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Saturday, March 17 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
COILing for Content – moving away from skills-based learning to acquiring content knowledge across borders

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COIL efforts are often focused on developing 21st century skills, improving intercultural
communication and allowing students to see the world without travelling. While these
are of undeniable importance in an increasingly globalized world where education is
driven by innovation and internationalization, this presentation will explore the
opportunities COIL courses which are first and foremost based on knowledge transfer.
The presentation will address why COILing for content is so important and how big the
added value is of COILing on high context topics. The presenters will argue that while
COIL is a fantastic tool to allow for internationalization at home and the exploration of
modern technology, the main promise for COIL lies in exploring difficult content
together. In a world that is increasingly divided on issues of international importance, it
is crucial to explore such content together, across borders and from diverging points of
By using the case study of a current COIL course focusing on International Law run
jointly by a university in the Netherlands and in the US, the presenters will show what it
takes to COIL courses that are heavy on the content-element. What are key things to
remember when preparing for such a venture? How to make sure that the students
learn what they are supposed to learn? How to evaluate both the process and output of
such learning? What is the added value at the end of such a project?
Different in shape and size to most COIL efforts, COILing content-based courses offers a
promising niche for COIL projects; especially for programs that may already have a wellestablished
policy of equipping students with sufficient intercultural and technological
skills. Coiled content-based courses allow students to expand their academic knowledge
beyond what each individual university can offer and to make the most of being a world

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Isabel Duesterhoeft

Lecturer, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
Isabel Düsterhöft, LL.M Utrecht University, MA University of Hamburg, is a Lecturer in International/European Law in the European Studies program at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) in the Netherlands. Isabel is also the coordinator of incoming guest students for... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Room 9 FIT Conference Center