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


    • Netiquette is a set of guidelines that will help you demonstrate appropriate online behaviours. Netiquette is important in the online environment to maintain the professional standards of behaviours that you are expected to demonstrated in the traditional classroom. Netiquette can help you prevent miscommunications and collaborate with your peers online. Learn how Netiquette can help your class have a great COIL experience.
  • 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!

    Language Acknowledgment

    Why a language acknowledgment? It is a simple but meaningful way of recognizing the linguistic diversity embedded in the COIL Virtual Exchange activities (sessions with students, conference settings, public events, gatherings, etc.) Learn more.

  • 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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    Their free, multi-award winning Amara Editors is a cloud-based do-it-yourself solution with state of the art subtitling features. Browse their website to learn about their full range of services.

  • Reflection

    This concise primer from Brock University provides clear guidance on how to facilitate effective reflection within different domains of learning: academic, personal, interpersonal/intercultural, social justice, and professional. Learn more.

  • Technology
    Download our guide on "How to Choose COIL Tools with Data Protection and Data Privacy in Mind"

More Professional Opportunities

  • SUNY-FIU Monthly COIL Community Webinar Series
    Sign up for free monthly meetings that feature guest presenters, knowledge sharing, and networking!
  • International Virtual Exchange Conference

    IVEC is the largest and most prominent event on Virtual Exchange, providing a forum for instructors, administrators, instructional designers, and educational leaders from institutions around the world interested in technology, international education, and new pedagogies.

    Learn more:


  • Journal of Virtual Exchange

    Journal of Virtual Exchange (JVE) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal aimed at practitioners and researchers in the field known variously as telecollaboration, virtual exchange, or online intercultural exchange. It is the official journal of UNICollaboration.

    Learn more:

  • UNICollaboration

    The mission of UNICollaboration is to promote the development and integration of virtual exchange across all disciplines and interest areas in formal and non-formal educational contexts through advocacy and outreach, opportunities for professional development and personal growth, research, and dissemination.

    Learn more:

  • Latin American COIL Network

    The Latin American COIL Network is an interdisciplinary network focused on the development of Collaborative Online International Learning methodology at a higher education level. It is being formed by Latin American universities and institutions around the world that are integrating COIL methodology in courses and which wish to do research in this area.

    Learn more:

  • SUNY COIL Center

    The SUNY COIL Center pioneered the COIL model in the early 2000s, and has been at the forefront of empowering professors, students, programs and institutions to embrace diversity through inclusive teaching and learning focused on equity while connecting through difference.

    Learn more about the comprehensive services they offer:


  • 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.

  • World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence

    The World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence is a global non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to connecting researchers and practitioners across disciplines, sectors, languages and countries to advance the knowledge, research and praxis of intercultural competence globally in the pursuit of a more peaceful world.

    Learn more:

  • 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

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