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Saturday, March 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Applied Learning: Next Steps for COIL

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As educators seek ways to embed high-impact applied learning concepts into their courses, COIL is a long-standing model that can manifest compelling projects if designed appropriately. Fundamentally, the COIL model aligns with the civic engagement definition of applied learning to educate global citizens.

Through participation in COIL projects, students develop team-based problem solving skills, intercultural competency as well as communication, digital literacy proficiency, through collaborating in teams with students from institutions around the world. Applied Learning is the framework, giving the collaboration a higher purpose, as well as providing a structure to keep students on task.

The presentation will review how the Applied Learning modality embedded into COIL curriculum makes course content compelling to students and accessible by doing. We’ll share the concepts of this pedagogical modality, review case studies, best practices, resources for success and brainstorm what Applied Learning COIL projects could work in your subject area.

The session will kick off with a explanation of the applied learning modality. Two presenters will spotlight case studies of their COIL collaborations that engage students in applied learning opportunities in the arts and sciences. The fourth presenter will then detail how the COIL professional development program incorporates applied learning criteria in the COIL course design. The interactive portion of the session will provide participants with the opportunity to co-create a COIL project that is infused with applied learning.


Merissa McKasty

Assistant to the Director, SUNY, Applied Learning
Merissa joined the SUNY System Team in May of 2016. Before heading to SUNY System, Merissa worked for the Research Foundation at Buffalo State College. Buffalo State College is also where Merissa completed her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. Her current work... Read More →

Sean Nixon

Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Real World Classroom TM Design, SUNY Ulster
Sean Nixon Associate Professor of Art and Coordinator of The Real World Classroom™ Design program at SUNY Ulster. He serves as the SUNY Ulster Applied Learning Liaison and is a SUNY Applied Learning Expert. He has presented at Academic conferences in the US, Mexico, and local business... Read More →

Dudu Sokhela

Senior Lecturer for Primary Health Care, Durban University of Technology
Senior Lecturer for Primary Health Care in the Department of Nursing, Durban University of Technology, South Africa. A qualitative researcher and a nurse educator specialising in IMCI

Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center