COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Info sessions

COIL training opportunities
For questions about registration and funding, email (
What is COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning)?
COIL Community Webinar
17 Feb  @ 12 pm EST (UCT-5)
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & COIL 
Join us as we examine ways to ensure alignment of COIL activity with the strategic goals of higher education institutions and review how instructors and coordinators are connecting across difference in meaningful ways. Activities and dialogue with Dr. Shamika Mitchell, Dr. Sarah Wyman and COIL Coordinator, Christina Lee. See examples of how COIL collaborations embrace and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and around the world. 
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)

Action & Awareness Week

March 1-5, 2021
March 1-5, 2021 marks the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Action & Awareness Week, coordinated by the University Global Coalition (UGC), the State University of New York (SUNY), and multiple higher education institutions from around the world. First adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ( are a roadmap to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030. The interconnected goals are a way for institutions to address sustainability holistically and with a people-first approach.
The event will provide resources for students, faculty, and staff to learn about the SDGs and to assist in incorporating SDG-related concepts into their current course structure and projects in a flexible, online format. The UGC also encourages higher education institutions to host their own SDG awareness-raising events during this week and open them to participants from around the world by submitting the details at Events can focus on a particular SDG or general SDG-related topics, and details should be submitted no later than February 22.

Click here for more information

Here is the Press Release
Next webinars will be 10 March, 14 April, 12 May, 9 June and so on
12 pm EST (UCT-5)
The Partnering Checklist for professors who are wondering..
now what do I do? I found a partner.. or I think I have someone or I want to find someone…
This checklist was created with the coordinator community and will always be a work in progress.

Please visit the new SUNY COIL Website


The SUNY COIL Global Commons 2020 used the UN Sustainable Development Goals to frame students’ exploration of some of the most challenging problems facing the world. The 6-week program, which took place July 6 – August 10, included two 3-credit courses and collaborative storytelling-based projects between SUNY students and Community based and Non-Governmental Organizations in Africa and the Middle East. You can browse the impressive projects in the program’s showcase.

Intro to COIL Sessions will be held monthly (February – June 2021) on the second Wednesday @ 12pm EST.

Registration link: (

COIL professional development opportunities

COIL Professional Development Workshops


WEBINAR :: Multi-Lingual, and EFL Accessible Virtual Exchange Webinar
with the Virtual Exchange Coalition Event
14 January Thursday
9-10:30 am EST
Here is the link to register 
Join us to examine how virtual exchanges can be multilingual or in languages other than English. We will also have our speakers explore how virtual exchanges that are conducted primarily in English can be more accessible to non-native speakers. Join us for a celebration and analysis of the intersections between language, cultural exchange, technology, and accessibility.
TRAINING :: Set up your profile on the Partnering Site on ImmerseU
Thursday 14, 11am EST
Thursday 14, 7pm EST – Spanish 
Register here
Now is the time to get your profile up on the site.
We want you to be ready to find a partner and
utilize the site to design your COIL collaboration.
Check with Sarah Wyman for the SUNY New Paltz organization code. (
DISCUSSION :: Culture & Language
Idea Hub / Special Interest Group Meeting this week
15 Jan – 3rd Friday of the month
@ 11am EST zoom link 
This group is all about connecting and learning about how COIL and Culture/Language work together and what as a group we want to research on this topic during this spring semester.
with EmTech
new day / time
19 January Tuesday
2-4 pm EST​
This 2-hour webinar highlights virtual worlds and simulations to develop alternatives to authentic learning opportunities. We will also engage in an interactive discussion about tools and platforms currently being used and others on the horizon that are appropriate for virtual exchange and learning in general.

Additional Opportunities

  • EducationUSA Ukraine Project – Bulletin for our Ukrainian partners will be sent to all US-based Coordinators today (Tuesday 1/12/21).  
    • Open to US institutionsseeking ~15 partners
    • Partners will participate in the February Design Workshop (Feb. 8 – Feb. 26, 2021)
    • Collaborations will be implemented in Fall 2021
    • All US partners will be offered member pricing ($250/seat) for their Design Workshop seat (regardless of membership status).  Design Workshop seat free to SUNY partners (regardless of membership status).
  • University of Guadalajara COIL Project
    • Open to all institutions – seeking ~50 partners
    • Partners will participate in a bespoke session of COIL Design to be held March 1- March 19, 2021
    • Collaborations will be implemented in Fall 2021
    • All partners will be offered member pricing ($250/seat) for their Design Workshop seat (regardless of membership status).  Design Workshop seat free to SUNY partners (regardless of membership status).
  • Colombia COIL Project 
    • Open to US institutions – seeking ~48 partners
    • Partners will participate in a bespoke session of COIL Design to be held April 12- April 30, 2021
    • Collaborations will be implemented in Fall 2021
    • All partners will be offered member pricing ($250/seat) for their Design Workshop seat (regardless of membership status).  Design Workshop seat free to SUNY partners (regardless of membership status).



IVEC – International Virtual Exchange Conference
IVEC is the largest and most prominent event on virtual exchange, providing a forum for an audience of instructors, administrators, instructional designers, and educational leaders from institutions around the world interested in technology, international education, and new pedagogies.

  • 1 March – Proposals due
  • 1 April-31 July – Early Bird Registration 
  • 31 July – 1 Oct – Regular Registration 
  • 20-22 Oct – In-person Conference – New York City
  • 27-29 Oct – Virtual Conference Days 



Have you heard about upcoming webinars, lectures, events that might be of interest to the COIL Community?  Please share them!

Sign up to be a COIL Campus of the week  
We want to celebrate you!  Share information here so we can plan our social media celebration for a time that is best for you. 


Upcoming Events to note

COIL Clinics – Monthly meetings on Fridays @ 12pm EST

Based on the DUT model
Invitation and notices during the week

COIL Community Webinar Series
TECHNOLOGY & COIL: Virtual Tools for Virtual Times
special day and time Tues 19 Jan  2-4pm 

This 2-hour webinar highlights the development of new online tools, including virtual worlds and simulations to create engaging digital learning opportunities. Presentations will be followed by an interactive discussion about the best tools and platforms for virtual exchange currently being used and others on the horizon.  

More upcoming COIL Community webinars

14 January 9-10:30am –Join the Virtual Exchange Coalition  

Multilingual, TransLanguaging & EFL Accessible Virtual Exchanges!
Register here 



Class2Class virtual exchange webinar! 
Hear from students who have been recognized internationally for their achievements in virtual exchange and COIL, thanks to the outstanding guidance from their instructors who make best VE/COIL practices “the new norm” at their institutions. 

We are pleased to welcome a panel of esteemed VE/COIL experts whose cutting-edge instructional practices are paving the way for unprecedented student success on a global level.  They will be joined by their students, who will share how best COIL practices have impacted their global learning in life-changing ways.

Click here to register!

WEDS 28 Jan @ 10pmEST, 7pm PST

Training for the Partnering Site within ImmerseU 



Thursday 14, 11am EST

Thursday 14, 7pm EST – Spanish – new 

Thursday 21 January, 7pm EST – Spanish – new 

Friday 22 January, 1pm EST

Thursday 28 January, 11am EST

Thursday 28 January, 7pm EST – Spanish – new 


Friday 5 February, 1pm EST

Thursday 11 February, 11am EST

Friday 19 February, 1pm EST

Thursday 25 February, 11am EST

Registration for any of these sessions is available here:



A Brief Overview (English)

Un Recorrido Breve (Español)



How to Invite your Instructors to Join ImmerseU (English)

Cómo invitar a sus instructores a registrarse en ImmerseU



How to sign up, create profile, etc

Videos de Incorporación/Orientación (Español) (edited) 

COIL Special Interest Groups  – Idea Hubs

The five groups include:
Pedagogy, Culture and Language, Technology, Assessment, Communication/Marketing

These groups are for the COIL community to connect and share information regarding how their topic connects with COIL. Each group has the opportunity to take on a project to share with the community in early June. 

Technology – 1st Friday of the month @ 11am EST zoom link 

Pedagogy – 2nd Friday of the month @ 11am EST zoom link 

Culture and Language – 3rd Friday of the month @ 11am EST zoom link 

Assessment– 4th Friday of the month @ 11am EST zoom link 

Communication/Marketing – 5th Friday of this month, January @ 11am EST zoom link 


📢 INVITATION to Class2Class Event
is proud to announce our second webinar,
“How Virtual Exchange can help with Recruiting, Retaining and Graduating Students”Join Class2ClassTM
8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday,
November 12th  (Friday,
November 13th at 10:00 a.m. JST) as industry
Register here
experts Keiko Ikeda (Kansai University, IIGE), Joseph Martin Stevenson (Bethune Cookman University) and Darla Deardorff (Duke University) share their insights and expertise on how collaborative online learning can strengthen student enrollment and retention.
This is an extremely pertinent topic and we look forward to very enlightening discussions!

Information on past partnering fairs. For additional guidance, email Sarah Wyman or (

·       Please use this link to enter information for the November Partnering Bulletin:

o   The deadline for entering information is November 5th at 11:59 PM EST.

·       The Partnering Bulletin will be distributed on Friday, November 6th.

·       The Partnering Fair will be held on Tuesday, November 10th from 9:00 – 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

o   Topic: SUNY COIL Partnering Fair

o   Time: Nov 10, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

o   Join Zoom Meeting


The Virtual Partnering Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, from 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST.  The Fair is open to all professors or coordinators and will feature opportunities to discuss partnering interests/needs.  Here is the Zoom link (we will also send this out as a calendar announcement):

Join Zoom Meeting

COIL Essentials:  Essentials is now a self-paced workshop that is free and openly available to all here:

COIL Foundations will be offered:

  •       8 June – 26 June
  •       9 July – 30 July
  •       10 August – 28 August

COIL Design will be offered:

  •       8 June – 26 June
  •       9 July – 30 July
  •       10 August – 28 August


Professors can register for these workshops using this link:

Past training info:

The SUNY COIL Center is pleased to announce a special two-week workshop designed to guide professors through the process of transforming a planned faculty-led study abroad program into an interactive and

The SUNY COIL Center Staff
Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
The State University of New York (SUNY)
State University Plaza
Albany, NY  12246-0001


Spring 2020 COIL Global Commons webinars:

info session on Wednesday 4/29/20:

Friday, 05/01/20: