udacity Connect at Udacity, an online education platform. Her
focus of interest is on informal and experiential learning outside of the classroom and in online spaces. Prior to her work
at Udacity, she was the program director of international internships and careers at Wellesley College. In this interview,
Muhammad discusses her thoughts on the role that technology plays in international higher education and the future of
the field.
A recent interview with a top Udacity leader
suggested that the company is moving away from
massive open online courses (MOOCs) and toward
a different model of learning. What do you think
the future holds for higher education, and how
will international higher education, specifically, be
affected?
Udacity is an online education company focused on
lifelong learning. Given the low completion rates of free
online courses (i.e., MOOCS) across the board, Udacity
began offering its paid Nanodegree programs in late
2014, providing microcredentials that connect learning
to jobs. The average Nanodegree program takes 6-9
months (approximately 10-15 hours per week) to complete, in subjects including self-driving cars, artificial
intelligence, virtual reality, robotics, machine learning,
data science, digital marketing, and mobile and web
development. In addition to Nanodegree coursework,
students receive personalized services such as one-onone coaching, moderated forums, project reviews, and
career and job placement support. More than 53,000
students are enrolled in Udacity Nanodegree programs
and thousands of graduates have secured jobs. Udacity
Nanodegree programs are built with, and recognized
by, industry leaders including Google, Facebook, IBM
Watson, Nvidia, Mercedes Benz, and AT&T.
The future of higher education is promising, provided
that educators align with employers and help to connect
learning to jobs. U.S. and international higher education institutions alike will benefit from the changing
landscape if their services better meet students' needs.
Removing the geographic barriers of higher education
by making it available online will help usher in a new era
of global education, global students, and global citizens.
But there must be an alignment of the skills taught with
the skills needed. And learning must be lifelong, not
confined to a four-year undergraduate program.
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As technology steadily becomes a bigger part of
international higher education, do you believe that
technology will not only change the pedagogy but
will also shape what is and is not taught?
Technology should scaffold, not define, learning.
Educators build the foundation and structure of learning
and then choose the technologies that best support their
curriculum design and delivery. A pencil and paper can
be useful for conveying certain concepts, while a programmable minisupercomputer can be the right tool to
teach a very different set of skills. This leads to mindful
use of technology in the classroom.
At Udacity, we utilize technology as a distribution
platform and put our classroom online. More students
can access our curriculum because of technology, and
it also affords them flexibility in when, where, and how
they learn. Technology is either central or tangential to



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Malaysia
Quick Questions
Feature: Recruiting Farther Upstream: U.S. Institutions Are Exploring New Opportunities Among International High School Students
Feature: CASE STUDY: The Business of Global Engagement
Feature: Middle Class Rising: As the Number of Families with Discretionary Income Grows, So Do Prospects for More International Students
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Results
Advertiser Listings & Index
International Educator - January/February 2018 - BB1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - BB2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 4
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 6
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 7
International Educator - January/February 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - January/February 2018 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 12
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 13
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Global Spotlight: Malaysia
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 15
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 17
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Recruiting Farther Upstream: U.S. Institutions Are Exploring New Opportunities Among International High School Students
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 19
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 20
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 21
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: CASE STUDY: The Business of Global Engagement
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 23
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 24
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 25
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Middle Class Rising: As the Number of Families with Discretionary Income Grows, So Do Prospects for More International Students
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 27
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 28
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 29
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Education Abroad
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 31
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 33
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Enrollment
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 35
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 37
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Forum
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 39
International Educator - January/February 2018 - In Focus
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover4
International Educator - January/February 2018 - SCover1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - SCover2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Results
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