2016 COIL Conference

The SUNY COIL Center's annual conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together 350+ faculty, international programs staff, instructional technology staff, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to celebrate innovative models and best practices.
Dates 25 Apr 2016 12:00 am (UTC -4) 26 Apr 2016 12:00 am (UTC -4)
Place (View On Map) CUNY Graduate Center

2016 COIL Conference: COILing Across a Decade: Reflections and New Directions

For a decade the SUNY COIL Center has been reimagining education as a globally networked phenomenon. Collaborative Online International Learning* links faculty across borders to co-create learning environments in which students gain valuable digital and cross-cultural competencies through collaboration with international peers. We have in parallel expanded the landscape of higher education institutions at SUNY, across the US and the world who are internationalizing their curricula by implementing the COIL model to benefit their students, as well as their faculty and staff.

Our own networks have grown from a handful of loosely participating campuses in 2006 to over 50 committed member institutions working to normalize this model. At this, our tenth anniversary conference, we gather together to reflect on the evolution of the field, to celebrate accomplishments, to welcome new practitioners to our networks, and to investigate what new directions the next ten years may bring.

*COIL is used to refer to any pedagogical activities that use technology to link classrooms and students in geographically distant locations through coursework. Among the other terms used to describe such activity are virtual exchange, virtual mobility, globally networked learning, telecollaboration, and online intercultural exchange.

2016 COIL Conference Themes

This year's themes and topics include:

  • What Changes Hath Time Wrought? Reflections on COIL Initiatives/Courses Over the Years
  • What Does the Next Decade Hold for COIL?
  • Lessons Learnt from Growing, Embedding and Sustaining COIL
  • Student Perspectives and Voices from COIL Exchanges and Experiences (accepted students will be offered complimentary conference registration)
  • COILing for Employability: Teaching and Learning 21st Century skills
  • Increasing the Impact: Global Citizenship and Social Justice through COIL
  • Researching COIL: Theoretical Frameworks and Methodological Approaches
  • Fostering, Assessing and Evaluating Competences in COIL-enhanced Courses
  • Critical Incidents, Meltdowns and Teachable Moments in COIL-enhanced Courses
  • COIL Anything: Engaging New Disciplines and Inter-Disciplines
  • Bottom-Up or Top-Down: The Shape and Evolution of COIL Campus Initiatives. What Works?
  • COIL, Virtual Exchange and Telecollaboration: Lessons Learnt and Evolving Practices
  • Instructional Designers, International Programs and other Support in the Success of COIL
  • COIL as a Vector for Increased Participation in Study Abroad and Internationalization Initiatives
  • Making Pedagogically Informed Choices About Educational Technology in COIL

The 10th Anniversary COIL Conference (2016 COIL Conference) will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center (New York, US) on April 25-26, 2016.

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