Udemy Instructor Spotlight: Marwa Radwan

Marwa Radwan is a programmer and teacher in Cairo with seven Udemy courses on topics including Python, WordPress, Java, and more. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science and is a mentor at almentor.com too. Her next course will be about JavaScript.

Name: Marwa Radwan
Location: Cairo, Egypt

When did you join Udemy?
I joined Udemy as an instructor in April 2016 after reading about it on social media and blogs. At the time, I had already been working as an offline trainer since 2006 and had started with some live, online training platforms in 2015.

Why did you decide to teach on Udemy?
I started creating courses on Udemy in order to increase my experience and spread my scientific material to Arab students, mainly in the Arabic language. It’s really rewarding to know I’m helping people reach their goal of working as developers.

Describe your experience creating your first course and what your goals were.
At the beginning, I watched many Udemy courses to better understand how I should translate my particular expertise and existing content to the Udemy platform. Then I researched the equipment I would need. My passion is teaching, and my goal was always to reach more students with my knowledge. I’m always trying to improve my course quality. One of the things I really appreciate about Udemy is the full support provided by the marketing department.

How do you describe Udemy to your friends/family? Others who’ve never taken or taught a course online? Biggest misconceptions?
My biggest challenge was figuring out how to build an Arab culture for online learning. There are still a lot of people in this region who think they will be going to a Udemy building and taking courses there. I explain that Udemy is one of the biggest online learning platforms and that it offers courses on many topics taught by a lot of different instructors.

Any tips for people going to create a course for the first time?
People are often confused about what equipment they will need, but you can really use a simple microphone and Camtasia software to record and edit everything. I also suggest having all of your course materials completed before you start recording, be direct in presenting your topic, and include projects so students can apply what they’re learning.

What are your favorite courses on Udemy or elsewhere?
One of the best courses I’ve taken is “The Complete JavaScript Course 2018: Build Real Projects!” by instructor Jonas Schmedtmann.

Describe pros/cons of online teaching/learning vs. an in-person experience.
Fortunately, I think there are more pros than cons! On the plus side, teaching online lets me connect with more students without putting in more time and effort. For students, they have flexibility to choose what to learn and can do it when it’s convenient for them. I believe it’s more effective than the traditional education system. Still, a lot of people still think they need to go to a classroom in order to follow their career path. In my culture, online education isn’t widely accepted yet.