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?
Fill out this form to receive a link to a view a video recording of the Introduction to COIL Workshop presented at FIU on March 1, 2018. If you are interested in pursuing COIL further after viewing the recording, contact us at COIL@fiu.edu.
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.
Found a partner? Apply to join the Fall 2018 COIL Unit Design Cohort
Faculty partners who wish to design a COIL unit for Spring 2019 may apply to join a cohort scheduled to begin on October 15th, 2018. Partnered faculty will participate together in a six-module Canvas course and will be coached through the COIL unit design process. By the end of the course, partners will have planned a COIL unit to integrate into their syllabi during Spring 2019. Undergraduate and graduate full-time and adjunct FIU faculty, J-1 scholars, and international faculty are welcome. Click on the link below to apply.
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FIU-COIL is funded through a Technology Fee Grant and is co-administered by the Office of Global Learning Initiatives (Stephanie Doscher, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Media Technology Services (Matthew Hagood, Director, email@example.com).