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COIL Virtual Exchange Leadership Institute

This 6-week institute will bring together leadership teams from US and international higher education institutions to integrate Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Virtual Exchange into their curricula and internationalization plans.

April 5th-May 10th, 2021

A Remote Learning Experience

What is COIL Virtual Exchange?

COIL, also referred to as Virtual Exchange or Telecollaboration, connects teachers and their students with peers in other countries via the Internet. The model involves in-depth cooperation between paired teachers who co-design re-imagined courses and students who collaborate in small groups to complete shared projects. COIL is often embedded within the curriculum, offering meaningful, authentic international, intercultural, and sometimes interdisciplinary learning experiences to all teachers and students without additional costs associated with physical mobility. For those who do have the time and resources, COIL motivates and enriches study and travel abroad.

About the Institute

The Institute will enable participating teams to design goal-oriented Action Plans for sustaining and expanding a COIL Virtual Exchange program at their home institution over the long term. Teams will:

  • Evaluate their institution’s context and capacity for sustaining and expanding COIL Virtual Exchange
  • Identify ways diverse campus stakeholders and units will collaborate to support the program’s success
  • Connect to potential international partners and link COIL Virtual Exchange partnerships to other internationalization activities
  • Identify key strategies for facilitating effective professional development, student learning assessment, and program evaluation


The 6-week Institute will involve:

  • Six 90-minute synchronous “Information” sessions conducted over Zoom, with each session linked to a section of the Action Plan
  • Four 90-minute synchronous “Connection” sessions conducted over Zoom, with each session involving small group breakout meetings with Institute facilitators and breakout discussions with leaders from the field
  • Asynchronous institutional team planning between sessions

Schedule at a glance

Week 1

Information session: April 5, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)
• Introduction to Institute
• The Basics: COIL Virtual Exchange Design Fundamentals & Methods for Generating Excitement and Participation in COIL Virtual Exchange

Week 2

Information session: April 12, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)
• Institutional Strategy: COIL Virtual Exchange and Internationalization Strategy Post-COVID
Connection session: April 14, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)   
• COIL Coordination                             

Week 3

Information session: April 19, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)
• Supporting Growth: Professional Development and Partnering In-Depth
Connection Session: April 21, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00
• Global Networking                          

Week 4

Information session: April 26, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)
• Making Change: Organizational Structure, Resources, & Technology
Connection session: April 28, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)  
• Institutional Partnering & Matchmaking                           

Week 5

Information session: May 3, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)
• Continuous Improvement: Student Learning Assessment & Program Evaluation
Connection session: May 6, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)
• Institutional Partnering & Matchmaking                                 

Week 6

Information session: May 10, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00)
• Wrapping Up: Action Plan Presentations & Feedback

Who should attend?

The institute will accept COIL Virtual Exchange leadership teams comprised of 2 or 3 members from the same institution. Content is geared toward US and non-US institutions committed to initiating, sustaining and expanding widespread faculty and student engagement in COIL Virtual Exchange over the long term.

Successful COIL programs are most often led by collaborative teams bringing different capacities to the table. These teams may include a Senior International Officer or International Education leader, a high-level academic leader—such as Vice Provost or Dean—online learning professionals, instructional designers, teaching and learning center professionals, and/or faculty members.


  • Stephanie Doscher, Director of Collaborative Online International Learning, FIU
  • Jon Rubin, Director of COIL Consulting and former Director of the SUNY COIL Center

Guest Presenters

  • Keiko Ikeda, Professor and Vice Director, Institute for Innnovative Global Education, Kansai University
  • Eva Haug, Internationalisation of the Curriculum and COIL Advisor, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • GianMario Besana, Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning, DePaul University
  • Matthew Hagood, Director of Media Technology Services, FIU
  • Maikel Alendy, Learning Design Innovation Manager, FIU Online
  • Kris Acheson-Clair, Director of the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR), Purdue University

2021 Institute Participants

  • Valencia College, Florida
  • Morgan State University, Maryland
  • Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • UNC Charlotte, North Carolina
  • The Ohio State University
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • University of Denver, Colorado
  • University of Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain 
  • Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
  • Shenandoah University, Virginia
  • Trinity University, Texas
  • Connecticut College
  • North Carolina Central University
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico


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  • Important dates
    • January 27th, 2021: Applications open
    • March 1st, 2021, Midnight EST: Applications due
    • March 8th, 2021: Notifications and final schedule sent to applicants
    • March 19th, 2021: Payment due
  • Fees
    • Implementation teams of two or three members = $1200 per team
    • Payment accepted by check or by credit card via a registration link that will be sent to accepted applicants
  • Past participants
    • Agnes Scott College
    • Arizona State University
    • Bridge Valley Community and Technical College
    • CEU Cardenal Herrera University
    • CEU San Pablo University
    • Clackamas Community College
    • Eastern Michigan University
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • Lehigh University
    • Loyola Marymount University
    • Miami University
    • Northern Essex Community College
    • Ohio University
    • Penn State Beaver
    • Portland State University
    • Seneca College
    • Sophia University
    • St. Ambrose University
    • Tecnológico de Monterrey
    • Universidad de Monterrey
    • Universidad San Francisco de Quito
    • University of Arkansas
    • University of Central Florida
    • University of Maryland Baltimore County
    • Worcester State University

Contact us

Questions? Please contact FIU’s Office of Collaborative Online International Learning at