The COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) program was created at SUNY (The State University of New York), Purchase College, in 2006 by Prof. Jon Rubin to encourage the growth of cooperative online international learning between SUNY and its international partners.
Nowadays, the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is one of the leading international organizations focused on the emerging field of Globally Networked Learning (GNL); a teaching and learning methodology which provides innovative cost-effective internationalization strategies. Such programs foster faculty and student interaction with peers abroad through co-taught multicultural online and blended learning environments emphasizing experiential student collaboration. Now based in New York City, COIL has been a unit of SUNY Global since 2010.
As stated on the SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) website, the mission of the program is:
To encourage and support the development and implementation of collaborative online international courses as a format for experiential cross-cultural learning. Thereby participating students are sensitized to the larger world by deepening their understanding of themselves, their culture, how they are perceived and how they perceive others. These globally networked courses also intensify disciplinary learning in fields where engaging other cultural perspectives is key. COIL seeks to build bridges between study abroad, instructional design and teaching faculty through team-taught courses, thereby promoting, integrating and enhancing international education experiences across the curriculum. The COIL Center also strives to help international programs offices better integrate technology into their workflow.
In the COIL model, students from different cultures enroll in shared courses with faculty members from each country co-teaching and managing coursework. The COIL model does not merely promote courses where students from different nations co-habit an online classroom. Rather, we advocate creation of co-equal learning environments where instructors work together to generate a shared syllabus based on solid academic coursework emphasizing experiential and collaborative student learning. The classes may be fully online, or offered in blended formats with traditional face-to-face sessions taking place at both schools, while collaborative student work takes place online.
Another reference in the COIL program is the Kansai University, which was the first institution in Japan to formally join COIL’s Global Partner Network to enable ongoing collaborations with the SUNY COIL Center.
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