Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is one method for internationalizing the curriculum that engages students in virtual learning opportunities and dialogue. The University of Minnesota has engaged with and implemented COIL in various ways:

  • In 2013, the UMN Internationalizing Teaching and Learning team partnered with the Minnesota State University system to host a kick-off workshop with Professor Jon Rubin, founder of COIL for the State University of New York (SUNY) system. This workshop was a result of his encouraging the University of Minnesota system to adopt COIL as part of the overall UM internationalization efforts.
  • Since 2013, the GPS Alliance has partnered with the Center for Educational Innovation and the Office of Information Technology to support faculty across all 5 University of Minnesota campuses in using COIL to internationalize their courses.
  • The UM-Twin Cities College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) piloted the first COIL cohort in 2014-15. In addition, faculty in the School of Nursing and College of Liberal Arts, UM-Twin Cities and several departments on the UM-Duluth campus were the first to implement COIL in their courses. Among these early adopters were several faculty members active in the Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program.

Please see the following resources to learn more about COIL at the University of Minnesota:

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COIL Spotlight

Professor Abi Asojo, College of Design, UMTC

Professor AbimbolaProfessor Abimbola incorporates COIL into her courses, assigning her students research projects where they learn about Nigerian culture and architecture, propose a design for individual lighting projects, and receive feedback from Nigerian students and faculty during virtual presentations. Read more >>