Design Workshop

The six modules of the FIU COIL Design Workshop will enable you and your partner(s) to develop a COIL Module Plan to integrate into your course syllabi.

In addition to attending four cohort Zoom meetings, you will complete readings independently and work with your partner to apply your learning to your COIL Module Plan. You and your partner will do your individual and partnered work at times that work best for you. After the workshop is over, you will complete final details and receive ongoing feedback and support from FIU COIL. You will receive a digital certificate of completion (20 hours) for this workshop.


  • Canvas LMS: Workshop readings are housed in Canvas.
  • Zoom: Instruction, activities, and peer feedback are conducted in four 2-hour synchronous meetings.
  • Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets: Course documents are housed in Google Drive folders for collaborative work and instructor feedback.

Enroll in COIL Design Workshop

Design Workshop Schedule

Week 1 and Zoom #1

Module 0: Welcome and Orientation

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn the elements of a COIL Module Plan
  • Assess partners’ unique time, culture, language, technology, content contexts

Week 2 and Zoom #2

Module 1: Icebreakers and Intercultural

Learning outcomes:

  • Design activities for establishing respect and trust
  • Develop activities for motivating students and preparing them for intercultural communication and online collaboration

Module 2: Essential Question & Student Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes:

  • Determine a common question or problem to focus the COIL module
  • Develop 1-3 COIL disciplinary and intercultural student learning outcomes

Week 3 and Zoom #3

Module 3: Collaborative Tasks

Learning outcomes:

  • Design instructions for the collaborative task

Module 4: Technology Tools

Learning outcomes:

  • Determine tools for asynchronous and
    synchronous communication 

Week 4 and Zoom #4

Module 5: Student Learning Reflection & Assessment

Learning outcomes:

  • Design student reflection activities and
    instruments for assessing disciplinary and cultural learning

Module 6: Final Presentations

Learning outcomes:

  • Present COIL Module Plan
  • Offer peer feedback on COIL Module Plans
  • Complete post-workshop reflection
My approach to intercultural communication has been enriched by experiencing the COIL training. My activities planning and organization will spring from student-centered learning objectives and assessments. I am better equipped to design COILs that are small, but focused, and build/strengthen intercultural communication.

COIL Design Workshop Participant