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Friday, March 16
 

9:00am

Keynote Address
Speakers
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Norman Bier

Executive Director Simon Initiative; Director, Open Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University
Norman Bier has spent his career at the intersection of learning and technology, working to expand access to and improve the quality of education. He is currently the Executive Director of the Simon Initiative and the Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

10:30am

Incidental development of EFL proficiency in online communication during collaborative online international projects
When adopted in language education, COIL aims to develop students’ language skills, especially output skills, and cross-cultural competence. Existing studies of such online facilitation in language education have largely employed online communication data over loosely-assigned discussion tasks, instead of more rigorously-organized collaborative projects which are not typical conventional practices, and reports about COIL projects in learning English as a foreign language (EFL) are scarce. The present study details online facilitation of an 8-week COIL module entitled “European (-style) buildings in Tianjin: Exploring modernity in East Asia”, collaborated by a College English class in a Chinese university and a Japanese Art and Civilization class in an American university. Students formed international teams and collaborated on projects on various European-style buildings in Tianjin, during which they continuously communicated within and beyond their own international team by online tools. Examined in this study is the 8-week online text-based communication between students from both sides, as triangulated with qualitative data of interviews and students’ essay. Quantitative and qualitative measures were employed to evidence the effect of online communication during COIL projects on Chinese students’ incidental development of linguistic complexity and accuracy. Data revealed Chinese students’ improvement in syntactic and lexical complexity, but no reliable increase was found in their linguistic accuracy, which might be expounded by the fact that, to facilitate their COIL projects, the students’ information exchange was more meaning-focused than form-focused. There was evidence that Chinese students intentionally adopted the language structures used by their international partners. Common errors committed by Chinese students, surprisingly, were related to basic grammars. This study will help to build a more comprehensive ecosystem of COIL in integration with technologies and language education, which may empower students with improved English proficiency and international outlook, and instructors with better professional development.


Speakers
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Ruiling Feng

Lecturer, Tianjin Normal University
Ruiling Feng is a lecturer and COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) coordinator in College English Department at the Foreign Languages College, Tianjin Normal University. She was a Fulbright scholar at Colgate University during the academic year 2014-2015. Her research... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

10:30am

When Two Worldviews Meet: Promoting Mutual Understanding between “Secular” and Religious Students of Islamic Studies in Russia and the United States
This presentation discusses preliminary results from two experimental co-taught courses in Islamic studies shared between the University of Michigan (U-M), USA, and St. Petersburg State University (SPBU), Russia in 2017. The innovation at SPBU consists of a preselected cohort graduated from Islamic religious colleges from across Russia, studying along with “secular” students specializing in Islamic studies. The U-M cohort was also of diverse religious, ethnic, and national backgrounds. International teams met outside class to prepare questions for the weekly synchronous whole-class discussions. In addition, each team worked on a project for presentation in class.
The courses promoted:
• Mutual appreciation, cooperation, and understanding between students of diverse religious, cultural, and national backgrounds.
• Formation of reading communities through the assignment of the same texts (in English) to both Russian and American participants in the class.
• International, interreligious dialogue within a rigorous academic framework
• The atmosphere of inclusion and mutual respect in which everyone was equally accepted and heeded as long as they had something meaningful to add to the discussion of the issues formulated by the students themselves, not their instructors.
Preliminary outcomes are based on classroom observation, student survey responses, reflections, and interviews. The positive dynamic between students suggests potential growth in respect for each other’s values, ideas and convictions in the future.

Speakers
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Todd Austin

Instructional Technologist, University of Michigan
If you are interested in sharing classes with a foreign partner using a live videoconferencing link, please contact me! We are looking to develop new courses in all subject areas and can help you to find a partner at the University of Michigan. Bio: Todd has led the Videoconferencing... Read More →
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Alexander Knysh

Professor of Islamic Studies
Professor Knysh’s academic interests include Islamic mysticism (Sufism), Qur’anic studies, the history of Muslim theological, philosophical and juridical thought, and modern Islamic/Islamist movements in comparative perspective. He has numerous academic and instructional publications... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

10:30am

Career Preparation through Virtual Exchange: Student Voices from Stevens Initiative Programs
More and more jobs require collaboration with colleagues or clients thousands of miles away, yet the vast majority of young people are hardly getting the exposure they need to understand and navigate a tumultuous world. By the time they complete their education, most young people do not have the international exposure they need to understand and thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. A very small minority of young people study abroad as part of their secondary or post-secondary education, so they are left to form their perspectives about people from other places and backgrounds through mainstream and social media, which often reinforce stereotypes.
The Stevens Initiative, an international effort to greatly expand access to virtual exchange, has made grants to organizations to implement a variety of exchange programs between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. This panel will feature student participants from a variety of grantee programs, and will explore students’ varied experiences. Students will share stories from their program, and describe the impact that the international experience had on them. The audience will hear what students have learned and the skills that they have gained through collaborating across cultures, how virtual exchange has helped to prepare them for their careers, and how virtual exchange programs can be expanded and improved to benefit more young people.

Speakers
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Andie Shafer

Program Associate, Stevens Initiative, Stevens Initiative
Andie Shafer is the Program Associate at the Stevens Initiative. In her role, Andie oversees the programmatic components of the Initiative’s 23 grants to organizations implementing virtual exchange programs. Before joining the Initiative, she served with the Aspen Institute’s... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

10:30am

COILing across continents: Suffern, NY to Pretoria, South Africa and Monterey, Mexico
Several Graphic Design students at Rockland Community College have had the opportunity to participate in one or more COIL projects over the past several semesters. Our panel will be comprised of students who have participated in COIL projects with TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) students from Pretoria, South Africa and UDEM (University of Monterey) students from Monterey, Mexico. Visual design has been the common thread through all projects with the goal of building bridges of cultural understanding between students. The projects have been varied between countries with collaborations focused on Graphic Design Advocacy issues and Fashion Marketing projects—depending on course learning objectives for each course. This panel seeks to present the experiences of the students first-hand—the good, the bad and in the case of the Fashion Marketing project—not very ugly. They will  be joined remotely by students from both TUT and UDEM along with their professors to discuss both the pros and cons of the collaborations and discuss how it has changed their perspectives.

Speakers
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Herman Botes

Tshwane University of Technology
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Eileen MacAvery Kane

Full-time instructor in the Art Dept. at Rockland Community College, Rockland Community College
Eileen MacAvery Kane is currently a full time instructor in the Art Dept. and director of the Graphic Design program at SUNY Rockland Community College, Eileen has over 25 years experience as a creative director, art director, and graphic designer. She received her MFA in Graphic... Read More →
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Thomai Thessalia Papathanasiou

Universidad de Monterrey


Friday March 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

10:30am

Developing and Implementing Interculturality: Integrating Globally Networked Learning into your Existing Pedagogy and Teaching Practices
Globally Networked Learning (GNL) can provide meaningful, effective learning opportunities for students to explore the intersections of cultures and competencies. Like most innovative pedagogical initiatives, however, it can be daunting to consider how best to develop, facilitate, and assess a seemingly new idea within an existing course plan. The GNL project team at York University has invested over a year of research inspired by, and drawing on, resources from the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) to determine best practices of GNL pedagogy to support the important pathway from idea through to development, facilitation, and evaluation.
This interactive session will offer participants the opportunity to consider Globally Networked Learning as a pedagogical strategy that can be integrated into, rather than simply added onto, a course syllabus. The session will begin with a discussion of considerations for effective pedagogy, drawing on research and good practice curated by York University’s Teaching Commons. Participants will then be invited to participate in a semi-structured exercise that guides the development of a GNL-based course activity that is built on a foundation of meaningful learning outcomes, co-facilitated by an international partner, supported by an institutional champion, and scaffolded by effective learning activities, assessment strategies, and learning technologies. Participants will leave the session with an actionable outline for incorporating their newly developed strategy into a current or upcoming course.

Speakers
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Lisa Endersby

Educational Developer, York University


Friday March 16, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 8 FIT Conference Center

10:30am

Live from the Trenches 2018: Instructional Designers’ Perspectives on COIL
Join our annual Instructional Designer discussion about the successes and challenges we have seen on our campuses. IDs from SUNY and the Global Partner Network will each provide an overview of COIL on his or her campus before going more in depth on selected issues. Afterward, we will answer questions from the audience. This is a great chance to dig into the minds behind some of the exemplary COIL programs in SUNY. We look forward to seeing you there.

Speakers
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Martha Gold

Instructional Technologist, Corning Community College
Martha Gold is the newish COIL Coordinator at Corning Community College. She is also the Instructional Technologist, the primary Blackboard administrator, trainer and all around dabbler in educational technology. In addition to her Nodal Network Coordinator duties she assists faculty... Read More →
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Douglas Hemphill

Instructional Designer, SUNY Oswego
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Elvita Wiasih

Assistant Coordinator, Kansai University
Elvita Wiasih earned her M.A. from Nagoya University in Japanese linguistics, second language acquisition, teaching Japanese as a foreign language. Prior to pursuing her study in Japan she taught Japanese at Al Azhar University Indonesia. Her area of interests are computer assisted... Read More →
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Hope Windle

COIL Coordinator, Ulster County Community College
Hope Windle is an innovative instructional design educator committed to creating digital curriculum that is accessible, inclusive, and global. She has been organizing COIL on her campus for 12 years, involving 785+students, 21+ faculty, with 2 COIL-related student global scholar trips... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 5 FIT Conference Center

11:00am

Does working in cross-cultural teams automatically lead to an increase of intercultural competencies?
This presentation addresses the question of relevant competencies and prior knowledge students as well as lecturers need to have in order to teach and comprehend the advantages of collaborative online international learning projects. COIL projects are an excellent method to provide opportunities for gaining international experiences at home. Students do not necessarily have to travel to other countries or study abroad in order to increase their intercultural awareness. Integrating a COIL project to the curriculum leads not only to increasing cross-cultural awareness of students but also to improving media and digital literacy and to work in virtual teams. However, not all of the students understand this unique opportunity and therefore the learning outcomes are limited in some groups.
The obvious advantages of COIL projects need to be discussed on a meta level. The prerequisite is that students understand the main purpose of those projects. This understanding can be created through several channels: find out about prior knowledge the students have, share new knowledge about intercultural teamwork and virtual teams, discuss their self-competence, etc.
An interesting question shall be raised: does working in cross-cultural teams automatically lead to an increase of intercultural competencies? The competence model by Heyse and Erpenbeck will be the basis to discuss this question. Competencies students and lecturers need in order to be prepared for COIL projects are as follows: social skills, professional skills, methods expertise and self-competence.
Another approach to discuss the relevance of prior knowledge is the Development Model of Intercultural Sensitivity by Milton Bennett and Mitchell Hammer. This model describes the reactions of people to cultural differences.
In this presentation, I would like to discuss the basis and prerequisites to work in cross-cultural teams. It is essential to have an open and flexible attitude towards the team and the people. Another key factor is self-competence.

Speakers
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Nina Trinkl

Head Of Competence Center For Marketing, University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication
Nina Trinkl is Head of Competence Center for Marketing at the Department for Communication, Marketing & Sales, University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication, Vienna. She received her master's degrees in International Business Administration and in Business Education... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

11:00am

Implementation of online international graduate courses using innovative pedagogy and practice: The experience of the Department of Wood, Cellulose and Paper.
The experience of the Department of Wood, Cellulose and Paper (WC&P) for the implementation of online international graduate courses is described. Currently, the WC&P has a master program in Forest Products. Two years ago, the WC&P started a total reengineering process of its pedagogic and research activities including the design and implementing of a new Ph. D international program on Biosustainable Materials. There are many issues to face in order to establish international online graduate courses: human resources, English skills (both faculty and students), innovative courses, international faculty recruitment, and economic and material resources. Both, the Foreign Languages International Program (FLIP) and the WC&P designed a strategy including preparation of human resources in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology by the institution Educluster Finland, identification of stakeholders, student recruiting and innovative pedagogy and practices. The WC&P is interested in having graduate programs participating actively on the global Network Learning Program. After working two years, we are in the last stage to begin the delivering of international courses.

Speakers
avatar for Jose Antonio Silva Guzman

Jose Antonio Silva Guzman

jasilva@dmcyp.cucei.udg.mx, UNIVERSIDAD DE GUADALAJARA
Professor and Head of Department, Department of Wood, Cellulose and Paper, University Center of Exact Sciences and Engineering, University of Guadalajara. Ph. D. College of Forestry, Oregon State University.


Friday March 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

11:30am

Student perceptions on the impact of COIL: Data from 34 COIL courses across disciplines.
DePaul University launched an institution wide COIL initiative in 2013. In Fall 2015 a single assessment instrument for students participating in COIL courses was developed and deployed each term. The instrument is aimed at assessing the impact of the intercultural aspects of the COIL experience on students’ attitudes and behaviors (it does not address content-focused learning outcomes). The instrument has been distributed to 673 students from 34 courses through 7 terms. Responses from 297 students (44% response rate) have been collected and results of the assessment will be presented. As each COIL course is unique in the structure, intensity, and modality of intercultural interaction, the success of COIL courses varies from course to course, faculty to faculty. This variability is clearly reflected in the results; nonetheless, a few general trends emerge from the results and the presentation will highlight them.

Speakers
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GianMario Besana

Associate Provost for Global Engagement And Online Learning, DePaul University
GianMario Besana is the Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning at DePaul University. Under his guidance, DePaul’s faculty training program for online teaching was recognized in 2012 with the Sloan-C award for best faculty development program for online teaching... Read More →
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Rosi Leon

Assitant Director of Global Engagement, DePaul University
Rosi Leon is the Assistant Director for Global Engagement and Online Learning at DePaul University. In this capacity she provides highly specialized support for the COIL initiative across ten Colleges. In particular, she oversees the process of matching DePaul faculty with international... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

11:30am

Cross-cultural communication in virtual learning: An exploration of possible knowledge and skills gaps
The challenges and transformations faced by universities as institutions of tertiary education, more specifically competition of funding, the driving forces of globalization, the changing demographics of often academically unprepared students, the increasing pressure of an increasing workload for educators, and the necessity to prepare students to become global citizens have transformed the learning environment of higher education significantly. Presented in the theoretical underpinnings of social constructivism (Vygotsky 1978, 57), student centred learning (Lea, Stephenson and Troy 2003) and the cultural competency model of Jones (2010) the purpose of this paper is to explore and identify, by means of a thematic qualitative analysis of 18 personal reflections of students affiliated to a university in the Netherlands and Australia, who participated in a virtual learning project for a period of 20 weeks, possible skills and knowledge gaps, which could have had an effect on the overall success of the project, and to provide possible solutions in this regard, for future projects of this nature.

Speakers
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Ivonne Dekker

Lecturer, HOGESCHOOL UTRECHT (UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES)
Dr. Ivonne Dekker is an education specialist at the Institute of Communication at the University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands. She holds a PHD in International Communication and has extensive international experience in tertiary education, obtained in South Africa... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

11:30am

Progress and challenges of COIL in Latin America
Over these past years COIL has evolve to be an alternative for non-mobile students at Latin American Higher Institutions. It is through COIL that Latin American universities are experiencing a pathway to internationalize their students, their faculty and their curriculum. This session will consist in an overview of the progress and challenges that universities in Mexico, Brasil, Chile, and Colombia are facing when implementing COIL as an Internationalization at Home strategy. Lessons learned and the role of the Latin American COIL coordinators will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Cristina Montoya

Maria Cristina Montoya

SUNY professor, Oneonta
María Cristina Montoya is an associate professor at SUNY College at Oneonta. Her expertise in sociolinguistics allows her to implement innovative teaching practices targeting intercultural competence. Dr. Montoya designs COIL modules while developing new partnerships with universities... Read More →
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Priscila Palacios

Associate Professor, Duoc UC
Priscila “Pitti” Palacios is an associate professor at the Fashion Design Program in Duoc UC – Viña del Mar campus. Industrial designer specialized on textile technics, Pitti Palacios is inspired by social, ethical and sustainable design. Aware of cultural changes she has focused... Read More →
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Brenda Garcia Portillo

Director of Internationalization Projects, Universidad de Monterrey UDEM, UNIVERSIDAD DE MONTERREY
Brenda García is Director of Internationalization Projects at Universidad de Monterrey. Previously she was Coordinator of Study Abroad. During her term, UDEM became the Mexican university with the highest study abroad participation rate. She also served as an associate professor... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

11:30am

Whatever Happened to Online Learning? An International Review 20 Years On
In 2017, the Observatory assessed the state of online and blended higher education around the world, from the United States to India, and Mexico to China. We examined twelve countries in all. Online learning has long promised transformative change for higher education in terms of student access, learning quality and cost, not least across international borders, but what is the reality today? This session considers the evidence.

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Richard Garrett

Director, OBHE, The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
Richard Garrett is Director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a think tank focused on online learning, internationalization and new providers. The Observatory has about 150 institutional members worldwide, including University of Auckland, University of Alberta, University... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

12:00pm

Challenging stereotypes through COIL.
The world looks to be changing.
We are witnessing a series of changes between the countries, in our specific context, the bilateral relationship between the United States and Mexico, could turn us back to a point where none of us has seen before. All these changes have been promoted based on the implementation and maintenance of a series of stereotypes, which, as we know, do not represent the objective reality of any culture.

It is our responsibility, the teachers located on each side of the bridge, to fight that these currents do not destroy the work that has been done over the years.

On our end - the teachers from Mexico - we understand that we have to work a little harder, always having the mission of making the international community, to see that our country has a great variety, and that we have many people who work and study every day to live in a country - and in a world - better.

This panel is a sample of those practices that we have developed, together with our partners in the COIL courses, in order to question - or to break - with those stereotypes.

Speakers
avatar for Alfonso Guevara

Alfonso Guevara

Professor, Universidad de Monterrey
Since the mid-90s, Alfonso has been involved in the art world, either as a creator, researcher and as a scholar. He have been lecturer, speaker, moderator and part of the jury board in several northern mexican college events, as well in some other art and photography contest. At... Read More →
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Alejandra Ortega

Professor, Universidad La Salle - Mexico
Studied Communication in Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City, has a master's degree in Education from Universidad La Salle, Mexico City. Since 2006 has been teaching in La Salle University, in the Communication department. Has written two books, which main themes are creativity... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

12:00pm

Photographic Wake
Visual language can transcend cultures and borders as a way to communicate topics and ideas. Through best practice strategies from projects I will illustrate the strengths and frailties of recent collaborations using photography. Mapping out the structure of the collaboration, goals, artifacts and assessment will be addressed during this presentation.
• Presentation Outcomes
1. Participants of the presentation will have an understanding of how to incorporate photography into an assignment that has relevance to the learner.
2. Participants of the presentation will have an understanding of how to structure an assignment into 4 basic modules to reach tangible goals for the collaboration.

Speakers
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Joe Ziolkowski

Assistant Professor Of Photography & Art, Genesee Community College
Joe Ziolkowski (Jacksonville, FL, United States) received a Masters of Science in Education, Concentration: Art Education from Nazareth College of Rochester. A Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University... Read More →



Friday March 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

12:30pm

Lunch in the neighborhood (on your own)
Lots of lunch spots in the neighborhood - check some out here: Lunch near FIT


Friday March 16, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

Researching the Impact of Internationalized Learning and Experience on Students
We propose a presentation of our enhanced, two-year research on the effect of an internationalized education on future employment. Recent studies have revealed that students with international exposure fair well culturally and socially in society. Other studies demonstrate how an international experience lead to better overall academic performance. But there is insufficient, significant research on the economic impact of internationalization at higher education institutions on alumni. The purpose of this research was to study the link between campus internationalization and alumni success. Queens College, the City University of New York, was used as a case study. The primary source of data collection was from an online survey submitted to a random sample of 524 graduates of Queens College from the last twenty years (1995-2016). Data was collected on the economic effects of internationalization and the effects of integrating global dimensions into postsecondary education. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.  Our results provided overwhelming evidence that, out of all international exposure opportunities, a globalized curriculum had the most significant economic effect in terms of employment status and wage.  We benchmarked this data against other universities and inferred successful methods of internationalization beyond campus. Therefore, by exploring this research, we were able to augment Queens College’s strategic policy to enhance campus-wide participation in the work of internationalization and illustrate how practice was related to real-world success.

Speakers
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Schiro Withanachchi

Lecturer, Queens College, City University of New York
Schiro has lived abroad in locations from Asia to the Middle East. After an early career working for Lockheed Martin (Aircraft) Corporation, she transitioned to teaching in higher education. Her 15 years of teaching has involved innovative pedagogy using globalized curriculums and... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

2:00pm

Connecting Internationalization Strategies: COIL, Interdisciplinary Studies and Study Abroad
Interest in methods for embedding internationalization within the curriculum is growing. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is an approach to fostering cross-cultural student competence through development of multicultural learning environments that link credit-bearing university or college classes in different countries. Utilizing the COIL method in conjunction with short-term study abroad, which has already been shown to have positive impacts on development of intercultural competence in students (Czerwionka, L., et al, 2014), increases student-to-student interaction. Allowing students to work together virtually in a project-based learning environment grounds intercultural exchange within the context of disciplinary or interdisciplinary problem solving, increases the trust and comfort levels between students, and leads to richer interaction during the mobility phase of a short-term study abroad course. Through a Capacity Building Undergraduate Study Abroad grant in 2016, SUNY Cobleskill developed an interdisciplinary hybrid graphic design and agricultural business course with a COIL component. International partner La Salle University (Mexico City, Mexico) provided the graphic design students and faculty to engage in a cross-cultural branding and marketing project with SUNY Cobleskill students and faculty. The success of the course and project have led to a short-term study abroad program in Mexico, focusing on culture and the Mexican consumer. This innovative pedagogical approach has not only strengthened interdisciplinary collaborations with embedded cross-cultural perspectives; it has also encouraged student mobility. Furthermore, such connected internationalization strategies can be replicated in other academic disciplines.

Speakers
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Susan Jagendorf-Sobierajski

Executive Director, SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
Susan Jagendorf-Sobierajski is Executive Director of International Education at SUNY Cobleskill. She designs international collaborative programs, supports faculty projects overseas, and directs government-funded international programs. Dr. Jagendorf-Sobierajski also oversees international... Read More →



Friday March 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

Community College Freshmen and MA Students: Students Reflections on a Collaboration on Literature and Terrorism through a Novel
Within the framework of a cluster Tragedy, Comedy, Absurdity, we developed one staged unit in which LaGuardia Community College First Year liberal arts students collaborated in writing and conversation with Moroccan students enrolled in a second year Masters of Humanities program at the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tetouan, Morocco, during Fall 2017. Within the framework of a cluster Tragedy, Comedy, Absurdity, we developed one staged unit in which LaGuardia Community College First Year liberal arts students collaborated in writing and conversation with Moroccan students enrolled in a second year Masters of Humanities program at the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tetouan, Morocco, during Fall 2017.

In this cluster we considered how plays and novels address major questions about life: Why are we here? Is there a real purpose to this life? Is there such a thing as destiny? In what ways are we free, unfree? To what degree are we controlled by our genes, our environment? Why do we cross ethical boundaries, commit crimes? How do individuals from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds approach and navigate these kinds of questions?

The cluster is comprised of 5 courses: Introduction to Theatre, English Composition I, The Research Paper, Introduction to Theatre, and French and Francophone Literature in Translation.

Reading classic Greek and contemporary plays, students explored different characters’ responses to ambiguous, treacherous, and absurd situations. In the Francophone literature course, students investigated significant French and Francophone literary works from the 19th century to today, and discussed utopist ideas, love and hate, responsibility and freedom, family and faith, compassion and loyalty, violence and war.

Our project focused on the novel Horses of God written by the Moroccan author, Mahi Binabine. The novel traces the lives of four childhood friends growing up near in a slum near Casablanca, navigating poverty, violence and religious fundamentalism. Students in both colleges read the novel, watched the film, wrote assignments about the novel, created introductory videos about themselves and wrote post-COIL reflections.

Speakers
avatar for Habiba Boumlik

Habiba Boumlik

Associate Professor, LaGuardia CC
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Dr. Boumlik teaches Arabic and French at LaGuardia CC. Her publications include: “Female Activists in Tunisian Socio-Political Movements. The Case of Amira Yahyaoui” in Arab Women and the Media in Changing Landscapes. Springer. 2017. Doris... Read More →
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Phyllis van Slyck

Professor, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Phyllis van Slyck teaches writing and literature courses from a global perspective. She is interested in postcolonial literature, gender issues, and texts that elucidate the social and cultural construction of identity. Her forthcoming publications... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

A SUNY Oneonta and Cali, Colombia Partnership to Build Intercultural Competence and Language Learning
Faculty from SUNY Oneonta and Universidad del Valle will share their experiences connecting undergraduate and graduate students in Oneonta, New York and Cali, Colombia through courses in language, history, and museum studies. They will discuss: 1) the assessment tools they have used to evaluate their work, 2) the theoretical frameworks that have informed their curricular designs, and, 3) the practical lessons they have learned in their collaborations. The panelists will analyze their practices—over several semesters and across a variety of courses and disciplines—utilizing the COIL framework to cultivate students’ intercultural competence skills as well as to support language acquisition. University students today face pressure not only to be aware of cultural differences, but also to use language pragmatically as they skillfully negotiate diverse cultural settings. These skills are often difficult to obtain in the classroom. COIL is a powerful sociolinguistic teaching tool, which supports faculty efforts to cultivate high-level intercultural communication skills among students. In their collaborations, the panelists have utilized the frameworks and methodologies of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to structure and assess their students’ interactions and projects. Through sustained collaboration and reflective practice, the panelists have been able to refine their methods and identify innovative and effective ways for both undergraduate and graduate students to build intercultural communicative competence and language acquisition. Through their experiences and assessments, the panelists have observed that by participating in COIL courses, students have cultivated language skills that are difficult to obtain in traditional classroom settings. They have advanced their knowledge of U.S. and Colombian history and its connections to contemporary issues. Perhaps most important, they have shared elements of their cultures and identities that are important to them and have explored issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability in new and complex ways.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Cristina Montoya

Maria Cristina Montoya

SUNY professor, Oneonta
María Cristina Montoya is an associate professor at SUNY College at Oneonta. Her expertise in sociolinguistics allows her to implement innovative teaching practices targeting intercultural competence. Dr. Montoya designs COIL modules while developing new partnerships with universities... Read More →
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William Walker

Associate Professor & Professor, SUNY Oneonta
William S. Walker is associate professor of history at the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta), a museum studies M.A. program in Cooperstown, NY. His research and teaching focus on how museums engage with issues of identity, race, and culture, and he is particularly interested... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

The Power of Partnership: Cultural Bridging to Promote Transformative Learning
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) holds tremendous potential for expanding students’ global perspective. Fruitful collaboration requires mutual respect and faculty commitment to full partnership during the design and implementation of the course.
Planning for COIL courses is also more effective when the course faculty have access to an intermediary or cultural bridge that can observe the conversation between the teaching faculty and comment on similarities as well as differences. All COIL courses can benefit from having a cultural bridge but the cultural bridge is especially important when the two faculties are not well acquainted or if the two participating cultures are significantly different from one another.
The person acting in the role of cultural bridge most likely will work for the international or global services at one of the participating universities. If such a person were not available then a community member who has experience in both of the cultures would be appropriate.
This Action Lab experience will discuss social theorist Riane Eisler’s (1987) cultural transformation theory and how the structures of domination and partnership can impact the effectiveness of COIL. Participants will then assess their own institutions and programs for where they lie on the partnership/domination paradigm.
Once participants understand partnership behaviors, they will learn how to collaborate to create potential “aha” or transformative learning experiences to expand the students’ global perspective. Participants will experience scenarios and role-playing activities to demonstrate practical application for their own COIL courses.

Speakers
avatar for Teddie Potter

Teddie Potter

Clinical Associate Professor, Director Of Inclusivity And Diversity, University of Minnesota
Teddie Potter PhD, RN, FAAN: Clinical Associate Professor, Coordinator Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership, Director of Inclusivity and Diversity for the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Potter’s expertise is cultural transformation... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 5 FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

High touch and high tech solutions for intercultural and cultural adjustment preparation for study abroad
Developing global competence is a must, with diversity everywhere: in our communities, the workplace, global economies. Research shows that mobility programs build global competence, but only when accompanied by a comprehensive educational global competence program with evidence-based methodology and content. These programs are mostly done in-person and are based on the belief that best global competence educational programs require a high-touch, low-tech learning environment.

At AFS Intercultural Programs we found serious limitations to doing purely in-person training, related to scalability, affordability, and accessibility. Technology is a necessary companion to in-person learning. We find that well-designed blended learning programs -- high-touch and high-tech -- are even better.

SCALABILITY: In-person programs are often too robust to be scaled up. With a blended learning program, this issue is directly addressed and resolved: the same number of facilitators can deliver the training to more participants.

We shouldn’t be concerned that time spent online is not of as high quality as in-person. It is crucial to choose what elements of a training program will be best addressed online.

AFFORDABILITY: In-person programs are often beyond the reach of those who need or benefit from them most, especially in the developing world. While there is a substantial initial cost in setting up the online environment, they are much more affordable than fully in-person trainings. Also, the online component can add methods of learning that weren’t possible before, such as forums with global cohorts.

ACCESSIBILITY: Differently abled people are sometimes left out of in-person programs, which goes against the idea of accepting diversity on all levels. The right Learning Management System, following international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), makes blended learning programs more accessible. Plus, with blended learning, learners access content at their own pace and can go back anytime they want/need, accommodating each learner’s specific needs.

Speakers
avatar for Bert Vercamer

Bert Vercamer

Chief Program Innovation and Educational Products Officer, AFS Intercultural Programs
bert.vercamer@afs.org - As a professional, Bert focused on international mobility, global education, intercultural learning, organizational development, facilitation and training. He has worked in the intercultural and educational field over the past 16 years, having lived in 6 countries... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 8 FIT Conference Center

2:30pm

Leading from the Middle: Lessons Learned from Developing Awareness of and Competency for Globally Networked Learning among Faculty, Staff, and Students at York University
With the support of an Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) grant, colleagues at York University formed a project team to begin the task of embedding Globally Networked Learning (GNL) pedagogy at the university. This Provost-driven initiative required a strong focus on mobilizing faculty through the work of an external project team, who represented a diverse yet lateral structure of positions and influence within the institution. While many similar initiatives at the institution related to experiential learning and eLearning, for example, often begin at and are driven by a top down approach in the institutional hierarchy, the GNL project team at York experienced a unique collection of successes and barriers in initiating, facilitating, championing, and assessing a pan-university initiative by attempting to mobilize and inspire from within rather than leading from above.
The York University GNL project began with a concurrent effort to complete a needs analysis and build meaningful relationships to identify possible initial challenges and important gaps in awareness, resources, or support. Our approach was informed, in part, by similar initiatives at other institutions including Cégep de Sherbrooke (Boîte à outils pour l’internationalisation d’un programme d’études, Cégep de Sherbrooke, n.d.)Through a series of intensive workshops, meetings, and consultations, the GNL project team facilitated opportunities for professional development and inter-faculty dialogue that emphasized an attempt to integrate GNL into both the culture and practice of the institution to promote the teaching and development of global competencies (Framework for 21st Century Learning ). This session will explore the benefits and barriers to a ‘leading from the middle’ approach to the integration of GNL pedagogy that relied heavily on buy in and the convening of institutional champions to advance strategic priorities without the regular or highly visible support of the institutional colleagues who hold a high stake in their execution. A model for exploring this method as either complementary to more traditional approaches to integrating GNL into curriculum or as a primary means of introducing GNL will be discussed, including lessons learned and recommendations for similar project teams.

Speakers
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Lisa Endersby

Educational Developer, York University


Friday March 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

2:30pm

The Academic Nomad: Student Mobility Reconceptualized through Connected Learning
Today’s graduate students are true academic nomads, who find themselves engaging in collaborative online learning initiatives from multiple time zones, countries, and cultures. How can we utilize the mobility already inherent in graduate student lives to generate innovative blended learning programs and courses? With the knowledge that blended spaces offer opportunities for transnational collaboration, this panel, co-presented by administrators, students, and faculty, will explore the ways international education can utilize the framework of connected learning and harness the mobility of the student experience to construct unique virtual learning experiences. By the end of the session, participants will be able to question and conceptualize what it means to be an academic nomad, to articulate how students engage in connected learning, and to identify the potential ways in which both academic nomads and connected learning present opportunities for transnational collaboration and programming.

Speakers
avatar for Terra Gargano

Terra Gargano

Program Director, Faculty, American University, School of International Service
Terra Gargano serves as the Program Director for Online Programs in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural and cross-cultural communication, training in online contexts, and qualitative... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

2:30pm

“What Students Say About COIL: Perspectives from a Collaboration that Studies Current Global Events and Human Rights”
The focus of this presentation is to describe COIL’s impact through the voices of students, who participated in a COIL collaboration in courses offered in the New York City in the USA and Byblos in Lebanon. Students from FIT and AUT will relate their experiences and what they learned.

The two courses are Dr. Chaudhry’s course at FIT, “Introduction to World Affairs” and Dr. Merheb’s course at AUT on “Human Rights”. Their collaboration lasts for the entire semester, and their students represent the diversity that is typical on their urban campuses. Their COIL partnership introduced the students to multiple ideas, perspectives, principles, and basic concepts for understanding the contemporary world. It exposed students to analytical tools that are relevant to the effective study and understanding of global phenomena and the world we currently live in from a cross-cultural, cross-regional, multi-religious perspective.

Students will describe the work they did together and its impact on everyone involved. They will relay what they did to explore two of the main themes of the courses, Samuel P. Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” and human displacement. The audience will view some of the student videos that the students used to share their ideas with each other. The faculty will give their perspectives, and the audience will also learn about the wider impact of COIL on the two campuses from the FIT COIL Coordinator
The focus of this presentation is to describe COIL’s impact through the voices of students, who participated in a COIL collaboration in courses offered in the New York City in the USA and Byblos in Lebanon. Students from FIT and AUT will relate their experiences and what they learned.

The two courses are Dr. Chaudhry’s course at FIT, “Introduction to World Affairs” and Dr. Merheb’s course at AUT on “Human Rights”. Their collaboration lasts for the entire semester, and their students represent the diversity that is typical on their urban campuses. Their COIL partnership introduced the students to multiple ideas, perspectives, principles, and basic concepts for understanding the contemporary world. It exposed students to analytical tools that are relevant to the effective study and understanding of global phenomena and the world we currently live in from a cross-cultural, cross-regional, multi-religious perspective.

Students will describe the work they did together and its impact on everyone involved. They will relay what they did to explore two of the main themes of the courses, Samuel P. Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” and human displacement. The audience will view some of the student videos that the students used to share their ideas with each other. The faculty will give their perspectives, and the audience will also learn about the wider impact of COIL on the two campuses from the FIT COIL Coordinator

Speakers
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Praveen K. Chaudhry

Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology
Dr. Praveen K. Chaudhry is a recipient of the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities. He is a Professor of Political Science at Fashion Institute of Technology/ SUNY. He has been actively involved in COIL with a focus on MENA... Read More →
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Helen Gaudette

Assistant Dean For International Education, Fashion Institute of Technology
Dr. Gaudette is the Assistant Dean for International Education at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. In this capacity, she manages international programs, builds relationships with partner institutions, and develops new international curricular initiatives like COIL, as the... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

3:00pm

The Impact of Collaborative Online International Learning on Chinese Hospitality and Tourism Management Students
Over the past 12 months, educators from China (Jinan) and the United States (Chicago) developed and implemented a series of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) modules into their undergraduate-level hospitality and tourism management courses. Between the two schools, more than 200 students have participated in these four to five week fully-online synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. From the perceptive of the Chinese students, the goals of these two COIL experiences were to: (a) increase general knowledge of the rapidly evolving global hospitality and tourism industry, and (b) enhance soft skills among future hospitality and tourism industry workers. The Chinese hospitality and tourism industry is experiencing remarkable growth when compared to its regional and global counterparts, which underscores the urgent need for a well-qualified workforce who can have an immediate positive impact across of a variety of industry segments (lodging, food and beverage, airlines, rail, meeting and events, and private clubs). One of the many ways to help ensure a qualified workforce is to focus on enhancing hospitality and tourism management courses within higher education. The proposed 30-minute presentation will present findings from a survey exploring the Chinese student experience with COIL in hospitality and tourism management courses. Both expectations and perception of students will be discussed. Finally, a comparison of COIL and non-COIL courses will be presented to stimulate ongoing discussion related to best practices in planning, delivery, and assessment of COIL modules in the Chinese classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Thomas

Nicholas Thomas

Assistant Professor, DePaul University
Dr. Nicholas J. Thomas is Assistant Professor and Director of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement in the School of Hospitality Leadership within the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University. In addition to conducting... Read More →



Friday March 16, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

3:00pm

100,000 Strong in the Americas: Building a Successful Partnership and Proposal
The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is a public-private sector collaboration between the Partners of the Americas, U.S. Department of State, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, corporations, foundations, and U.S. Embassies working together to inspire U.S. universities and colleges to team up with universities and technical education institutions in the Western Hemisphere to create new student exchange and training opportunities. Innovation Fund grants enhance institutional capacity, increase student mobility, stimulate regional education cooperation, and contribute to workforce development. Innovation Fund grant-winning partnerships increase student exchange opportunities and strengthen connectivity between higher education networks throughout the Americas.

The session will provide participants with useful background and understanding of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund and how Innovation Fund grants can be used by HEIs in the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean to enhance bi-lateral partnerships and increase student mobility between campuses. Specifically, the session will be broken into three sections to provide an overview of the Innovation Fund objectives, the steps needed to build a strong proposal, and provide participants with first-hand experience from institutions that have successfully competed for and won Innovation Grants. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund and useful tools and strategies for writing a winning proposal.


Speakers
avatar for Melissa  Golladay

Melissa Golladay

Vice President, Partners of the Americas
Melissa Golladay is the Vice President for Education and Global Citizenship at Partners of the Americas. She has over 12 years of professional experience working in Latin America and the US on citizen diplomacy, volunteerism, leadership and community development. As Vice President... Read More →



Friday March 16, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

3:00pm

Examining Diversity: Collaborative Insights by Teacher Candidates and Leadership Interns
Three faculty members share their perspectives regarding both the discoveries we made and the challenges we confronted as we embarked on our COIL project during the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017. During this COIL partnership, Professor Bannasch-Grigoleit taught a class titled “Teaching English in Inclusive Primary Classrooms” for a group of twenty-four pre-service teachers in Germany; Professor Markert taught a course titled “Internships for School and Building Leaders” and she supervised a group of five aspiring educational leaders in the U.S. as they completed rigorous administrative internships. Teams of four or five pre-service teachers were assigned to partner with each of the administrative interns over the course of several months as they examined the topics of diversity and equity in schools located in Germany and the United States.

During this presentation we will share excerpts of the students’ published works via the BLOG site, view a video clip of the German students sharing their ideas about diversity, and study the anecdotal comments offered by the administrative interns who have now graduated and landed school building leadership positions in Central New York State. Audience members will first have an opportunity to comment on the pre-service teachers’ ideas shared during the video, and will then be asked to grapple with the same series of critical questions we provided for our students as they began their COIL assignments.

Speakers
avatar for Frederik Ahlgrimm

Frederik Ahlgrimm

University of Potsdam
Dr. Frederik Ahlgrimm works in the field of teacher education and school development. After studying music and Latin in Potsdam (Germany) and Turin (Italy) and working as a student teacher he received his Ph.D. for his research on school development and teacher collaboration in German... Read More →
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Doreen Bannasch-Grigoleit

University of Potsdam
Doreen Bannasch-Grigoleit currently works in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (primary school). After studying English, German and Science she has worked as a teacher at primary and secondary schools for 10 years. She now teaches both student teachers during their... Read More →
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Linda Rae Markert

Professor, SUNY Oswego
Dr. Linda Rae Markert served thirteen years as Dean of SUNY Oswego’s School of Education before returning to her full professor position in the Department of Educational Administration. She currently instructs graduate candidates in the Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational... Read More →



Friday March 16, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

3:30pm

Coffee, Networking & Poster Session
Friday March 16, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

4:00pm

Embedding an International Online Collaboration Module in the Virtual Team Course at Baruch College
COM3080 is an undergraduate Virtual Team Work course provided by the Department of Communications at Baruch College. The course embeds an international online collaboration project for six weeks in its Syllabus. The course addresses many of the skills modern organizations seek when hiring new employees: team work skills, familiarity with online collaboration tools, cross-cultural and people management skills, and cultural and emotional intelligence (see e.g. World Economic Forum, 2017: The Future of Jobs). In the beginning of the fall term 2017, students at Baruch were asked to team up in class to form local teams. During the first six weeks, studying was focused on acquiring knowledge on virtual teams, drawing on research on advantages, challenges and best practices for online collaboration. These weeks were used for practicing virtual work within the Baruch teams, benefiting of the collaborative tools available on Blackboard. At the midterm, each Baruch student was placed in an international virtual team of 5 or 6 students, to work together on a corporate style collaborative platform for six weeks. The international teams represented various locations in the US and in India in the fall 2017. This six week module is called “Virtual Business Professional” or “VBP” project, and it can be embedded in many different types of curricula providing opportunities to teach skills required in international online collaboration. The module brings the world into the classroom in Baruch College in two ways. First, we took benefit of the inherent diversity of the Baruch College as a classroom resource for acquiring understanding of culturally different communication and behavioral practices. Secondly, students put their newly acquired skills into practice in the VBP project when working with students of different cultural and university backgrounds in the international teams

Speakers
avatar for Minna Logemann

Minna Logemann

Assistant Professor, Baruch College/CUNY
Minna Logemann received her doctoral degree (D. Sc. Econ.) in international business communication from the Aalto University, School of Business in Helsinki 2014, the largest university in Finland (20,000 students), and accredited AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. She joins Baruch as Assistant... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

4:00pm

CTAP – Connecting Technology and Pedagogy for Access, Collaboration and Engagement
Mary Drinkwater, a lecturer in OISE's Comparative, International & Development Education program, will present and apply a set of principles which she calls CTAP-Connecting Technology and Pedagogy. These principles have been developed following 6 years of teaching experience with online and blended graduate and undergraduate courses, both within the university and in collaborative courses with universities in the UK and Australia. She will share and discuss the theoretical model and then present and discuss a number of synchronous and asynchronous pedagogical and assessment strategies, using platforms such as Blackboard, Adobe Connect and C2C (Connect to Create). The presentation aims to highlight the unique needs and challenges for discussion and engagement in teaching environments for increasing access, collaboration and engagement to deepen the learning process for students and teachers, within a university and between universities internationally.

Speakers
MD

Mary Drinkwater

Lecturer, University of Toronto
Mary Drinkwater is a Lecturer at the OISE, University of Toronto, in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, with a cross-appointment to the collaborative specialization of Comparative, International and Development Education. Mary’s research interests include critical... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

4:00pm

Action Lab for COIL Program Development
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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
Room 8 FIT Conference Center

4:00pm

Exploring COIL partnership & collaboration; cultivating virtual team teaching opportunities in Quebec.

This highly active session will provide attendees simple principles to help attendees each find ideal COIL partners and implement ideal assignments. Those present will each leave with a personalized plan for choosing among possible COIL partners as well as will have the opportunity at the end of the session to work out assignments tailored to their interests.

Finally attendees will be able to discover potential collaborations with professors from Quebec, given the roles Hoida and Flacks have played in facilitating courses and collaborations within the province and across international borders.


From the Program:
This two-part presentation and workshop, offered by Gabriel Flacks and David Hoida, two Quebec teachers and experienced COIL practitioners, will describe why and how international and cross-disciplinary collaborative partnerships are pedagogically impactful, using examples from across Quebec as a way to ground these considerations. It will help teachers and other institutional stakeholders such as IT reps and administrators discover how to choose ideal collaborative partners and envisage, concretely, how different collaborations could fit into their own institutions to provide students access to learning environments that are engaging and supportive of deep learning.
Over the last decade as a Humanities teacher at Champlain College, Saint-Lambert, Flacks has been involved in a variety of collaborative partnerships with his own classes (intercollegiate, interprovincial, and international) and has served as a support for many collaborative teaching partnerships across the CEGEP network in Quebec.
Current projects supported by David Hoida, teacher at McGill University and pedagogical counselor at Vanier College have developed language exchange opportunities in the context of culture exchange, involving debating indigenous rights, exploring current global events though multiple cultural and linguistic perspectives and developing international collaborative research projects. Hoida has recently taken over the organizational aspects of the The Virtual Team Teaching Network (VTTN) . This network based in Quebec, supports provincial wide, national and international online interactive team teaching initiatives that focus on students developing primary and secondary language competencies. Each of these VTTN initiatives exemplifies successful COIL relationships and will be explored in order to inspire future COIL participants and offer VTTN collaboration opportunities.

Speakers
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David Hoida

Pedagogical Counselor, Vanier College
Pedagogical counselor at Vanier College and Instructor at McGill University. Looking at sustainable best educational practices through teacher & student collaboration.



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

4:00pm

¡Sí se puede! Yes we can! Echt wel! : Empowering your COIL skills: What to do when things fall apart
It's easy to look at our best case scenarios but what happens when things fall apart? During a 90 minute interactive Action Lab session, participants explore how to maneuver and thrive through what doesn't appear to work in a COIL collaboration, whether pedagogic, technical, intercultural or team focused breakdowns. Together, using the hive mind, we will review case studies, as well as participants’ worst fears as well as played out scenarios. We will share expertise, empower participants to brainstorm creative approaches to tackle whatever COIL throws our way. We will reflect on how seemingly failed or failing projects actually provide opportunities for learning whether about cultural differences, technologic freestyling, pedagogic improvisation or team dynamics. We will practice reviving seemingly failed collaborations, and ultimately empower COIL lecturers to utilize intercultural meta outcomes. What an opportunity …all this interaction in an Action Lab plus a Facebook group and idea repository to keep the conversation going to support the next time COIL lecturers need solutions when things fall apart.

Speakers
avatar for Angelica  Santana Fierro

Angelica Santana Fierro

GPN COIL Coordinator for Tec de Monterrey, Tecnológico de Monterrey
Angélica Santana Fierro, Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Chihuahua, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Architecture. She is the COIL Coordinator for Tec de Monterrey. She is a professor and educational facilitator that focuses on designing and presenting workshops on educational... Read More →
avatar for Eva Haug

Eva Haug

Coordinator Internationalisation, Amsterdam UAS
Eva Haug, MA, Amsterdam UAS, Faculty of Business and Economics, is the Internationalisation- and COIL coordinator at the Business School, and develops internationalization policy and strategies. The focus of her policies is on Internationalisation at Home, which includes COIL as a... Read More →
avatar for Hope Windle

Hope Windle

COIL Coordinator, Ulster County Community College
Hope Windle is an innovative instructional design educator committed to creating digital curriculum that is accessible, inclusive, and global. She has been organizing COIL on her campus for 12 years, involving 785+students, 21+ faculty, with 2 COIL-related student global scholar trips... Read More →


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

4:30pm

The Connect Project
Conducted in March 2015, the Connect Project provided a collaborative educational experience focused on the challenges of environmental impacts, over-consumption and ethics in the global apparel industry. Motivated by internationalization, four leading institutions – located at Buffalo State College (USA), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology China (CH) and RMIT University Australia (AUS) – collaborated on a transnational project. The project brought together instructor/student teams, one from each institution, to travel around the world in eighteen days to learn and disseminate information about sustainability in the apparel industry.

In order to involve students at each home institution, a website was built around the project. Prior to traveling, each instructor/student team uploaded videos and articles pertaining to sustainability in their city/country. While the team was active in each country, the team explored local small and medium-sized companies which practiced sustainability in some manner and presented at events conducted at each home institution. While the team was in the air, the preloaded videos and articles would automatically go live in order to keep the audience engaged and informed.

Social media was also employed as a means to reach out to students at each institutions home base. They were encouraged to ask questions and read the daily blogs. Traveling students were required to blog via the website about what they were learning. The student audience was encouraged to participate through adding their knowledge of sustainability to the content of the blog, ask questions and participate through classroom/campus activities.

The response from the students at each institutions was constant. Over 500 students logged in at least once to follow the group and read the articles. The social media feeds brought in almost 600 followers including leading members of the international fashion industry who added in their thoughts to the issue of sustainability.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Boorady

Lynn Boorady

Senior Lecturer, Buffalo State College
An expert in sizing and fit of personal protective equipment, three years ago Dr. Boorady started researching sustainability in the fashion industry. She is also an award winning teacher who is passionate about bringing projects to her students that engage and encourage interacti... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

4:30pm

Different Strategies to Provide Implicit Corrective Feedback in Real Time Interactions
This presentation analyzes and reports on the different strategies to provide corrective feedback used in real time interactions in an intermediate foreign language global classroom that takes place between students of Spanish in the United States and students of English in Santiago, Chile. Students formed ten groups of four members who met every week on synchronous and asynchronous activities to develop their intercultural competence as well as linguistic and metalinguistic abilities for a month. They met on Blackboard collaborate ultra for 30 minutes in one of the synchronous activities; a total of twenty hours of video recorded interactions are analyzed. The objectives here are twofold: (1) to find out how leaners dealt with utterances that they didn’t understand or situations in which they found difficult to express themselves in their target language and to find out which computer mediated communication (CMC) tools students used to express themselves and exchange information; (2) to find out how often they requested assistance, corrected each other, and helped each other providing lexical and grammatical assistance. Preliminary results indicate that most favored strategies seem to be recasts, clarification requests and confirmation checks. It has yet to be determined if Spanish or English speakers used one strategy more than the other, the CMC tools that they employed, and the topics that they were conversing about when using these strategies, i.e. when talking about topics that aimed to develop their intercultural competence or linguistic and metalinguistic abilities.

Speakers
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Mariadelaluz Matus-Mendoza

Professor, Drexel University
María de la luz Matus-Mendoza, PhD language and cultural studies educator, and sociolinguist, is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Modern Languages in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages at Drexel University. She works with migration and its effects... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

5:00pm

International collaboration based on the COIL model: E-Marketing & Information Systems on the Web
This is a proposal of an international collaboration between students of the Universidad Veracruzana Mexico and SUNY-Cobleskill, the study plan that will be applied in the summer 2018 is described, highlighting the benefits expected in the students; The plan includes learning objectives, tasks and tools to support collaborative work as well as evaluation strategies. The course was called: “E-Marketing & Information Systems on the Web” where the students will be completing an E-Marketing plan for an existing small international business or for a business you créate, and will be develop an accessible website. Through the technological tools Facebook and Google docs, collaborative work will be fostered, where students will know aspects of interest specific to each culture.


Friday March 16, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

5:00pm

A Whole New World: Merging Technology with Traditional Approaches in COIL Classrooms
How can campuses recruit faculty members who want to try COIL, but don’t use technology in their
classrooms? This panel will explore how an institution used technology to bridge two gaps: one
between its campus and its COIL partner’s campus, and the second between its faculty members and
technology.
Despite credentials in their respective fields, faculty members are sometimes reluctant to incorporate
COIL in their classrooms because of their concerns about technology use. Years of successfully
educating students in a traditional, face-to-face setting often give rise to a “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”
approach in the classroom. However, this pushes up against administrative demands on faculty for
professional development, coupled with the rise of students whose digital literacy knowledge exceeds
their professors’ skills. Additionally, faculty members may want to expand their instructional toolkit,
but may be unsure how to go about it as well as being intimidated by the many options for integrating
new web technologies.
To assist faculty members with their initial apprehension regarding technology use and COIL, the
Office of Distance Education (DE) at Nassau Community College (NCC) established a workshop series
designed to “bring the tools to the teachers”. Workshops educating faculty on the use of online
technologies at NCC including VoiceThread, Kaltura and Zoom were conducted. The intent was to
bring awareness to the availability of these tools as well as feature faculty members who were
presently integrating their use or who had changed the design of their course from face-to-face classes
into the hybrid delivery mode .
This panel will feature faculty members who will discuss the transformation they underwent during
the training process. They will share their journey as they moved from “ apprehension to
comprehension. ”

Speakers
avatar for Linda Hittleman

Linda Hittleman

Nutrition Instructor, Nassau Community College
I am a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator and teach nutrition classes at Nassau Community College. I had the good fortune of participating in the Stevens Initiative last summer in Byblos, Lebanon, participated in the workshop, collaborated with my partner, and coiled... Read More →
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Steve Levine

professor, nassau community college
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Deborah Spiro

AVP, Distance Education, NCC
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Cara Tuzzolino

COIL Coordinator/LINCC Lecturer, Nassau Community College
I have been teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at NCC since 2010, and have been the COIL coordinator since 2016.


Friday March 16, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

5:30pm

Reception - appetizers and drinks
Friday March 16, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue
 
Saturday, March 17
 

9:00am

Keynote Address
Speakers
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Carol Bellamy

Carol Bellamy is the Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) Board of Directors. GCERF is the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremist agendas. Prior to this, Ms Bellamy... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

10:30am

From experiment to generalizable model? Institutionalizing graduate-level, online collaborative learning in the Netherlands and United States, seven years on
This talk reflects on seven years of experience developing, implementing, and institutionalizing an experimental collaborative, online international graduate course involving partner STEM research institutions in the Netherlands and United States. A unique feature of the course is that grad students have used distance/ virtual communication technology also in service as group externs for a third-party, international client organization. The talk reviews the initial aims, design and implementation of the jointly-developed course; identifies challenges and strategies for institutionalizing the course at the two universities; and explores prospects and challenges for further course and program development, as the institutions continue to expand and generalize traditional and collaborative distance learning, in both real-time and asynchronous modes.

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David Sonnenfeld

Professor, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
Engaged in collaborative international research and teaching for more than two decades. Teaching interests include environmental policy and governance; science, technology and sustainability. Research Associate, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.



Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

10:30am

Connecting Early Childhood Students and Faculty from the Caribbean and United States through COIL: Challenges and Opportunities
This session highlights the process behind the development of a collaboration in early childhood education between faculty from SUNY Empire State College and The University of the West Indies Open Campus. Presenters will share steps taken towards the development of an online COIL course connecting students from across the Caribbean and the United States to learn about early childhood education curriculum models. The importance of in-country experiences for both faculty and students, as well as the challenges, successes, and opportunities inherent in cross-cultural collaborations will be shared.

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Desalyn De-Souza

Associate Professor/Department Chair, SUNY Empire State College


Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 5 FIT Conference Center

10:30am

Integrating Service Learning into COIL Projects- Research Based Project between the US and Afghanistan
This presentation explores best practices for integrating Service Learning and COIL. In a semester-long research project, graduate students in a TESOL program of a US based university were paired with adult students from Afghanistan for virtual one on one English language tutoring sessions. Analysis of participants’ written reflections offers evidence that virtual interactions can lead to increased linguistic and intercultural competence besides the genuine connection. Grounded in examples from the graduate students’ and tutees’ experiences, the presenters will share lessons learned and suggestions for incorporating online teaching, as service learning, into any higher education courses.

Speakers
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Didem Ekici

Teaching Assistant/Doctoral Candidate, University of San Francisco
Didem Ekici is a teaching assistant and doctoral student in the International and Multicultural Education program at University of San Francisco. She completed her Master’s on TESOL in Salem State University. She works as the Director of Coordination of a peacebuilding organization... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

10:30am

Domestic vs. International Student COIL Experiences: Challenges and Rewards
Based on the experiences of two COIL courses at Tompkins Cortland Community College and their partners at The American University at Cairo, this presentation will compare and contrast both the student and instructor experience of a COIL course, where one is comprised of international students (English as a Second Language) and the other with domestic students (Psychology). Although both courses shared similar objectives, primarily increasing students’ intercultural competence, the two sets of students presented various challenges and displayed differences in motivation and participation. While some of the domestic students resisted COIL initially, the international students were eager to participate yet hindered by their fears of making mistakes in English. Despite the differences between the two sets of students, both instructors found success in tools such as Zoom and targeted tasks that addressed the challenges. In the end, through assessment and student feedback, the instructors met their objectives and found COIL to be a rewarding experience for their students. Student quotes, input, and recorded video will be presented to highlight their reflections from the beginning to the end of the COIL course. Attendees will be provided with examples of specific tasks that each instructor found to be most successful in overcoming their particular students’ challenges.

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Angela Palumbo Martin

Instructor of English as a Second Language and French, Tompkins Cortland Community College


Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

10:30am

Expanding access to international education through collaborative online international learning (COIL) courses: Connecting research, policy and practice
In today’s global society, higher education institutions are charged with preparing students to be world citizens who possess holistic perspectives on diverse international cultures. Many colleges and universities in the United States of America actively seek international partners to offer technology enhanced global networked courses. All members, including faculty, instructional designers, information technology support staff, and administrators, in the partner institutions play essential roles in developing and delivering international networked courses.
The panelists will share the journey and offer faculty preparation and course development models. They will discuss and reflect best practices, barriers and challenges they have learned as they seek international partners, collaborate globally, develop international curricula, team teach with colleagues from diverse culture and linguistic backgrounds, and produce meaningful learning outcomes. The panelists will also facilitate interactive discussion to engage the participants in connecting research, policy, and practice; and in exploring ways to make COIL sustainable at both course level and institutional level. The participants will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on activities, working in teams to develop a global networking module for a course.

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Pamela Haibach-Beach

Professor, SUNY Brockport
Pamela Haibach-Beach is a Professor at SUNY College at Brockport in the Department of Kinesiology. She is the kinesiology major and the international studies coordinator for her department. She teaches Motor Development, Motor Learning, and Physical Activity in Adulthood. Pamela has... Read More →
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Ann Giralico Pearlman

Senior Instructional Designer, The College at Brockport
Ms. Ann Giralico Pearlman is the Senior Instructional Designer (SID), Principal Investigator of the IF² & IFCN Investment Fund (2017-2018) on Developing International Networked Courses, and adjunct faculty member of the Departments of Communications and Education and Human Development... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

10:30am

From Steamrolled Projects to Streamlined Assignments: How A Philosophy of “Less is More” Can Lead to More Effective International Collaboration
Four experienced COIL faculty members invite you to a hands-on workshop for streamlining courses and activities to maximize conversation and collaboration and to minimize frustration for faculty and students.

Ice breaker activities are often highly successful at engaging students and helping them get to know one another. Yet, they don’t require much international collaboration, and are frequently little more than social exchanges. Nevertheless, the beginning week of a COIL project is sometimes the most successful week.

By contrast, group projects can easily become very complex, in an effort to produce results and products. The result is often a “Frankenstein Collaboration,” in which students have done individual work and then sewn the pieces together somewhat haphazardly. Or, it might be a “Steamrolled Collaboration,” appearing to reflect consensus, when in fact it was dictated by one or two heavy-handed students.

Both of these approaches hinder true international conversation, collaboration, and consensus building, since they emphasize product over process. This can lead to frustration, and COIL faculty and students can struggle with assessing what the students learned from the collaboration.

We will invite faculty members to work with a case study--an amalgam of our experiences -- to examine how a philosophy of “less is more” can lead to more effective international collaborations. Rather than focusing on the end product, students and faculty can redirect their efforts and focus instead on the process of international collaboration.

Ultimately, when streamlining COIL modules, weeding out the extras and simplifying assignments can often result in a stronger end product. This workshop will focus on streamlining the design of COIL courses and assignments, in order to maximize student conversation and collaboration and to increase the likelihood of building true consensus.

This workshop will help faculty help students focus on the process of collaboration, instead of finding themselves placing too much emphasis on producing an end product with or without true collaboration.

Speakers
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Marcia Blackburn

SUNY Broome Community College
Marcia Blackburn, SUNY Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY. Marcia studied communications. She teaches in Communications and History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences. She teaches History and Theory of Architecture, History and Theory of Photography and Media and Society. She... Read More →
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Roberto Orozco Bush

Roberto Orozco Bush, Universidad de Celaya, Mexico. Roberto studied economics, finance and business administration. He teaches Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Financial Markets. He is Universidad de Celaya COIL Coordinator. He was part of COIL Latin America Academy in 2016
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Lynda Carroll

SUNY Broome Community College
Lynda Carroll, SUNY Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY. Lynda is an anthropological archaeologist, with a background in historical archaeology of the Middle East an d North America, and Cultural Resource Management. She teaches Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural... Read More →
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Kathleen McKenna

Faculty member and COIL Coordinator, SUNY Broome Community College
Kathleen McKenna, SUNY Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY. Kathleen studied law and international relations. She teaches Political Science, Criminal Law, and Effective Speaking. She is also the campus COIL Coordinator. She has COIL-ed with Roberto Orozco for 4 semesters in public... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8 FIT Conference Center

11:00am

La Salle Mexico COILing through the years. Learings and Outcomes
New generations are becoming increasingly aware of being, not only citizens of their own communities, but also citizens of the world. They are aware of the interconnection between different countries at the social, political, economic and professional levels.
Therefore, high education Institutions face the challenge of providing their students with experiences that allow them to develop this kind of skills and knowledge, regardless of their professional area.
To extend the internationalization program, La Salle University joins the SUNY effort through the COIL Center to promote the creation of international collaborative courses with the support of technologies and to provide those students that cannot participate in an exchange program to acquire the intercultural skills and global competences in all its curricular programs.
In particular in La Salle México we have a COIL course that have been active for five consecutive periods. The course is “Seminario de Temas Contemporáneos de Comunciación”.
In order to COIL to succeed it must have a continuity within the course, the students would like to enroll to that course, because from quantitative results they have know the benefits, and also from voice to voice they have heard the benefits. If COIL happens only once in a course, it eventually will be forgotten.

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Olga Meza

Universidad La Salle
Her interest in internationalization dates back to the youth when she studied a specialization in Rome, Italy. She has collaborated with La Salle University for 20 years in different academic-administrative positions, contributing with her knowledge and experience to increase internationalization... Read More →
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Alejandra Ortega

Professor, Universidad La Salle - Mexico
Studied Communication in Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City, has a master's degree in Education from Universidad La Salle, Mexico City. Since 2006 has been teaching in La Salle University, in the Communication department. Has written two books, which main themes are creativity... Read More →



Saturday March 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

11:00am

Bilingual Learning in Higher Education. Teaching Experience and Future Prospects
In 1999 twenty-nine European Ministers of Higher Education agreed in Bologna Declaration to undertake a comprehensive reform of their educational systems, and to establish a Higher Education Area. The creation of this area was conceived as a key way to promote citizens´ mobility and employability (Prague Communiqué, 2001). The more particular goals of the Bologna Process can be summarized as follows: increasing the compatibility and comparability of European higher education systems; the implementation of a two-cycle system (undergraduate and graduate), of a common credit system, the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS); the promotion of the mobility of students, of European co-operation in quality assurance, and of the necessary European dimensions in higher education. The original goals were redefined and additional objectives were set in Prague (2001), Berlin (2003), Bergen (2005), London (2007), Leuven (2009), Budapest and Vienna (2010) and Bucharest (2012). Hence, the European Higher Education Area should develop a social dimension, lifelong learning, student participation and international openness. All in all, the major expected outcomes of the ongoing reform process lie in the promotion of international mobility, international competitiveness of universities and employability of graduates (Ceylan et al., 2011).

As far as students´ mobility and international openness are concerned, not only the promotion of Exchange Programs (i.e., Erasmus) is essential, but also the launching of bilingual courses. Certainly, mastering a foreign language is a requisite for outgoing students in partner European universities. Bilingual courses can contribute to both the acquisition of scientific knowledge and the enhancement of language skills. Moreover, bilingual courses offer excellent prospects for employability in the current global society where commercial transactions and trade occur beyond the borders of the state. The knowledge of a foreign language is one of the most demanded competences in the labor market (Riesco González, 2008).

Speakers
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Leocadia Díaz Romero

Murcia State University
Universidad de Murcia, Spain


Saturday March 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

11:00am

OMIX. Online Multicultural & International Xperience: A happy coincidence to COIL.
The intention of this presentation is to share a happy coincidence that had led us to COIL. How, without knowing, we were dabbling into one of the best options of internationalization for our faculty and students.
As part of the internationalization options that we offer to our graduate students enrolled in online programs, we developed a new opportunity called OMIX. We invited students from foreign Universities to join our students for a two week online experience where they could be able to reinforce transversal skills such as critical thinking, collaborative work, decision making, effective communication in a virtual environment, ethics, global perspective, and negotiation. In addition, one of the aims of OMIX was to observe the impact
of the international experiences and the virtual multicultural interaction in the perception of the cultural intelligence that students have about themselves.
OMIX results showed improvement on three of the four factors of the Cultural Intelligence Scale. After two weeks, there is a significant and positive difference in the Knowledge, Action and Strategy factors of the CQS, therefore, an online experience like this represents an opportunity to expand the global vision of the students. However, what we did not know while working on this, was that we were one-step close from COIL. After attending the Global Learning Conference in 2017, we realize that OMIX has the course, the activities and academic resources, the interest of the students around the world, the positive results, but we were missing the collaboration between the academic team.

Speakers
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Gabriela Méndez

Coordinator of International Educational Projects, Online Programs, Tecnológico de Monterrey
Gabriela Méndez Carrera has been working at Tecnológico de Monterrey for 10 years. She has been a tutor for online courses like E-commerce and Technology, Leadership for Business Innovation, E-business, Information Technology for business, and Information Technology Project Management... Read More →



Saturday March 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 5 FIT Conference Center

11:00am

Reflections on Immigrant Entrepreneurs in a COIL Project
Student voices in one COIL module within the US-Mexico Multistate COIL Program coincided with the presidential election campaign in the US in 2016, which gave an opportunity to reflect on immigrant entrepreneurs. Student discussed strategies for ethnic restaurant owners or ethnic designers to be more successful and to be more recognized in their adopted countries. Interestingly, these strategies were reflections of one’s own understanding of immigrant communities in cosmopolitan cities such as New York City in the US and Cancún, México. The Diaspora of Asians in Gastronomy and Visual Arts is a COIL module developed by Kyunghee Pyun at Fashion Institute of Technology and Angelica Sterling at Universidad del Caribe. This COIL module is designed to enhance a student’s understanding of artistic and gastronomy business contributions and accomplishments by Asians dispersed across other continents including North and Central America. The students enrolled in Asian American Art and Design at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and in Restaurant Business Management at the Universidad del Caribe (UC) in Cancún in Mexíco worked collaboratively during six weeks, taught and guided by Pyun from the discipline of history of art and Sterling from restaurant management who carefully designed activities to create this unique platform for students to acquire cross- cultural competency skills by interacting with one another via online-learning tools. Both professors emphasized that many international enterprises—in particular, fashion, culinary arts, visual or performing arts—rely on intercultural skills and seek for creative personnel with cross-cultural competency skills. Students discovered these qualities; yet their strategic suggestions were interesting by recommending business owners to stress or enhance more ethnic characteristics to their business. Pyun and Sterling reflect on how these ramifications are co-related to the current political climate of diversity and inclusion and the immigrant policies of each country.

Speakers
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Kyunghee Pyun

Assistant Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
Kyunghee Pyun is assistant professor at Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Her research project to teach diverse techniques of Asian art called the Bamboo Canvas: Instructional Innovation for a Globalized Classroom was funded by SUNY, Innovative Instructional Technology Grant... Read More →
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Angelica Sterling

Angelica Sterling is assistant professor at Universidad del Caribe. Certified as Hospitality Educator by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and as Meetings Specialist by CMS Conventions Association, she worked for a decade in the hotel industry. She has taught hospitality... Read More →



Saturday March 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

11:30am

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Project Assessments to Elicit Students’ Opinions on Collaborative International Online Learning
COIL integrated modules enable students to participate in online learning with intercultural dimensions to achieve curricular outcomes and become globally engaged, lifelong learners. When designing a COIL project, the technology tools and assessments/assignments used impact students’ interactions, performance and overall learning experience. There is minimal research on students’ perspectives about virtual engagements within online communities. Faculty expectations concerning the type of engagements that could be elicited through specific tools and assessments may not match the students’ opinions of how these impacted their experience and performance.
Dental technology students from the Durban University of Technology in South Africa and dental assisting students from Monroe Community College in New York collaborated on a cross-disciplinary case-based COIL module in spring 2017. Students used various technology mediated tools to achieve curricular outcomes. Project assessments were designed to present didactic content and provide opportunities for intercultural and interdisciplinary engagement.
In navigating the effectiveness of the project, faculty analysed student perspectives elicited through the various assessments. An exploratory qualitative research approach was used to investigate how students perceived their overall learning experience. Student reflective reports, video assignments and team interactions via discussion forums and WhatsApp were reviewed using thematic analysis.
Four prominent themes emerged from student perspectives: co-construction of discipline-specific knowledge; collaborative learning enhanced through technology tools; acquisition of intercultural competencies; and barriers to online learning. Feedback indicated that the COIL module enriched students’ learning experiences, while enabling them to communicate across cultures and between disciplines. Feedback also indicated a need for ongoing technical support and explicit student training prior to implementing a virtual learning project. This presentation will provide evidence of students’ perspectives, whether project goals were met and if students experienced intercultural exchanges as well as provide specific changes that faculty will implement for the project in 2018.

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Krista Rodriguez

Associate Professor, Dental Studies, MCC, Monroe Community College
Krista Rodriguez is an Associate Professor in the Dental Studies Department at Monroe Community College where she teaches both dental assisting and dental hygiene courses. She maintains professional licensure to practice both dental hygiene and dental assisting. She achieved a Bachelor... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

11:30am

Creating a Global Curriculum: COIL and Beyond
COIL projects must be part of a larger curricular initiative at the level of the university classroom before internationalization goals can become programmatic. After five COIL projects, a Fulbright-Hays grant, and a Global Teacher Education Fellowship, the presenter will demonstrate the advancement of her work with preservice teachers. This presentation will provide a process by showing how one teacher educator worked to create a global curriculum in a required course. The presenter will offer a strategic and practical approach to internationalize a course that includes COIL as one of many areas of focus. The presenter will share how she incorporated activities that complement a COIL project, integrated a variety of new global texts, and revised previous assignments and assessments to meet the goal of internationalization by focusing on the development of global dispositions.


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Delane Bender-Slack

benderslackd@xavier.edu, Xavier University
Delane Bender-Slack is an Associate Professor of Literacy and the Reading and TESOL Program Director in the School of Education at Xavier University. She is a teacher educator, teaching courses in methods, middle childhood, adolescent, and multicultural literature, content area literacy... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

11:30am

The power of synchronous sessions: mirroring best practices in the business world
It’s one thing to be in a virtual and international team. It’s quite another to have meaningful interaction with the people you’re COILing with. Any lecturer who has done synchronous work in his/her classroom, has seen the powerful effect of face to face meetings. When students meet and interact with each other, cross cultural learning occurs. Seeing the context of your counterparts, be it the school or their homes, helps create better understanding and collaboration. Yet, synchronous sessions are perceived as difficult, due to either technology or time differences. When synchronous work is done, it’s often a lecture or other type of plenary session. This, in our mind, does not resemble the professional situation we aim to prepare our students for: remote team work.

Why this is a missed opportunity and how to maximize the online time together, is the topic of this presentation.

In this session, we share not only our experience with synchronous sessions, but we take it to the next level: what if, during your class, students collaborate real time and as a real remote team? While difficult to accomplish, having had the experience of both a synchronous and an asynchronous COIL project, we have learned that communication increases dramatically between teams when consistent live communication is employed. As one student said, “you can’t pick up on someone’s emotions about something” [through Slack].

This presentation explores how to facilitate and coach the process to train students professional skills through synchronous online interaction.

Speakers
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Eva Haug

Coordinator Internationalisation, Amsterdam UAS
Eva Haug, MA, Amsterdam UAS, Faculty of Business and Economics, is the Internationalisation- and COIL coordinator at the Business School, and develops internationalization policy and strategies. The focus of her policies is on Internationalisation at Home, which includes COIL as a... Read More →
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Mindy Kole

Assistant Professor, Ulster Community College
Mindy Kole, Assistant Professor of Business and Director of the Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at SUNY Ulster. Mindy has presented her work, including development of a student-run business, at NACCE (National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

11:30am

Connecting and collaborating with Japan
As ACE and Japanese Education Ministry (MEXT or Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) have announced a new COIL initiative to expand Japan-USA higher education ties starting 2017, a great amount of interests in Japan is emerging to learn from those who have been pioneering the initiative. The workshop (the action lab) would like to take this opportunity to promote such an enthusiasm with the COIL practitioners in the US. The workshop also aims to provide a chance for the US (or other overseas) practitioners to understand further how it is like to develop a COIL course with Japan

Speakers
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Keiko Ikeda

Vice-director, Center For International Education, Kansai University
Keiko Ikeda is a Professor in the Division of International Affairs and a Vice-Director at the Center for International Education at Kansai University, Japan. She has a Ph.D from the University of Hawaii at Manoa specializing in Japanese linguistics, foreign language education, and... Read More →
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Kyunghee Pyun

Assistant Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
Kyunghee Pyun is assistant professor at Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Her research project to teach diverse techniques of Asian art called the Bamboo Canvas: Instructional Innovation for a Globalized Classroom was funded by SUNY, Innovative Instructional Technology Grant... Read More →
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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 →


Saturday March 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

11:30am

Visual Journals: The Art Of Thinking
For decades I have been using a Visual Journals assignment as an essential core tool for sparking the creative process. During this age of digital technology I refrain students from using tablets and laptops when taking notes. I instead require them to have a Visual Journal always out and in use when they are in class, and when they are out in the field working on assignments. During this Action Lab I will demonstrate and have participatory activities to engage the learner to use personal events to foster relevant content for COILing.
• Presentation Outcomes
1. Participants of the presentation will have an understanding of how to incorporate a Visual Journal assignment in their COIL project that has relevance to the learner.
2. Participants of the presentation will have an understanding of how to structure a Visual Journal component into the COIL assignment to reach tangible goals for the collaboration.

Speakers
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Joe Ziolkowski

Assistant Professor Of Photography & Art, Genesee Community College
Joe Ziolkowski (Jacksonville, FL, United States) received a Masters of Science in Education, Concentration: Art Education from Nazareth College of Rochester. A Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University... Read More →



Saturday March 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8 FIT Conference Center

12:00pm

Lessons learned from two COIL courses
In September 2018, Dr. McCoy and Professor Tshibangu, will implement the third revision (3.0) of their COIL International Joint Venture project. They were part of the 2016 Mexico-USA Multistate COIL Program (MCP). Their presentation will focus on how their project and partnership has evolved over the last two years.
They will discussed the challenges they faced while implementing the first version of the project; lessons learned such as the importance of being flexible, simplifying instructions, streaming the communications process and giving students more time to get to know their international partners. Both instructors continue to build on what they learned in order to enhance the international learning experience for their students. As educators, they have also benefited from their COIL experience personally and professionally. They have learned from each other’s differences, and having an open mind during the development of their COIL Module led to a positive and informative exchange.
Their presentation will outline the collaborative tools they employed during their first COIL Module. How they used, Blackboard, Facebook and Google Docs. What worked well? What were some of the mistakes made? The second version of the COIL project implemented in fall 2017, took these successes and failures into account. New and seasoned COILers will find this information especially helpful.
They will also discuss they type of support they received from their institutions in the area of Library Services, and the Virtual Campus Center.
Fall 2018, will be another opportunity to build on what they learned. They will discuss the Collaborative online tools they plan to use and why. For example, Facebook, WhatsApp, Slack and Zoom.

Speakers
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Christine Mc Coy

Full Time Professor, Universidad del Caribe
Dr. Christine McCoy born into a multicultural environment. Her father is from the United States and served as a US foreign Official. Her mother is Mexican/French. Christine understands the value of multiculturalism. Professor McCoy earned her Economics degree from the Universidad... Read More →
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Sherry Tshibangu

Professor of Business, Monroe Community College
Professor Sherry Tshibangu teaches an array of Businesses courses at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York: Introduction to Business, Entrepreneurial Studies l, Entrepreneurial Studies ll and Supervising for the 21st Century. She has web-enhanced her courses for over 10... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

12:00pm

Evolving COIL: Sustainable COILed solutions thru a partnership for intercultural learning and research.
We will present a review of our challenges as COIL partners to connect our science classes in sustainability projects with civic professionalism goals to an evolving partnership that unifies our specialities in chemical processes, plant science, where students reflect on their own community, forming groups about sustainability topics that concern them, researching the problem to propose sustainable solutions.

In this presentation we will introduce our new horizon as COIL partners presenting a research project aimed at design a production unit to dry regional products (vegetables, fruits and aromatic plants) using solar energy in a sustainable rural microenterprise model in a small community located in Coahuila, México.
Thanks to a COIL collaboration and partnership, students and teachers from Monroe Community College in USA and teachers and students from Instituto Tecnológico de la Laguna in México apply their knowledge and skills to serve the community in order to empower women through technology and entrepreneurship. This project granted by Partners of America and Televisa Foundation, promotes international partnership for innovation, collaboration and training opportunities for students and teachers in both countries.

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Maria Luisa Lopez

Professor, Instituto Tecnológico De La Laguna/Tecnológico Nacional De México
Maria Luisa Lopez Segura - Chemical Industrial Engineer, M.Sc. in Quality and Productivity, M.Sc. in Chemical Processes Engineering. Ph.D. in Biotechnology and Food Industries. Certification in Food Safety, Civic Engagement and Citizenship across the curricula, Collaborative Learning... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

12:00pm

COILing for Content – moving away from skills-based learning to acquiring content knowledge across borders
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
view.
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
citizen.

Speakers
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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
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

12:00pm

Implementation of COIL in the Art Studio. Challenges and Success.
COIL experience in the undergraduate art studio course. This presentation is a report on the first interned-based international collaborative project between Slippery Rock University Fiber Art Studio and the Experimental Art Studio at Victoria University, Australia. Both groups collaborated on 20 Australian themed designs for an outdoor banner project, then the SRU students handmade the artworks. The annual banner project focuses on Global Cultures and is presented across campus. Challenges and success of COIL in the studio: breaking barriers, communication skills and tools, art project and teamwork, learning process, assessment. The impact of collaboration on students participating and on community.

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Barbara Westman

Associate Professor, Sippery Rock University
Dual Masters in Printmaking and Fiber Art, Associate Professor of Art at Slippery Rock University, PA. An active artist exhibiting nationally and internationally. Art educator focused on integrating collaborative and research projects in the course curriculum. Member of SGCI (South... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Room 5 FIT Conference Center

12:30pm

Lunch in the neighborhood (on your own)
Lots of lunch spots in the neighborhood - check some out here: Lunch near FIT

Saturday March 17, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

Teletandem Brasil: online telecollaboration for language learning and cultural exchange
I help you learn my language and you help me learn yours. That is the idea behind telecollaboration through videoconferencing tools, such as Skype, in the Teletandem Brasil Project (http://www.teletandembrasil.org) from São Paulo State University (UNESP). During a one-hour session, each participant in the partnership teaches his or her own language (or language in which he or she is proficient in) to the other - being half of the time dedicated to each language in the partnership. In this way, within an autonomous, reciprocal and collaborative learning context for virtual exchange, partners also reflect about their own learning focusing upon language, culture, form, lexicon and on the processes of Teletandem interactions. We intend to present an overview of the Teletandem Project at São Paulo State University (UNESP), and describe the way it has been working in our campus since 2012 with partnerships with universities in the USA, Italy, France, Germany, Colombia, and our aims to establish new partnerships. We also intend to present some research results on the use of teletandem in relation to intercultural learning and teacher education.

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Ana Cristina Biondo Salomão

Assistant Professor, Other/Non-SUNY
Ana Cristina Biondo Salom holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from São Paulo State University. She is currently a professor in the department of Modern Languages at UNESP - campus of Araraquara. She is the coordinator of the Teletandem Project in her campus, and presently in charge... Read More →



Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

Connecting Mexican and American cultures through food science
Eriko Heise and David Jahnke collaborated for the first time to design and implement a 6-week long interdisciplinary COIL module into our courses.  Their courses were an introductory biology with food science emphasis (SUNY-Corning Community College) and a cooking technique course (University of Celaya, Mexico).  During the six weeks, their students learned the subjects necessary for collaboration in class and though online activities and collaborated for two projects: 1) creating an umami-enhancing recipe, and 2) creating an American/Mexican fusion recipe.  Heise and Jahnke used online technologies including Blackboard, Facebook Group, Facebook Messenger, and Skype for live video streaming of students’ class activities to enhance communication among the students.  Through their collaborations, the students were able to integrate pure and applied sciences and develop appreciation for different food cultures.   

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Martha Gold

Instructional Technologist, Corning Community College
Martha Gold is the newish COIL Coordinator at Corning Community College. She is also the Instructional Technologist, the primary Blackboard administrator, trainer and all around dabbler in educational technology. In addition to her Nodal Network Coordinator duties she assists faculty... Read More →



Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

From Mystery to Mastery: Creating & Enhancing the Ultimate Virtual Classroom Experience
Often the highlight of the student experience in a COIL collaboration is the quality of a dynamic group interaction. However, planning an effective synchronous student interaction is a challenging hurdle when confronted with different time zones, different modalities of teaching, as well as different levels of technological support and know-how, to name a few.
Using a recent case study from SUNY Empire State College International Education, where geographically dispersed faculty members interacted with remote student groups through a series of synchronous course meetings online for a period of 8 consecutive days, including a COIL course meeting with students from 4 institutions, this presentation will share its lessons learned and discuss the practical applications of utilizing technological tools, many of which are globally available. Specifically we will discuss the use of Zoom for virtual video course meetings, with an emphasis on some key features of the application which can help enhance the session and make it more collaborative.
In our specific case study, we were faced with circumstances which caused us to create a virtual residency truly at the last minute. A faculty trip to Lebanon was cancelled 3 days prior to the pre-arranged face-to-face meetings with students. Faculty and staff pulled together to recreate a substitute method for in-person interaction utilizing Zoom, e-mail, Moodle, Video repository tools and WhatsApp as a form of backup support. We will share tips and best practices and discuss practical issues such as faculty training, common logistical problems and how to address them, methods to engage students in the virtual classroom, the need and pivotal role of moderators, what faculty need to be aware of when recording and sharing the meetings, how to effectively use backup applications, and a reflection on the varying degrees of technological support provided by different institutions.

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Jeannine Mercer

Academic Program Director, SUNY Empire State College
Jeannine Mercer currently works as the Academic Program Director for the Lebanon Residency Program at SUNY Empire State College. In an administrative role she has overseen various collaborations between faculty members in New York and Lebanon. In this role, she has assisted faculty... Read More →
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Katarina Pisutova

Instructional Designer, Empire State College
Katarina Pisutova is an instructional designer for International Education at SUNY Empire State College and elearning coordinator at Comenius University in Bratislava. She is currently located in Bratislava, Slovakia. She holds an MA in Adult Education from the University of British... Read More →
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Rhianna Rogers

Assistant Professor, Empire State College
Rhianna Rogers is an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at SUNY Empire State College. She is trained as both an anthropological-archaeologist and historian, specializing in Mesoamerica and native cultures of the United States. Rhianna holds multiple appointments at Empire... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

2:00pm

Applied Learning: Next Steps for COIL
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.

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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 →
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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 →
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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
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

Connecticut CLICKs: Mapping the value of virtual exchange, matching results to goals. What to measure? For whom? How to make the case for Globally Networked Learning?
“Connecticut CLICKs” (Collaborative Learning for International Capabilities and Knowledge) is “our COIL.” It is the on-ramp for the first ever International Education Initiative of the CT Community College system. Strategy and assessment are our cornerstones. Join us for an Assessment Action Lab -- a"fair trade" workshop.  We give you our assessment tools and you give us your frank advice and feedback. We help you think through how to leverage assesment information about student and faculty results for your course, program or campus. Your lessons strengthen our program. My co-presenter is Karen Birch. She has long experience with NSF assessments and several successful NSF grants.  We have been working with the French and ERASMUS funding partners to build our overall international initiative.  All put high priority on knowing if and how we are getting results. Our CT system leadership, also, needs compelling outcomes data as well as good narratives.
      Wrestle several questions with us as we share our tools and approaches in this interactive session.  How can we discern, present and connect the value of the CLICKs modules for student learning outcomes, faculty development, and curriculum enrichment? How can it help us  garner buy-in from leadership, funders and employers? How can we leverage our lessons to foster truly reciprocal exchange and sustainable internationalization for most of our students? 
      During the Action Lab,  Part 1.a,b. For student outcomes, review our pre- and post-module assessment tools. Critique their value in understanding cross cultural gains and also in global workforce preparedness terms. Consider how campus and class results compare to national studies of study abroad and employer needs.  Introduce a powerful multi-institution data set of the University of Toledo Community College Student Internationalization Survey.  Part 2. For faculty outcomes, review our instrument(s).  Critique them for their value in assessing the quality of CLICKs learning outcomes and scalability for larger international efforts. Final wrap-up. How to present value propositions for funders and employers? How can assessment results help you secure their support for you, your partners and your students.

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Nancy Ruther

Principal, Gazelle International, Gazelle International (non-profit)
** CT CLICKs, our passion project. How our assessment tools will help make the case for scaling up and sustainability? Come to the Action Lab on Saturday -- get our tools and share your advice.COIL is the on-ramp for CT Comm Colleges' first ever Intl Ed Initiative.** TEACHING PARTNERS... Read More →



Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 8 FIT Conference Center

2:00pm

Learning through Experimentation, Commitment, and Sharing: A Higher Education Café International
A SUNY psychology professor and a German counterpart who have worked together over the past four years to involve their students in an international exchange venue, will offer an Action Learning Lab for those interested in exploring the dynamics of what makes such exchanges work effectively and efficiently. Participants will explore the process of developing, building, and sustaining international professional relationships and educational partnerships. The discussion will be organized in the World Café format, allowing and inviting participants to actively share their thoughts and experiences throughout the whole session.

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Frederik Ahlgrimm

University of Potsdam
Dr. Frederik Ahlgrimm works in the field of teacher education and school development. After studying music and Latin in Potsdam (Germany) and Turin (Italy) and working as a student teacher he received his Ph.D. for his research on school development and teacher collaboration in German... Read More →
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Bill Herman

SUNY Postdam



Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 5 FIT Conference Center

2:30pm

Faculty perceptions of cultural learning in virtual international education courses: A qualitative inquiry
With the continual integration of new technologies and pedagogies that facilitate group learning and virtual communication, institutions are changing the way that they provide international education opportunities to students. An example of a virtual international education opportunity is the Global Classroom Initiative from the Office of International Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. As educators carry out these innovations and pedagogies it is important to understand how they perceive both this specific teaching practice and the impact of these new virtual international education opportunities on students, specifically how students learn about other cultures. If these programs are to become commonplace then the perception of their impact held by faculty instructors, and the experience of facilitating them, should be well documented and understood.
These questions are currently being investigated through a qualitative approach focusing on the lived experience of professors participating in the Global Classrooms Initiative at the University of Maryland as a specific case. This study includes observations of faculty workshops provided by the Office of International Affairs and interviews of faculty members participating in this initiative.
In this presentation, we will cover this specific research process, including information about this specific initiative at the University of Maryland, subject access and methodology. Additionally, and more in depth, we will examine the findings of the research process and review three key findings of faculty perceptions of cultural learning in these courses. This findings will be presented highlighting the faculty members specific perspectives and understandings as evidenced in interviews and observations, using their own voice when possible.

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Kyle Kastler

University of Maryland
Kyle Kastler is a Master's student in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program at the University of Maryland, College Park with a concentration in International Education Policy. His research interests include student access and equity in regards... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

2:30pm

The Use of Technology to Enhance International Faculty Collaboration & Student Learning in the Fight for Social Justice
Video web conferencing is a unique tool that can be used to enhance international learning and collaboration for both faculty and students. Web conferencing can increase international engagement of faculty in real time regardless of their location. Web conferencing can also provide students synchronous learning opportunities with students across the world. This international engagement exposes faculty and students to social justice issues in a multicultural world. Web conferencing can be used in existing COIL courses as well as non-COIL courses regardless of where students and faculty are located.
In this interactive lab, participants will be introduced to two web conferencing tools that can be used to enhance existing COIL and non-COIL courses to create synchronous international learning opportunities. The presenters will conduct a web conferencing meeting during the session to demonstrate the features of each platform. The presenters will also show how technology is currently used to connect students and faculty in various geographical regions for teaching, consultation, and collaboration. This lab will provide participants an opportunity to brainstorm additional ways to use video web conferencing to enhance international learning across disciplines to promote social justice across the world.

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Khalilah Caines

Director Of Graduate Social Work Field Education/Instructor, Saint Leo University


Saturday March 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

2:30pm

Listening to students learn: Circumventing common technology barriers in COIL course development to increase engagement
The digital age has fundamentally transformed many facets of the human experience, including how we communicate, the platforms we seek out for entertainment, and how we engage in learning. The rapid rate at which learners are acquiring and building new knowledge today provided the impetus for combining our two courses, The Exceptional Learner and Digital Culture & Society into a COIL collaboration. This session will highlight why and how we leveraged specific technologies within our international virtual exchange (e.g., Google website, OERs, Zoom, WhatsApp, WeTransfer, Moodle, and Blackboard). Using data collected from Fall 2017, we will also discuss how using this variety of technologies helped us enact effective pedagogy to engage students and facilitate deeper learning. Based on Fall 2017 feedback, we will discuss the ways in which our COIL module facilitated students’ exploration of the intersection of the digital world and intercultural competencies (e.g., the role of sensitivity towards ability/disability, linguistic proficiency, privilege, gender, culture, learning approaches, and other variables). According to one participant, using such a variety of tools and activities (e.g., the completion of discussion forums, interviews, synchronous meetings with breakout sessions, and short reflective homework assignments) made for “…a great experience as it was such a different way to discuss material and by hearing the perspective of students from another country, it adds a level of understanding that you cannot gain in a traditional setting.” By emphasizing the dominant themes from our students’ experiences in a virtual cross-cultural context, as well as our own perspectives in designing a COIL module, this presentation will provide the broader COIL community with (a) insights into how these tools can enhance pedagogical practices within COIL courses, and (b) strategies for preparing students to use digital learning resources in more culturally sensitive ways.

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avatar for Rhianna Rogers

Rhianna Rogers

Assistant Professor, Empire State College
Rhianna Rogers is an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at SUNY Empire State College. She is trained as both an anthropological-archaeologist and historian, specializing in Mesoamerica and native cultures of the United States. Rhianna holds multiple appointments at Empire... Read More →



Saturday March 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

3:00pm

Assessing the Assessment Methods for COIL Projects: Kansai University’s Case
Assessment involving COIL projects is one of the most challenging issues and still underdeveloped. These facts are due to the nature of COIL activities which facilitate multiple aspects of learner’s skills development, such as practical language skills in foreign language, intercultural competence. While there are scales and descriptors to measure learner’s foreign language competencies, assessing learners’ intercultural competences growth is a complex matter because it encompasses a developmental process of growth which requires several assessment tools or methods and an extended period of interaction.
In Kansai University, students who participated in a COIL exchange are required to complete a set of pre- and post-COIL Exchange survey. These surveys are adapted from various surveys which focused on the development of intercultural communicative competence based on Byram’s model. In Fall Semester 2017, Kansai University introduced two assessment tools to measure student’s learning outcome through COIL practice. The first tool is internet delivered testing, Oral Proficiency Interview – Computer (OPIc). The second tool is web-based survey, Beliefs. Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI). In this presentation, the presenters will briefly describe the assessment tools used, and share the result gained from the test and survey. The feasibility of these tools to assess learning outcomes of COIL activities will also be discussed.

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avatar for Elvita Wiasih

Elvita Wiasih

Assistant Coordinator, Kansai University
Elvita Wiasih earned her M.A. from Nagoya University in Japanese linguistics, second language acquisition, teaching Japanese as a foreign language. Prior to pursuing her study in Japan she taught Japanese at Al Azhar University Indonesia. Her area of interests are computer assisted... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue

3:00pm

Researching COIL across the Atlantic: 'If you want to learn to swim, jump into the water.'
SUNY Oswego and the University of Antwerp decided to start a COIL project in 2013 in order to offer a joint course in “Intercultural communication”. Through the COIL co-operation both institutions can offer their students a unique opportunity for acquiring international learning experiences.
The COIL course on “Intercultural communication” includes six modules with different assignments which are identically communicated to the Oswego and Antwerp students by means of an online manual on Blackboard, email, Q&A sessions in class and updates on Facebook. The long-term Oswego-UAntwerp co-operation clearly shows that a COIL course is a work in progress struggling with several important issues: planning the interaction of students, assignments and deadlines, assessment methods etc.
Recent research on the added value of COIL with regard to students’ intercultural competences combined validated scales (e.g. on Intercultural Communication Anxiety and Multiculturalism) and self-evaluation in a questionnaire, administered to both Oswego and Antwerp student groups at the beginning and at the end of the semesters.
This research clearly shows a positive impact on students’ intercultural comptetences at both institutions. Although some students were not convinced of their progress in the area of cross-cultural insights, they stressed the benefits of the COIL course with regard to communication skills in a multilingual context. Oswego students tended to evaluate their learning effects even more positively than UAntwerp students. However, it should be taken into account that the language used between American students and Belgian students was English.
Overall the COIL initiative certainly was positive for both SUNY Oswego and the University of Antwerp because it better prepares the participants for a cross-cultural academic and professional environment. With further research and practice COIL can maintain its crucial function of offering an innovative and stimulating learning environment in which students can improve their intercultural competences.

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Sabine De Vriendt

Co-ordinator (Department Of Education: LLL), University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Sabine De Vriendt, Antwerp University (Belgium), Department of Education. As a co-ordinator of the Life Long Learning programmes at Antwerp University (SUNY Global Partner Network) Sabine De Vriendt became involved in the COIL projects because of the opportunities for internationalisation@home... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 9 FIT Conference Center

3:00pm

Educational challenges in a globalized world and in times of inequality: Two proposals from a COIL perspective
Colombia is experiencing a historic moment with regard to the peace agreement and the new dynamics of the post-conflict. At the same time, the country is joining the digital transformation that the world is experiencing, generating new challenges in the formation of future leaders of the country. We are convinced that COIL-type courses can be a great tool to reduce inequality and create bridges between government, industry and academia, not only at a national level, but also internationally, thus learning the good practices of developed countries and sharing the needs of the new emerging economies. To respond to this need, we propose two types of COIL-based courses that seek to democratize learning in an innovative and meaningful way, also creating positive networks that promote the development of the global economy, rom respect for different cultures and learning the good practices that are born when we are united in diversity.

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Rafael Alberto Méndez Romero

Coordinator of the Mathematics Service, Universidad del Rosario
Rafael Alberto Méndez Romero has an undergraduate degree in mathematics, a specialization degree in applied mathematics, a master's degree in mathematical and computational modeling and a Ph.D. in mathematical education. During the development of his doctoral thesis, he was a visiting... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

3:00pm

COILING Through Work Integrated Learning
COIL can be achieved by Work Integrated Learning. DUT has been placing international students in South African organisations over the past three years.
During the partnership, students will engage with individuals and groups in the organisations that have differences and similarities with regards to race, language, ethnic origin, culture, and academic background. Social and interpersonal knowledge, skill and attitude are important components of Intercultural Competence in the world of work and this is a process which has to be managed by all stakeholders. COIL partners can now work together on sharing practices and opportunities in placing students in International industries and organisations and across the world. This partnership has to be managed adequately in the workplace. Academic staff need not travel to assess students, instead the COIL partners can do this in their own countries.
DUT, as part of a growing global institution, is recognizing the need to adapt to a technology enabled environment that benefits students by making them global citizens.
This Action Lab session will outline the current practice of managing WIL with specific reference to students, staff and industry partners using a COIL approach.

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Strini Pillay

Senior Lecturer/ Work Integrated Learning co-ordinator, Durban University of Technology
Phd in Public Management and Development, University of Kwa- Zulu Natal. Specialtist in International Education and Partnerships. Senior Lecturer and Work integrated learning co-ordinator in the Department of Public Management and Economics within the Faculty of Management Sciences... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Amphitheater FIT Conference Center