Mastering the Art of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Join our Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Mastercourse in partnership with the Movetia Academy, the knowledge transfer initiative of the Swiss National Agency Movetia. Free for Swiss faculty, this online course will enhance teaching through global collaboration and intercultural learning.

Collaborative Online International Learning

What is COIL?
COIL is an innovative educational approach that connects students and lecturers from different parts of the world in a shared learning experience. COIL leverages digital tools and platforms to facilitate collaborative projects, discussions, and activities between geographically dispersed classrooms or groups. Its primary goal is to enhance intercultural understanding, promote global perspectives, and foster collaborative learning among students, often addressing real-world issues or topics. COIL emphasises the development of cross-cultural communication skills, critical thinking, and collaboration in an online, international context, preparing students for an interconnected and globalised world.

What is the COIL Mastercourse?
The COIL Mastercourse is a comprehensive online course designed for Swiss faculty and lecturers. It aims to equip participants with the skills and expertise required to develop, execute, and deliver effective COIL experiences in their academic settings. Led by a group of global COIL experts, this course emphasises immersive, interactive learning and ‘learning by doing’ methodologies.

Why the COIL Mastercourse?
The COIL Mastercourse is essential for Swiss faculty seeking to expand their teaching horizons and enhance their students’ learning experiences. It offers practical knowledge and hands-on training in COIL methodology, enabling educators to integrate global collaborative learning approaches into their courses. With a low upfront investment of time and resources, this course provides an accessible pathway for faculty to embrace internationalisation in education.

Participants in the COIL Master Course gain a thorough understanding of COIL frameworks, enabling them to structure and implement successful COIL experiences. By bringing their ideas and partners to the course, they have the opportunity to develop ready-to-execute COIL projects. Led by international COIL experts, the course fosters a ‘learning by doing’ environment, emphasising practical application over theoretical concepts. Swiss faculty can leverage this training to internationalise their teaching, broaden their academic networks, and offer students enriching global learning opportunities.

Benefits in a nutshell:

  • Engage in interactive sessions focusing on intercultural learning and collaboration, facilitated by experts in global education
  • Acquire strategies for internationalised learning outcomes and project implementation
  • Gain insights into innovative teaching methods without any cost
  • Exclusive access to resources and learning materials
  • Connect and network with fellow Swiss educators in a global context
  • Opportunity to self-study at your own pace outside of the contact hours

Enrollment Details:

When: Thursdays, January 25th to February 22nd, 12:00 – 14:00 CET
Where: Online
Cost: Free for Swiss faculty and professors

Session Details (Dates and Timings):
Session 1: Thursday, January 25th, 12.00 – 14.00 CET “Introduction to COIL and Intercultural Learning”
Session 2: Thursday, February 1st, 12.00 – 14.00 CET “Internationalized Learning Outcomes and Icebreakers”
Session 3: Thursday, February 8th, 12.00 – 14.00 CET “Collaborative Tasks, Deliverables, and Assessment”
Session 4: Thursday, February 15th, 12.00 – 14.00 CET “Reflection for Learning and Virtual Exchange Project Implementation”
Session 5: Thursday, February 22nd, 12.00 – 14.00 CET “Project Design Presentations and Feedback”

Who Can Sign Up or Join:
Swiss faculty and lecturers interested in expanding their teaching approaches globally through COIL. Participants are welcome to bring their international partner to the course.