Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) at QC


Are you interested in creating opportunities for your students to interact virtually with students overseas? Do you want to deepen your students’ cross-cultural skills and global outlook?

The Office of the Provost at Queens College is pleased to announce the launch of Queens College’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Faculty Fellowship workshops. Working closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning, the workshops will provide faculty support in the development of COIL-type courses. COIL is a term created by the SUNY COIL Center to describe “the four essential dimensions of real virtual mobility: it is a collaborative exercise of teachers and students; it makes use of online technology and interaction; it has potential international dimensions; and it is integrated into the learning process.” 

In keeping with the goal of Strategic Plan 2015-2020, “To weave campus, community, and global connections,” the aim of the Faculty Fellowship workshops is to offer a group of faculty members the opportunity to learn about Collaborative Online International Learning, develop strategies for incorporating it into their courses, advance research with international colleagues, and expand QC’s global presence.

Adding a COIL component to your course allows your students to gain cross-cultural skills through virtual interaction and enhances their international opportunities without leaving NYC. While the COIL component takes place solely online, your course may be face-to-face, hybrid or fully online. The focus of COIL is global/intercultural fluency, not technology.

Interested Queens College faculty from all disciplines are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, from 12:15pm-1:30pm in President’s Conference Room #1, Rosenthal Library.

Please RSVP here for the informational meeting (RSVP due 9/5): http://shorturl.at/ahkn3

Presentation by Eva Haug, the Internationalization and COIL coordinator at the Faculty of Business and Economics, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (http://www.amsterdamuas.com). She develops internationalization policies with a focus on Internationalization at Home, which includes facilitating cross-cultural learning. She focuses on how intercultural awareness and intercultural sensitivity are part of workplace skills for the 21st century. As lecturer of Intercultural Competence, she trains students to work in multicultural and virtual teams. With 6 years of COIL experience, she has worked with partners all over the globe.

The application deadline to be part of the initial cohort for Fall 2019 is September 20th, 5pm.

COIL Faculty Fellowship Structure

The semester-long program will require:

  1. Attendance at three Fall 2019 workshops during free hour (12pm-2pm) on: October 2nd, November 13th, and December 4th. The workshops will offer a brief introduction to COIL and an opportunity for attendees to discuss how to implement COIL in their courses.
  2. Completion of assignments ahead of workshops to allow focused-time on workshop activities.
  3. Engagement/collaboration with a faculty partner abroad to co-develop a student project or assignment.
  4. Expectation to present at the 3rd workshop on December 4th.
  5. Commitment to teach a COIL-type course in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Faculty selected for the program will receive:

  1. Structured support via the workshops and informal support via the Center for Teaching & Learning.
  2. A stipend of $250 when all 3 workshops are completed.


COIL Faculty Fellowships are open to any full-time Queens College faculty member from all disciplines who are interested in designing a new COIL course or incorporating COIL principles into an existing course.

Courses may be face-to-face, hybrid or fully online.

Priority will be given to faculty with an existing international faculty contact or partner. 

Application Form

Please submit by September 20th, 5pm using this form: http://shorturl.at/opvE6

Finalists will be contacted by the COIL Coordinator, Prof. Schiro Withanachchi.

Please direct any questions to: schiro.withanachchi@qc.cuny.edu

Visit the COIL at Queens College website: https://coil.qc.cuny.edu/


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