In an article in the Spring 2018 Issue of the IIE Networker, Jon Rubin and I argue that online technologies offer platforms for meaningful international exchanges in the college and university curriculum. The article “The SUNY U.S.-Mexico COIL Project: Expanding Exchange Where Travel is Limited” recounts the U.S. Mexico Multistate COIL Program that SUNY managed on behalf of the US Embassy in Mexico City.
We found that, provided with professional development training into course design and educational technologies, professors were able to co-construct shared syllabi and teaching methods that combined two courses into a shared for-credit learning experience. The COIL method connects two courses with online technologies allowing students the opportunity to carry out tasks and projects that combine intercultural learning, online teamwork, and the academic subject matter of the courses. The above graphic describes this model of collaborative online international learning (COIL).