Professional Development Program

Overview and Timeline


One of the primary goals of SUNY’s Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is to encourage and support the development of course-based partnerships between SUNY campuses and higher education institutions in other countries.

The COIL Center has created a professional development program to support selected faculty as they develop and pilot equitable, team-taught courses which emphasize experiential and collaborative student learning.  Developing a COIL-enhanced Course involves attentive planning with a partner teacher and institution on various aspects of designing the learning environment and coordinating collaborative work.  For more information, see the various course examples and case studies that have been documented about previous COIL-enhanced course modules.

We welcome faculty from any discipline into these programs as COIL collaborations often lend themselves well to interdisciplinary partnerships.  The COIL Center's professional development program entails two online courses designed for professors and instructors at SUNY Nodal Network colleges and universities and Global Partner Network institutions.  These two professional development programs are the COIL Course Orientation and the COIL Academy.  

Below is a general timeline for the Professional Development program which includes:


Fall Academy 

To Teach a Spring Semester COIL Course

Spring Academy 

To Teach a Fall Semester COIL Course

Phase 1:
Partnership Development

Work with the COIL Center on identifying a partner


Participate in Online COIL Course Orientation

Before September

Before February


Finding and Establishing a Partnership

Deadline: Early October

Deadline: Early February


Continued Partnership Development

Continuous once partnership is established.

Phase 2:
Academy for COIL Course Development

Develop your pilot course with your partner and support of the COIL Center.


Academy Kick Off 




Participate in Online Academy for COIL Course Development





Continued Course Development

Until course/module begins


Until course/module begins


Phase 3:

Course Implementation

Pilot your course; analyze the impact of this course on your teaching and your students.


Course Implementation

Period during the fall semester

Period during the spring semester


Course Evaluation