The Guide to COIL Virtual Exchange

Implementing, Growing, and Sustaining Collaborative Online International Learning

Edited by Jon Rubin and Sarah Guth
Contributions by Stephanie Doscher and Carrie Prior
Foreword by Hans de Wit
October 2022
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This is the authoritative guide to implementing COIL / Virtual Exchange, conceived, and edited by the originator of this powerful approach to collaborative online learning, Jon Rubin. COIL, the acronym for Collaborative Online International Learning, is the foundation of what has come to be known as virtual exchange; and has now established itself since its first iteration in 2002 as a mature pedagogy that is being increasingly implemented across the world and is validated by a growing body of research.

COIL / Virtual Exchange at its most essential is a bi-lateral online exchange involving the integration of existing courses (so not requiring further institutional approval) across two, or sometime more, institutions that are geographically separated. To launch a COIL VE course, the instructor of a class at a higher education institution in one location links online with a professor and his or her class in another region or country. Together, their students engage and develop joint projects, usually over a continuous five to eight-week period.

Compared to the limited number of students worldwide who can engage in study abroad, COIL VE potentially opens up more equitable and inclusive participation in international education and intercultural experiences to all students, involves them in rigorous disciplinary studies, and promotes close and constructive engagement with students with different cultural perspectives.

While many COIL courses are launched by individual instructors, based on their research connections and online outreach, they are being increasingly supported by dedicated institutional staff who facilitate virtual exchanges and provide professional development.

This comprehensive guide covers COIL VE pedagogy, provides examples what takes place in the COIL classroom, and explores what instructors and staff need to know to facilitate and support a variety of COIL courses across the curriculum. It addresses how institutional stakeholders, especially those in leadership positions, can develop and embed a successful COIL initiative at their institution. It offers varied perspectives of COIL viewed from different institutional and cultural vantage points—from research universities, community and technical colleges, and university systems—and describes how COIL VE is developing in five different world regions, presenting eleven case studies.

Beyond concluding with a guide to twelve global organizations that support COIL VE, the book provides links to the COIL Connect for Virtual Exchange Website that will update the directory of organizations, include an expanding database of faculty and institutions participating in COIL and looking for partners, course, templates, survey data, and case studies.

This book offers faculty and administrators across the world—whether formally involved in international education, in service-learning and community engagement, or wanting to incorporate a cross-cultural perspective in their disciplinary courses—with the theoretical foundations, guidance on effective collaboration, and the strategic and pedagogical considerations to develop robust COIL VE courses and programs.


List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes

How and Why the Guide to COIL Exchange is Linked to the COIL Connect Website

Summary of Data Sources—Jon Rubin, Sarah Guth, and Alena Anishchanka


Part One: Introduction to COIL Virtual Exchange

1: Introduction to the Guide to COIL Virtual Exchange—Jon Rubin

2: The Limits of International Education Mobility and the Emergence of COIL—Harvey Charles

3: Situating COIL Virtual Exchange Within Concepts of Internationalization—Jos Beelen and Stephanie Doscher

4: What Makes Collaboration So Important and How it is Facilitated Online—Jon Rubin

Part Two: What Institutional Leaders and Internationalization Champions Need to Know About COIL Virtual Exchange

5: Introduction—Jon Rubin

6: Preparing Your Institution for the Development of an Equitable COIL VE Environment—Jon Rubin

7: Developing COIL Infrastructure and Forming a Core Team: Initial Steps—Jon Rubin

8: Developing Effective International Institutional Partnerships for COIL Virtual Exchange—Jon Rubin

9: Structuring COIL Activities from Start to Finish: Developing a Three-year Plan—Jon Rubin

10: Taking COIL Virtual Exchange to Scale: 2004-2019—Jon Rubin and Katherine Wimpenny

Part Three: What Instuctors and Support Staff Need to Know About COIL Virtual Exchange

11: Introduction—Jon Rubin and Stephanie Doscher

12: Faculty Recruitment for COIL Virtual Exchange—Sally Mudiamu

13: Professional Development for COIL Virtual Exchange: Why, How, and Who?—Stephanie Doscher

14: Professional Development for COIL Virtual Exchange: What Should It Entail?—Stephanie Doscher

15: Communicating Successfully Across Differences within Virtual Exchange—Darla K. Deardorff

16: Assessing Intercultural Learning Outcomes in COIL Courses—Darla K. Deardorff

17: COIL Matching Strategies for Advancing Underrepresented College Students' Inclusion, Equity, and Success—Stephanie Tadal and Maria Inez Marino

18: Virtual Exchange IT Tools—Nicole Simon and Angélica Santana Fierro

Part Four: Perspectives on COIL Virtual Exchange

19: Introduction to Perspectives on COIL Virtual Exchange—Jon Rubin

20: COIL Development at State-funded U.S. University Systems—Dan Nolan

21: The Implementation and Sustainability of Collaborative Online International Learning at Research and Research Aspiring Universities—Carrie Prior and Sake Jager

22: COILing at Community and Technical Colleges—Jon Rubin

23: COIL Country Focus—Jon Rubin

24: Organizations Supporting the Broader Virtual Exchange Field—Chesla Lenkaitis

Part Five: Case Studies: How Students, Teachers, and Other Learners Benefit

25: Case Studies: How Students, Teachers, and Other Learners Benefit—Jon Rubin

26: Using Project-Based Learning with Virtual Reality Field Trips in Virtual Exchange Courses—Elena Douvlou and Kelly Tzoumis

27: Collaborative Science Fiction Criticism: A Brazil/U.S. COIL Experience—Giséle Manganelli and John Shanahan

28: Bridging Traditional Study Abroad Programs with Virtual In-Person Collaborations—Nila Ginger Hofmann and Shweta Sinha Deshpande

29: More Than Landscapes and Seasaons: Contrasts Between U.S. and Brazil—Odair Almeida and Christie A. Klimas

30: Cross Cultural Awareness Enacted Via a Web Writing Course—Jon R. Chapin and Fiona Rossette-Crake

31: Cross Cultural Video Productionn 200-2011: A Progenitor COIL Course in the Media Arts—Jon Rubin

32: Student Voices: Beyond Borders and Barriers, Healing Narratives of 1947 Through a COIL Virtual Project—Tuli Chatterji, Friyana Munshi, Kathryn Berlin, and Khadija Rubaiyat Tasmia

33: Student Voices: Broaden My Horizon—Janiek de Vries

34: Student Voices: Anxiety Turned Into Enthusiasm!—Rana Altavan and Tonnie van Genugten

35: Student Voices: Greater than the Sum of its Parts—Steffanie M. Munguia

Part Six: Conclusion: The Future of COIL and Networked Education

36: Conclusion—Jon Rubin

About the Editors and Contributors


Jon Rubin

Jon Rubin is a media artist and Fulbright Fellow who founded and directed SUNY’s COIL Center from 2006-2017. He co-facilitated four iterations of the COIL Leadership Institute between 2017-2021, with the American Council on Education and later with Florida International University. He directs, a web initiative that supports institutions committed to COIL Virtual Exchange and he is also Director of COIL Consulting. He co-edited this Guide to COIL Virtual Exchange, published by Stylus Publishers.

Sarah Guth

Sarah Guth is the President of UNICollaboration, a cross-disciplinary professional organization for telecollaboration and virtual exchange in Higher Education, and teaches English as a Foreign Language at the University of Padova, Italy where she has implemented virtual exchange (VE) for two decades. She was the Program Coordinator at the SUNY COIL Center from 2013 to 2014. She currently focuses on the role of professional development in VE and the integration of VE into internationalization-at-home strategies.