By: Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning
In August, fourteen faculty members participated in the inaugural COIL institute, co-sponsored by the Office of Internationalization and the Office of Teaching and Learning. Pairing local and international faculty, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) leverages online technologies to deliver global learning and intercultural experiences in the classroom (SUNY COIL Center). While not a replacement for international mobility, COIL has the capacity to provide all students with access to such intercultural learning and relationship opportunities, making this pedagogical approach more equitable and inclusive.
During the institute, faculty partnered to create a hypothetical COIL course, grappling with the co-creation of global and intercultural learning outcomes, along with learning activities to facilitate the attainment of those outcomes. The institute was developed following a DU team’s (Casey Dinger, Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, Levi Lindsey) participation in the Florida International University’s COIL Virtual Exchange Leadership Institute in 2021.
Interested in learning more? The Office of Internationalization (INTZ) hosts a self-paced Canvas course to introduce faculty to the basics of the COIL approach. You can also work with INTZ to find a partner or get started. Look for upcoming COIL opportunities on the OTL calendar.
Angelo Castagnino, Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Donna Beth Ellard, English
Matt Hill, Writing Program
Lydia Gil Keff, Languages, Spanish Language, Literary & Cultural Studies
Wojciech Kossek, Computer Science
Maik Nwosu, English
H.G. Parsa, Hospitality Management
Erika Polson, Media, Film, and Journalism Studies
Ping Qiu, Languages & Literatures
Don Smith, Law
Hilary Smith, History
Elizabeth Sperber, Political Science
Jing Sun, Political Science
Mei Yin, Mathematics