Building upon FIU’s deep experience creating hundreds of impactful global learning courses across the curriculum, FIU-COIL utilizes technology and the Internet to connect students and faculty with their peers across national borders.

COIL enables intercultural teams to develop meaningful collaborative projects that increase students’ and faculty members’ knowledge and help them better understand and empathize with other people’s perspectives. Since COIL is 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.”

FIU Faculty: How can I learn more about COIL?

Attend an Introduction to COIL session. More sessions coming soon! Interested in attending a session or facilitating one for your department, let us know:

Introduction to COIL covers

      • What COIL is
      • Why students need COIL
      • The COIL activity sequence: icebreaker, collaboration, reflection
      • Examples of COIL partnerships and projects
      • Examples of online collaboration tools used
      • Keys to COIL success
      • How to find a partner and next steps

How will FIU support COIL faculty?

1. Instructional design and technology: COIL partners will have access to instructional design and technology consultants in FIU’s Educational Technology Services department during course development and implementation.

2. Coaching and mentorship: COIL partners will receive assistance in course design and instruction from the Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Educational Technology Services, and experienced COIL faculty and consultants.

International Faculty: Looking for a COIL teaching partner at FIU? Let us know who you are!

If you would like to develop a COIL project with a faculty member at FIU, send us some information about yourself and we’ll try to help you find a partner!
Find an FIU Partner

For more on FIU COIL, contact us at

FIU-COIL is funded through a Technology Fee Grant and is co-administered by the Office of Global Learning Initiatives (Stephanie Doscher, Director, and Media Technology Services (Matthew Hagood, Director,