COIL Design 

  • Pre-COIL Preparation

    Crossing Borders Education Resources

    Link: Crossing Borders Education Resources

    Why it’s useful: Crossing Borders Education offers a wide variety of free instructional toolkits, films, and quote cards that you can use to prepare students for intercultural communication and collaboration. These can be used to set the stage for success prior to or during students’ first synchronous or asynchronous encounter with international peers.

    Making Group Contracts

    Link: Making Group Contracts (University of Waterloo)

    Why it’s useful: Contracts provide support and structure for groups as they work through their COIL projects and model professional skills. The process of developing a contract involves asking “how will we work together?” This question may reveal deeper layers of perspective and is a good follow up to an initial icebreaker.

    Dialogue Agreements

    Link: Dialogue Agreements

    Why it’s useful: This film demonstrates the process of developing an intercultural dialogue agreement and presents fundamental principles of intercultural dialogue.

  • Intercultural Learning

    Building Cultural Competence: Innovative Activities and Models by Darla Deardorff & Kate Berardo

    • Link: FIU Library
    • Why it's useful: This comprehensive book contains dozens of intercultural building exercises (many can be used for icebreakers!) for teams of all sizes. The book is broken down into nine sections and each section contains activities and tools focused on a unique aspect of cultural competence. Example sections include: Navigate Identity, Build Global Teams, Communicate Successfully, etc.


    HubICL (Intercultural Learning Hub)

    • Link: HubICL
    • Why it's useful: The Intercultural Learning Hub is an on-line space for those who mentor others--educators, coaches, trainers, facilitators--in intercultural competence, multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion, social justice, international education, and/or study abroad.  


  • Setting Expectations
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

    Diversity Abroad

    Diversity Abroad inspires and supports educators, policy makers, industry professionals and other stakeholders in leveraging global educational programs to support the academic success, interpersonal development and career readiness of students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

    Beginning on page 17 of their 2021 Global Impact Exchange report, the article--Approaching Virtual Exchange from an Equity Lens-- provides provoking considerations when designing Virtual Exchange and COIL programs.

    Make sure to periodically check their website for professional development opportunities, publications, research, and more centered on DEI in international education such as COIL.


    Virtual Exchange and Underrepresented Student Populations: Challenges and Barriers for Hispanic Students in Higher Education

    This research publication by FIU professors Dr. Maria Marino and Dr. Stephanie Delgado and sponsored by the Stevens Initiative explores the experiences of Hispanics in higher education who participate in COIL programs to create opportunities that can lessen inequity. Check back for a link to the publication!
  • Overcoming Language Gaps

    Translanguaging in Curriculum and Instruction: A CUNY-NYSIEB Guide for Educators

    Link: Translanguaging in Curriculum and Instruction: A CUNY-NYSIEB Guide for Educators



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Further Professional Opportunities

  • FIU Global Learning

    Global learning enables every student to engage with others to find connections among divergent perspectives. These connections are the bedrock upon which we all learn to create innovative, equitable, and sustainable solutions for our interconnected human and natural communities.

    Looking for other ways to apply global learning in your curriculum or co-curriculum?

    Visit Global Learning 

  • Fulbright Program

    The Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two- to six-weeks, project-based exchanges at host institutions in 160 countries across the globe. It is designed to bring specialized expertise to the host institution abroad. 

    Reach out to an FIU Fulbright Campus Liaison for more info

  • Stevens Initiative

    Stevens Initiative is committed to helping expand the virtual exchange field through three pillars of work: investing in promising programs, sharing knowledge and resources, and advocating for virtual exchange adoption. They also have opportunities for grants and other professional development events.

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