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Global
Connections,
Staying Local
Online International Education
Continues to Grow As an Alternative-
and Support-to In-Person Study
By Mark Toner

S

MARTPHONES often get held up to capture the
moment at graduation ceremonies, but for a small
group of students at the University at Albany-State
University of New York (SUNY Albany) earlier this year,
graduation was held on smartphones.
Halfway across the world in war-torn Syria, a group of medical
students who had completed six weeks of online English training
watched on their phones as SUNY Albany staff and volunteers
held up printed certificates with each of their names. They were
part of the more than 500 displaced Syrian medical students who
have taken online courses, largely via smartphone, as part of an
initiative developed by SUNY Albany's Global Institute for Health
and Human Rights (GIHHR). Staff and student volunteers in
Albany have translated health science coursework and materials
into Arabic and conducted intensive English education courses
using technology developed by the university.
The institute's founders, brothers Kamiar and Arash Alaei,
understand the power of education in times of crisis. As teenagers,
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they spent time in prison during the Iran-Iraq war before becoming physicians and human rights activists. Now, they are helping
train a new generation of physicians in another war-torn zone;
some students help out at hospitals when they're not taking classes.
The program represents the promise of online education-
providing opportunities to learn to those who need them the
most. According to a 2016 report by UNESCO, 6 million young
people are refugees globally. Just 1 percent of them attend colleges
or universities, compared with 34 percent of the global population. At the same time, 90 percent of refugees have access to
mobile phones, providing a potential link to educational opportunities from around the globe, even as large online providers such
as Khan Academy are creating low-bandwidth versions of their
curriculum to reach students in developing nations.
But the lack of access to global opportunities isn't limited to
refugees, or even those in other countries. Nontraditional students, those from less advantaged backgrounds, and those who
face new hurdles entering and staying in the United States all may



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Canada
Quick Questions
Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover1
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover2
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Brief
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 12
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Global Spotlight: Canada
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 14
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 15
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 17
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 26
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 27
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 30
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 31
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 37
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Education Abroad
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 39
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 41
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Enrollment
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 43
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 45
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Forum
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Focus
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