COIL Virtual Exchange Leadership Institute

April 5th-May 10th, 2021

A Remote Learning Experience

Produced in partnership with

This 6-week institute will bring together leadership teams from US and international higher education institutions to integrate Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Virtual Exchange into their curricula and internationalization plans.

What is COIL / Virtual Exchange?

COIL, also referred to as Virtual Exchange or Telecollaboration, connects teachers and their students with peers in other countries via the Internet. The model involves in-depth cooperation between paired teachers who co-design re-imagined courses and students who collaborate in small groups to complete shared projects. COIL is often embedded within the curriculum, offering meaningful, authentic international, intercultural, and sometimes interdisciplinary learning experiences to all teachers and students without additional costs associated with physical mobility. For those who do have the time and resources, COIL motivates and enriches study and travel abroad.

About the Institute

The Institute will enable participating teams to design goal-oriented Action Plans for sustaining and expanding a COIL Virtual Exchange program at their home institution over the long term. Teams will:

  • evaluate their institution’s context and capacity for sustaining and expanding COIL Virtual Exchange
  • identify ways diverse campus stakeholders and units will collaborate to support the program’s success
  • connect to potential international partners and link COIL Virtual Exchange partnerships to other internationalization activities
  • identify key strategies for facilitating effective professional development, student learning assessment, and program evaluation


The 6-week Institute will involve:

  • Six 90-minute synchronous “Information” sessions conducted over Zoom, with each session linked to a section of the Action Plan
  • Four 90-minute synchronous “Connection” sessions conducted over Zoom, with each session involving small group breakout meetings with Institute facilitators and breakout discussions with leaders from the field
  • Asynchronous institutional team planning between sessions

Proposed Session Schedule at a Glance

(TBD times will be determined based on participating time zones and announced in March with Team acceptance)

Week 1Information Session: April 5, 2021, Time TBD
• Introduction to Institute
• The Basics: COIL Virtual Exchange Design Fundamentals & Methods for Generating Excitement and Participation in COIL Virtual Exchange
Week 2Information Session: April 12, 2021, Time TBD
• Institutional Strategy: COIL Virtual Exchange and Internationalization Strategy Post-COVID
Connection Session: April 14, 2021 Time TBD
Week 3Information Session: April 19, 2021, Time TBD
• Supporting Growth: Professional Development and Partnering In-Depth
Connection Session: April 21, 2021 Time TBD
Week 4Information Session: April 26, 2021, Time TBD
• Making Change: Organizational Structure, Resources, & Technology
Connection Session: April 28, 2021, Time TBD
Week 5Information Session: May 3, 2021, Time TBD
• Continuous Improvement: Student Learning Assessment & Program Evaluation
Connection Session: May 6, 2021, Time TBD
Week 6Information Session: May 10, 2021, Time TBD
• Wrapping Up: Action Plan Presentations & Feedback

Who should attend?

The institute will accept COIL Virtual Exchange leadership teams comprised of 2 or 3 members from the same institution. Content is geared toward US and non-US institutions committed to initiating, sustaining and expanding widespread faculty and student engagement in COIL Virtual Exchange over the long term. 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—such as Vice Provost or Dean—online learning professionals, instructional designers, teaching and learning center professionals, and/or faculty members.


  • Stephanie Doscher, Director of Collaborative Online International Learning, FIU
  • Jon Rubin, Director of COIL Consulting and former Director of the SUNY COIL Center
  • Eva Haug, Internationalisation of the Curriculum and COIL Advisor, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Matthew Hagood, Director of Media Technology Services, FIU
  • Additional US and non-US based presenters to be announced


The Institute will accept approximately 16 COIL Virtual Exchange leadership teams, composed of 2 or 3 members, from an equal number of US and non-US institutions. Institutions of all types are encouraged to apply. The Institute seeks a variety and balance of participants to facilitate maximum learning and partnership building for all. Applicants will be selected based on demonstrated commitment to the institutional implementation of COIL Virtual Exchange. Important: You cannot save the application form and complete it at a later date. Use this Word document to prepare answers and have them on hand when you fill out your application. All fields are required for the application to be complete. If you have any questions or need technical assistance, please contact FIU COIL,

Click Here to Submit Your Application

Important Dates

  • January 27th, 2021: Applications open
  • March 1st, 2021, Midnight EST: Applications due
  • March 8th, 2021: Notifications and final schedule sent to applicants
  • March 19th, 2021: Payment due


  • Implementation teams of two or three members = $1200 per team
  • Payment accepted by check or by credit card via a registration link that will be sent to accepted applicants

Past Participants:

Agnes Scott College, Arizona State University, Bridge Valley Community and Technical College, CEU Cardenal Herrera University, CEU San Pablo University, Clackamas Community College, Eastern Michigan University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Lehigh University, Loyola Marymount University, Miami University, Northern Essex Community College, Ohio University, Penn State Beaver, Portland State University, Seneca College, Sophia University, St. Ambrose University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, UNIMINUTO, Universidad de Monterrey, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, University of Arkansas, University of Central Florida, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Worcester State University

Questions? Please contact FIU’s Office of Collaborative Online International Learning: