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6th COIL Conference
Thinking Differently about Teaching and Learning:
As the world becomes increasingly networked, higher education institutions seek ways to better prepare students to thrive in cross-cultural academic and professional environments. By reimagining education as a networked phenomenon, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)* has emerged as an innovative response to this need. In COIL courses, faculty from across borders co-create learning environments in which students gain valuable technological and cross-cultural competence, as well as hands-on experience collaborating with international peers. With the continued expansion of practice and growth of research on COIL and similar models, this year’s conference asks if such innovation can be normalized and what is needed to make that happen?
*The acronym COIL is used to refer to any pedagogical activities that use technology to link classrooms and students in geographically distant locations through coursework. Among the other terms used to describe such activity are globally networked learning, telecollaboration, online intercultural exchange, virtual exchange, virtual mobility, and Exchange 2.0.
More about the COIL Conference:
The SUNY COIL Center's annual conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together 200+ faculty, international programs staff, instructional technology staff, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to celebrate innovative models and best practices. The year's conference agenda will include sessions from both invited speakers as well as those resulting from our international Call for Presentations.
A list of presenters, the conference agenda, as well as short abstracts of the sessions are now available. You can also access a PDF of the full conference program.
This year's Plenary Sessions include:
This year's event will for the first time feature a disciplinary-specific track. The area covered this year will be Teacher Education. It will include a panel discussion featuring leaders in the field of internationalizing teacher education, presentations from practitioners in the discipline, and a roundtable discussion.
New this year will be pre-conference workshops on March 20 from 9am - 12pm
More details can be found on the pre-conference workshop page by clicking here.
This year's Conference Topics and Themes for our international CFP included:
Partnerships are at the heart of the COIL model. At this year's conference there will be a series of structured networking opportunities for both faculty and administrators designed specifically to foster the creation of partnerships at the event. This includes a special dedicated-space nicknamed the Networking Nook which will be available throughout the conference for informal meetings.
COIL has arranged special rates at two conveniently located hotels for attendees. More information can be found on the hotel information page. The reservation deadline for the conference rates.
Conference Venue - The SUNY Global Center
In addition to COIL, the SUNY Global Center houses the other departments and the headquarters for SUNY's Office of Global Affairs. The Global Center is located in one of New York City's most distinguished landmark buildings and is a specially designed facility for an innovative 21st century global experience. As you step through the portal of the forty-thousand square foot complex, you enter a unique environment for learning.
With its location in the heart of Manhattan, the center is also equipped with advanced information and video technology to provide direct, face-to-face interaction between students, and faculty and participants around the world. The Global Classroom, where the conference will be convened, as well as the SUNY Global Center itself, are hubs for cross-border and cross-cultural exchange of information, knowledge, learning and innovation.
Conference Sponsorship Opportunity
COIL is pleased to offer a limited number of vendors and organizations with products or services relevant to our attendees the opportunity to sponsor, exhibit, and present at our annual conference. If your organization is interested, please contact Julie Ficarra, COIL’s Program Coordinator for International Collaborations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at +1 (212) 317-3578.
Please note that vendor sponsorship of the COIL Conference shall not be construed as an endorsement by COIL, SUNY, or any other NY State entities of the sponsoring organization or their products.