Search for SUNY COIL Center Director launched as Founder/Director Retires
After almost 11 years since founding and directing the SUNY COIL Center, Jon Rubin will be retiring this spring to become an independent consultant. SUNY has opened a national search to find his successor to lead the COIL Center's innovative and award winning work in curricular internationalization. We are now accepting applications and the Director job description is linked below.
The COIL Center is a leader in the emerging field of collaborative online international learning, a teaching and learning methodology that fosters exchange between faculty and students with peers abroad through Internet-based communication tools. The COIL Center has created a model for supporting professors who develop co-taught multi-cultural online learning environments which emphasizes experiential collaborative learning between students in two or more countries. The classes may be fully online or taught in blended formats with face-to-face sessions at both schools, while collaborative student work takes place online. We presently work with over 60 partner campuses at SUNY and internationally.
The SUNY COIL Center Carries Out Second Workshops for Teachers in Cairo, Egypt and Cuernavaca, Mexico
The SUNY COIL Center held two international COIL workshops during the month of November, 2016 with the generous collaboration of Universidad La Salle in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and the American University in Cairo, Egypt. By utilizing information technologies, we have created global academic partnerships through COIL-enhanced modules embedded in existing courses. The COIL model enhances skills in team-teaching, project-centered course design, across cultures and disciplines in a revenue neutral learning environment and our workshops have become the capstone of our professional development paradigm.
The US-Mexico Multistate Program workshop gathered 19 COIL co-teaching partnerships made up of professors at 18 colleges and universities in Mexico and at SUNY, plus the Ohio University and Florida International University. The Stevens Initiative workshop involved 11 COIL co-teaching partnerships made up of professors at 9 colleges and universities from SUNY and the MENA Region. The workshop provides participants with professional development and delivers guidance for them to design and teach their COIL-enhanced course modules. During this intensive 4-day session participants construct accessible student learning objectives; they design tasks that are project based and address both course requirements and intercultural aptitudes, and then through a process of experimentation and analysis they determine appropriate technological tools for student activities and assessment. This requires knowledge and flexibility in the academic disciplines, familiarity with student and institutional needs, and an understanding of intercultural learning and technology in education. The workshop is one segment of our larger professional development program that has matured over the last decade of COIL projects.
This is the final iteration of the US-Mexico Multistate Program and the second of three sections in the Stevens Initiative. These partnerships have since completed the 6-week COIL Academy that immediately follows the workshop and will be executing their modules in the Spring 2017 semester.
Professor Juan Lozano, Architecture, and Professor Roberto Orozco, MBA, have returned to their campuses in Mexico after visiting their colleagues and students at SUNY Broome County Community College. Professor Lozano teaches at la Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, and Professor Orozco teaches at la Universidad de Celaya. Both universities are in Central Mexico.
The US-Mexico Multistate COIL Program (MCP) is designed to give collaborative online international learning experiences to students in the US and Mexico. According to NAFSA.org, fewer than 10% of all students graduating from US colleges have studied abroad. According to US News and World Report, that number is much smaller for community college students. In this context, the MCP provides curricular internationalization for up to 1500 students at US and Mexican institutions. Students enrolled in a COIL-enhanced class join together with students enrolled in a partner class at another college or university to work on assignments created jointly by their two professors. COIL gives them the opportunity to get to know, and to cultivate the skill of working with, their peers from another nation without ever leaving home. The MCP offers the opportunity for reciprocal visits by COIL professors to the US and Mexico to strengthen teaching connections and internationalization between institutions.
SUNY Broom faculty members Kathleen McKenna and Lynda Carroll, who are co-teaching COIL-enhanced course modules this fall, hosted the guests at Broome during their visit. While they were here, the professors met with the classes they are collaborating with, and with classes in Architectural Design and Construction Management, Effective Speaking and Criminal Justice. Juan Lozano and Lynda Carroll presented a Common Hour Program entitled This Old House: Rethinking Communities Through Innovation, Renovation, & Preservation. Roberto Orozco spoke on TheMexican Economy at a breakfast meeting of the Student Branch of the American Society for Quality Control. He also visited Toastmasters at SUNY Broome (he’d met them virtually in the past) and together with Lisa Strahley and Kathleen McKenna, led 24 participants in a National Issues Forum deliberation on the topic of Immigration Policy.
The guests enjoyed touring various locations in and around SUNY Broome, and as Professor Orozco said after a few drives through the countryside, the fall foliage and the barns along the road took his breath away.