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Collaborative Online International Learning

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What is COIL Virtual Exchange?

Video credit: COIL at FIU Global

COIL is also a high-impact teaching and learning practice that combine collaborative assignments/projects with diversity/global learning and, depending on course design, can have elements of service or community-based learning or undergraduate research.

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a type of virtual exchange. It is a cost-effective pedagogical approach to connecting students across cultures for learning and collaboration. It utilizes technology to enhance global learning and facilitate intercultural development as students complete activities and projects based on course learning objectives.

COIL emphasizes intercultural learning, provides students with opportunities for meaningful engagement with differences, and plays a useful role in a comprehensive approach to internationalization.

COIL is an inclusive practice because it supports students who may not have access to traditional study abroad programs that are often associated with intercultural development. A wide-ranging list of benefits of COIL is below.


Benefits of COIL Virtual Exchange


  • Intercultural development
  • Experiential learning
  • Digital Literacy
  • Experience in Virtual teamwork
  • Cost-effective
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Inclusive and accessible practices
  • Course-based career readiness


  • Intercultural development
  • Pedagogical/andragogical development
  • Digital Literacy
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Participating in a global community of practice
  • Experiences to put on CV for promotion, tenure
  • Promote international research opportunities
  • Possible grant/award funding

COIL initiative at the University of Tennessee contributes to the realization of UT’s strategic vision and supports the Center for Global Engagement’s goal of “developing and supporting a university culture in which global engagement is prioritized and encouraged”

COIL Virtual Exchange Stories

Samara Akpovo, Associate Professor, Director of the Intercultural and Classroom Culture Research Lab
Course: Collaborative Online Learning Across Borders
Partner: University of Auckland in New Zealand, University of Melbourne in Australia

Moonhee Cho, Associate Professor, Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations
Course: Spring 2022 PRBL 370 – Public Relations Cases
Partner: Nukus State Pedagogical Institute in Uzbekistan

Christina Najera, Assistant Professor, Tombras School of Advertising & Public Relations
Course: Spring 2023 ADPR 375 – Integrating Communication Channels
Partner: Panamerican University in Mexico

Hojung Kim, Assistant Professor, School of Interior Architecture
Course: Fall 2022 Advanced Interior Architecture Studio
Partner: Pusan National University in South Korea


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