COIL Leadership Institute

March 4th & 5th, 2019

Florida International University

Miami, Florida

Produced in partnership with


This two-day institute at Florida International University in Miami, Florida will bring together teams from US and international higher education institutions to integrate Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) into their curricula and internationalization plans. Hands-on activities will prepare leaders to implement COIL initiatives on their campuses.

What is COIL?

Developed over the past fifteen years, COIL (also referred to as Virtual Exchange or Telecollaboration) is a method for connecting teachers and their students with peers in other countries via the Internet. The model involves in-depth cooperation between paired teachers co-designing re-imagined courses and students collaborating in small groups to complete shared projects. COIL produces meaningful, authentic international experiences for teachers and students without the cost and extensive time away from home associated with physical mobility. For students who do have the time and resources, COIL increases interest in study abroad.


  • Jon Rubin, Director of COIL Consulting and former Director of the SUNY COIL Center
  • Stephanie Doscher, Director of FIU’s Office of Global Learning Initiatives and Matthew Hagood, Director of Media Technology Services, co-Directors of FIU’s COIL Initiative, and Arden Napier, Instructional Designer and Adjunct Professor of Communication, FIU
  • Joan Landeros, former Director and founder of the Center for International Education, La Salle University in Mexico City
  • Osvaldo Succi, Coordinator of International Collaborative Projects, CESU – Centro Paula Souza in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jenifer Cushman, Chancellor, Penn State Beaver (via videoconference)
  • Michaela Moura-Kocoglu, Instructor, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, FIU

Institute participants will be able to:

  • evaluate their institution’s capacity for implementing and sustaining a COIL program
  • describe how a COIL program can contribute to comprehensive internationalization on their campus
  • identify ways diverse campus stakeholders and units can collaborate to support a COIL program’s success
  • learn how other institutions have identified COIL partner institutions and managed these partnerships
  • formulate a plan for initiating and supporting an array of COIL courses at their home institution
  • identify key strategies for providing effective COIL professional development
  • articulate key programmatic benchmarks, benefits, goals, and potential challenges in designing a COIL program

Who should attend?

Successful COIL programs are most often led by collaborative teams bringing different capacities to the table. These teams may include a Senior International Officer or International Education leader, a high-level academic leader, online learning professionals, instructional designers, teaching and learning center professionals, and/or faculty members.


  • Implementation teams of three or more from the same institution = $500 per person
  • Individuals = $575
  • Payment accepted by credit card via registration link, below. Contact following registration if you wish to pay by check.

Schedule, Lodging & Transportation

  • March 4th: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; March 5th: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Catered lunch and coffee breaks included, both days
  • Comfort Suites Miami. Rate: $149.95 plus tax for a single or double room, per night (Hot Breakfast, WiFi, and self-parking, included). Booking deadline: January 31, 2019 (Registrants will be provided a special booking code)
  • On-campus parking passes available, free of charge

The registration deadline for this Institute has passed. To express interest in future offerings, 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,