Traditionally, only some students could access study and work abroad opportunities. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) allows all students registered in a course to gain exposure to intercultural collaboration.
COIL is part of regular coursework so there are no extra costs and students still receive the same USask supports. Approved projects offer students the opportunity to see and experience global learning when there are limitations on study abroad. COIL equitably widens access to a greater number of students because it targets entire classes from a large spectrum of disciplines, instead of individual or small groups of students doing study or teach-abroad.
Accomplishing internationalization at home, this program engages students in a process of exploration and reflection. Students who have completed a COIL experience will be prepared to study or work abroad because they will have the cultural lens necessary to engage in international experiences.
How it works
- The USask instructor works with a partner instructor from an international institution who is teaching a similar or complementary course.
- The instructors work together to design tasks that students from both classes will take together.
- The instructors establish the timeline and depth of work (icebreakers, mandated assignments, reports, check-in meetings, explicit intercultural competence development, etc.). You both decide on the degree of engagement.
- Students complete a pre-experience assessment of intercultural competencies
- USask students then collaborate via web-based tools with students abroad.
- Students complete a mid-experience assessment or discussion.
- At the end of the experiences, students reflect on working across differences (cultural, social, regional, gendered, sexual, and other), and how their own perspectives and worldviews were questioned and reframed.
- Students complete a post-experience assessment of intercultural competencies
- Instructors complete a post-experience debrief conversation and reflect on impact.
Funding and Application
There is funding available to support Student Assistants and professional development in new COIL initiatives:
Traditional model: Up to $2000 for first-time projects, and $500 per each iterative projects up to four times by the same instructor.
Winter 2021: Up to 50 hours of pay at PSAC rate for a student assistant (graduate or undergraduate) to support a specific course-based intercultural experience between USask students and students from an institution abroad.
If you do decide to pursue a COIL partnership, please consider using our pre- and post-experience survey with students. It helps us track internationalization at home initiatives. Please send your course name to email@example.com to get added to our list.
- Handbook with helpful checklists for instructors: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/UAP/Forms/COIL_guide.pdf
- Workbook to guide conversations with teaching partners: https://champ.d.umn.edu/sites/champ.d.umn.edu/files/coil-workbook-july-20-2017.pdf
- Resources for Facilitating Global Learning Online: https://goglobal.fiu.edu/resources/online-global-learning/