Building upon FIU’s deep experience creating hundreds of impactful global learning courses across the curriculum, FIU-COIL is now utilizing technology and the Internet to connect students and faculty with their peers across national borders.
COIL courses enable intercultural teams to develop meaningful collaborative projects that increase participants’ knowledge and help them better understand and empathize with other people’s perspectives. Since COIL courses are embedded within the curriculum, participating students gain access to the world and its diversity without incurring any additional cost.
What do COIL projects look like?
COIL projects can take place in face-to-face, fully online, or hybrid (partly face-to-face, partly online) courses. Projects can involve complementary content:
- Students in FIU professor Flavia Iuspa’s online course in Education, “Developing a Global Perspective,” and in an International Relations course taught by Alexis Paola Hernandez Pina at the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua in Mexico collaboratively determined an issue affecting Mexico and the U.S, and proposed a recommendation or solution to be enacted by an international private, government, or non-governmental institution.
Or courses can involve similar content:
- Students studying the processes of writing centers with FIU professor Glenn Hutchinson and Andrea Torres Perdigón at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia collaboratively conducted research in English and Spanish and prepared conference proposals on effective writing tutoring in bilingual settings.
How does COIL impact students?
COIL participants build intercultural communication, virtual teamwork, and critical thinking skills—key competencies for effective global citizenship and employment. COIL also motivates many students to travel—to engage in person with the people, places, challenges, and opportunities they learn about with their partners abroad:
• “[O]ur collaboration with Bogotá has definitely widened my perspective . . . I remember how nervous I was before the [Skype] call. I was expecting a large cultural gap but even our humor was on the same page. It was a humbling experience. It helped bridge a gap between how I saw other countries as ‘foreign’ to simply people living in another location.”
• “I learned that it is very important to be open when working with others. Personally, I improved my communication skills during this project. There is always room for improvement, and with such a long distance and different cultures between group members, I learned how to understand new suggestions, perspectives, and ideas.”
How can I develop a COIL collaboration?
FIU-COIL is currently seeking participants for a two-day COIL course development workshop at FIU’s Modesto Maidique Campus in Miami, Florida. Full-time FIU and international faculty partners in any discipline are invited to attend!
Thursday, March 1st, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST and Friday, March 2nd, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST
MARC Building, Room 125
Free, breakfast and lunch provided (travel and lodging not included)
Interested faculty and international partners should contact FIU-COIL (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, February 2nd to register.
What support will FIU provide to workshop participants?
1. Help finding a teaching partner: Any faculty member with a personal or professional connection with colleagues at international institutions can participate in the workshop. Interested faculty who do not have an existing partner can contact FIU-COIL (email@example.com) for assistance.
2. Instructional design and technology support: Each COIL partnership will have access to instructional design and technology consultants in FIU’s Educational Technology Services department during course development and implementation.
3. Coaching and mentorship: COIL partners will receive support from the Office of Global Learning Initiatives and other FIU COIL faculty.
Please direct any inquiries about FIU-COIL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIU-COIL is funded through a Technology Fee Grant and is co-administered by the Office of Global Learning Initiatives (Stephanie Doscher, Director, email@example.com) and Media Technology Services (Matthew Hagood, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org).