Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Collaborative Online International Learning is an innovative way for your students to engage in dialogue with their peers around the world.

By developing a COIL module for your course, you can help students extend their perspective on challenges that reach beyond our borders. COILed courses focus on creating student-to-student interactions and  opportunities to learn together with those who have perspectives different from our own. 

Typically COIL projects involve the co-development of a course module in existing courses by two or more instructors from different countries, each of whom recognize that a valuable kind of learning occurs when students from different parts of the world work together on a common area of focus.



The nature of these collaborations can take many forms. Projects can vary in length and format, from projects lasting several weeks, to semester length projects, and from synchronous to asynchronous. Often instruction prepares students for collaborative group projects, active learning, and they most often involve synchronous meetings.  COIL projects are usually taught in the context of in-person classes, but they can also be developed as part of synchronous and asynchronous coursework.

COIL courses often embrace the use of digital technology to bridge the distance that separates countries and partners. Forms of interaction include online discussion groups, videoconferences, class to class meetings, and group projects.

Where to find a partner?

Interested in exploring potential COIL partners around the world?  We are proud partners with COIL Connect ( , which offers a list of active faculty and universities pursuing COIL development:

COIL Connect