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 learn more about COIL and find a partner?

FIU will host two Introduction to COIL events in fall 2018:

On Campus Workshop
Student Academic Success Center (SASC) 251, MMC
Friday, September 14th, 2018
2:30-4:30 p.m. EST
FIU faculty, J-1 scholars, international partners in South Florida area
Online Webinar
Adobe Connect link will be emailed to enrollees
Monday, September 17th, 2018
9:00-11:00 a.m. EST
FIU faculty and international partners outside South Florida or those who
could not attend the September 14th session

Both Introduction to COIL events will cover

  • 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

Join the COIL Faculty Learning Community (FLC)!

FIU will convene a learning community of faculty interested in COIL during fall 2018. Experienced, current, and future FIU faculty and J-1 scholars are invited to participate. The COIL FLC will involve brief best practice readings and address hot topics in course design and instruction. The group will be facilitated by Stephanie Doscher, Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives and Arden Napier, Instructional Designer and Faculty Member, Media Technology Services. Members will meet in PC 237 (Center for the Advancement of Teaching) from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on four Fridays:

  • August 31st – Building Relationships and Maintaining Trust in an Online Learning Space
  • October 5thCollaboration: Defining, Designing, and Assessing (guest facilitator Jon Rubin, COIL Consulting)
  • November 2nd – Reflection: Where the Learning Happens
  • December 7th – Technology: The Hows and Whys of Discussing and Exchanging Images, Videos, and Other Artifacts

What support will FIU provide to workshop participants?

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 and experienced COIL faculty and consultants.


Please direct any inquiries about FIU-COIL to

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,