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COIL Virtual Exchange -Canadian Case Studies Showcase

May 16, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

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The session seeks to provide a space for knowledge sharing via showcasing four (4) studies of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects from 4 different Canadian institutions in both Western and Eastern Canada. Presenters are faculty members and internationalization officers who have conducted a COIL project in the last few years; best case practices, highlights, and tips will be shared.

The presentation also aims to showcase COIL-VE as not a lesser form of mobility, but rather, a supplementary mode to mobility that is effective in widening access and providing choices for Canadian students – particularly those who have traditionally been unable to go on physical mobility. This perspective will give insight to participants and their respective institutions in seeing COIL-VE as a sustainable and inclusive tool that can be a staple in the suite of learning abroad programs available. Through examples of projects, participants will learn how to articulate the merits of COIL projects and VE programs as more than mere temporary responses to the pandemic, and formulate the long-term benefits of this cost-effective, accessible, and community-building learning format.

Faculty members, internationalization officers, and senior administrators are welcome to join in on this session.

This session is led by the co-chairs of the Virtual Education Abroad Beyond the Pandemic subgroup of the CBIE Education Abroad Professional Learning Community.

Learning Objectives

  1. Provide an overview of COIL and its importance to education abroad programming
  2. To learn how to start and implement COIL at Canadian institutions
  3. To learn from faculty members on how COIL impacted their teaching and learning
  4. To learn how COIL can contribute to internationalization-at-home(IaH), especially for intercultural communication development among faculty and students

Webinar Agenda

1:00 pm – 1:05 pm Introduction
1:05 pm – 1:15 pm Topic 1: Four institution profiles. What and Why COIL? COIL phases and tasks (Ada & Eunjung)
1:15 pm – 1:25 pm Case Study 1: Western University
1:25 pm – 1:35 pm Case Study 2: Algoma University
1:35 pm – 1:45 pm Case Study 3: Kwantlen Polytechnic University
1:45 pm – 1:55 pm Case Study 4: Langara College
1:55 pm – 2:05 pm Topic 2: How to start and implement COIL? Who are the key stakeholders for COIL? Institutional Partnership as a pathway to partnering with COIL faculty What type of resources do you need to successfully implement COIL at your institution (Ada & Eunjung)
2:05 pm – 2:10 pm Conclusion; The Value of COIL and its contribution to IaH and SDG (Ada & Eunjung)
2:10 pm – 2:20 pm Q&A
2:20 pm – 2:25 pm Concluding remarks


Ada Lee

Global Development Manager

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Ada Lee is a strategic, creative, and people-focused higher education professional with 8+ years in public HEIs and 12+ years in non-profit management & intercultural engagement. An International Relations and Marketing Communication Specialist by academic training, she blends her curiosity for what makes people tick with the power of storytelling, systems thinking, and sustainability. In her current role, she oversees the study abroad program and global partnership projects at KPU. She is currently co-chair of the Virtual Education Abroad sub-group at CBIE’s Education Abroad PLC.

Eunjung Riauka

Director, International Learning

University of Western Ontario

Eunjung is an International Education Professional who is dedicated to helping students, staff, faculty and higher education institutions better understand and engage with global issues through international mobility, research and internship abroad programs. Leveraging over 10 years of experience in Higher Education in the field of international mobility programs, recruitment, partnership development & agreements, admissions (domestic/international), and assessment of transfer credits. Highly motivated and engaged in developing an internationalization strategic plan and direction in advancing the internationalization agenda and positive student experience in post-secondary institutions, she is a knowledgeable and trained facilitator and curriculum developer for cultural safety learning programs. In her current role, she oversees the International Learning program at Western University. She is currently co-chair of the Virtual Education Abroad sub-group at CBIE’s Education Abroad PLC.

Faculty Presenters:

Lesley McCannell

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Lesley McCannell has developed business students at Melville School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for the past 20 years. She specializes in teaching Intercultural and Leadership courses and Co-Chairs the Human Resources Management Department. Lesley is an innovator in designing inclusive learning environments. She supports faculty and professionals in the development of intercultural fluency, inclusive leadership practices

Laura Wyper

Algoma University

Dr. Wyper has a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from Laurentian University, a Bachelor of Education from Trent University, a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Community Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development with a specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education from OISE, at the University of Toronto. She is the current Chair of the Department of Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University.

Natasha Mrkic-Subotic

Langara College

Natasha has over 25 years of global experience in marketing, WIL, strategic partnerships, and higher education. Natasha carries a dual academic & administrative role as faculty member and Intercultural Engagement Consultant focusing on Global Academic Engagement for Langara College. She is also the Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for CityStudio, an organizing academic member of the Athens Institute for Education & Research, and faculty at Capilano University. She is passionate about social innovation and developing global relationships that promote applied learning and a student/community-focused changemaker culture to solve real problems. Key components of her work include fostering intercultural engagement among faculty, staff, and students, which has included the development and promotion of COIL Virtual Exchange since 2019, and the creation of the West Coast Virtual Exchange Institute.

Aleksandra Zecevic

Western University

Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic is an Associate Professor of Gerontology in the School of Health Studies, the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the Western University. She is the 3M National Teaching Fellow with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and recipient of numerous awards for teaching innovation. She is a trailblazer for community engaged learning, international learning, and learning through simulation. She engages her students as partners in exploring arguably the best healthcare systems in the world through COIL and international travel in Scandinavia, advocating tirelessly for improvement of lives and health of older adults. Her research on prevention of falls, improvement of safety culture in healthcare, gerontology education and Age Friendly Cities afforded her a Fellowship with the Gerontological Society of America.


May 16, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
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