Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

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What is COIL?

A way for faculty to globalize curriculum.

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a term for the many ways faculty can engage with international partners to globalize their curriculum.

COIL connects accredited courses, linking the classrooms of two or more higher education institutions, each located in a different country or cultural setting. The COIL model creates equitable team-taught learning environments where faculty from two cultures work together to develop a shared project or syllabus emphasizing experiential and collaborative student learning. The courses give new contextual meaning to the ideas and texts they explore, while providing students new venues in which to develop their cross-cultural awareness.

COIL projects can range from a single collaborative event with two classes engaging in a shared experience, to asynchronous project-based collaboration, to an entire semester with a blended curriculum. By using widely available online tools, COIL projects can be employed to enhance curriculum in ways that meet the unique parameters of any course.


  • Increases students’ intercultural awareness and understanding.
  • Prepares students for study abroad.
  • Allows students to learn about the discipline they are studying from another perspective.
  • Prepares students to work in virtual teams with peers in other countries.
  • Provides students with experience in speaking with non-native English speakers.
  • Provides professional and international connections for faculty.

Kansai University (Japan)

Online International Learning


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