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Friday, March 16 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Action Lab for COIL Program Development

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Interest in the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) model is growing both nationally and internationally. However, most structured COIL development workshops to date have been focused on courses and individual faculty members, while the broader questions of how COIL should be integrated into university infrastructure and how campus stakeholders should guide this endeavor have been much less discussed or scaffolded. Collaborative teaching between two classroom instructors in different locations is the foundation of a COIL course, but the sustainability, scale, and impact of the COIL model typically relies on a broader campus team and leadership commitment. Who are the key stakeholders, and what role does each play? Why is it important to involve senior leadership? What is the relationship of COIL to other internationalization activities and institutional partners? What professional development support is needed to sustain a COIL program? How can a new campus initiative ramp up activities and set goals for student engagement and course implementation? This 90-minute Action Lab will be a highly interactive session working through these and other questions primarily in small groups, with the goal that participants begin to develop a set of individual action steps or an implementation timeline to follow upon their return to campus. The lab will be limited to 24 persons.


Jenifer Cushman

Chancellor, Penn State University, Beaver
Jenifer Cushman is Chancellor at Penn State Beaver, where she established Experiential Digital Global Engagement (EDGE) – Penn State’s answer to COIL – as a priority initiative. Cushman first engaged with COIL as Dean of International Education at NAFSA Simon Award-winning Juniata... Read More →
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Jon Rubin

Director, COIL Consulting
Jon Rubin was Founder and Director of the SUNY COIL Center from 2006-2017. He directed the National Endowment for the Humanities funded: COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities (2010-13), which engaged 47 U.S. and international universities in COIL course... Read More →

Heather Ward

American Council on Education
Heather H. Ward is associate director in the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council of Education, where she is primarily responsible for expanding ACE’s global engagement programs and resources through outreach to counterpart associations and... Read More →

Friday March 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Room 8 FIT Conference Center