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Introduction to COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Virtual Exchange

May 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

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This session will provide participants with an introduction to the concept and practice of Collaborative Online International Learning also known as COIL Virtual Exchange. Participants will learn what COIL is, how the practice has evolved over the past 15 years, and why they should consider developing their own institutional COIL program, especially during these times of reduced physical mobility.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will leave with the following:

  • Understand the concept of collaborative online international learning (COIL)
  • Question their current internationalization practices
  • Consider how COIL and virtual exchanges enhance their internationalization strategy
  • Have a concrete overview of how they can learn more about COIL via CBIE’s upcoming COIL workshop series and know how to get more information
  • Understand the recommendations/conditions for engaging in CBIE’s upcoming COIL workshop series

Jon Rubin


Director, COIL Consulting

Jon Rubin was Founder and served as Director of the SUNY COIL Center from 2006-2017. He organized COIL virtual exchange workshops at the annual conferences of NAFSA, FAUBAI, AIEA and EAIE, and recently co-facilitated a virtual exchange training for the Stevens Initiative. He designed and co-facilitated three iterations of the COIL Leadership Institute first co-sponsored by the American Council on Education and later with Florida International University.

He directed the National Endowment for the Humanities funded: COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities (2010-13), which engaged 47 U.S. and international universities in COIL course development. He also directed the COIL Center’s Stevens Initiative project in the MENA region (2016-17) and launched the State Department funded US-Mexico Multistate COIL project which linked 18 Mexican higher education institutions with 14 US campuses.

Between 2002-11 he implemented his Cross-Cultural Video course at SUNY in which his students collaboratively co-produced videos with students in Turkey, Mexico, Belarus, Lithuania, and Germany.

In 2017, he created COIL Consulting (coilconsult.com) to support universities around the world to develop COIL initiatives. He has written many articles on COIL practice and is presently co-writing the Guide to COIL Virtual Exchange, to be published by Stylus Publishers in 2021.



May 28, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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