2015 COIL Conference Webcast Agenda

We are very pleased to again be able to offer a free live webcast to allow individuals across the world that may not be able to attend the event for geographic, financial, political or other reasons to benefit from the many informative sessions on being offered focused on this year's theme of The Expanding Landscape of COIL Practitioners, Networks, and Hubs: What’s Next?

If you are interested in joining the webcast please complete the short registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015COILConWebcast.

Please share info about the webcast with anyone you think may be interested to join us.

You can see the list of sessions which will be webcast below. You can view the times of the event in other parts of the world by clicking the links below. Please keep in mind that USA already entered Daylight Savings Time on March 8th.

March 19, 2015: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. NYC EDT Time
March 20, 2015: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. NYC EDT Time

An agenda for the webcast is below. You can also access presenter bios for the conference.

We will also be recording all conference sessions to be made available as a video archive on the COIL Center website at the end of April.

7th COIL Conference Webcast Agenda - Thursday, March 19, 2015

1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Opening Remarks & Greeting

  • Jon Rubin, Director, SUNY COIL Center
  • Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Keynote Address

Jason E. Lane, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, State University of New York

Catalytic COILS:  Collective Leadership in a Decentralized Network


COIL catalyzes new approaches to internationalization, teaching and learning.  Across the globe, faculty and students use the COIL framework to facilitate virtual mobility and collaborate on emergent, experiential learning. But what catalyzes COIL? Who makes decisions when no one calls the shots? What does the future hold?  In this brief keynote, we will consider the decentralized nature of a network in a centralized environment. I propose that collective leadership may be the key. Together we will ask the question: What’s next?

1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Plenary Panel Discussion

  • Jenifer Cushman, Campus Dean and Associate Professor of German, Ohio University Zanesville
  • Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives, University of Washington Bothell
  • Keiko Ikeda, Associate Professor and Vice-Director, Center for International Education, Division of International Affairs, Kansai University, Japan
  • Maurits van Rooijen, RSA, PhD, Rector & CEO at London School of Business and Finance; President, Compostela Group of Universities
  • Jon Rubin, Director, SUNY COIL Center

Moderator:  Jason E. Lane, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, SUNY System Administration


Our Plenary Panel will respond to Jason Lane's keynote address and will explore the conference theme:

The Expanding Landscape of COIL Practitioners, Networks, and Hubs: What's Next?

Here are the elements deconstructed:

  1. Practitioners: The history of COIL exchanges has been a bottom-up affair, led by practitioners linking their classrooms and students. But as SUNY and other universities endeavor to normalize this modality, how do we expand and strengthen institutional partnerships while still foregrounding the course-building work of professors?
  2. Hubs: While COIL is an international educational modality - we increasingly see the need for regional hubs as a way to localize and share expertise - and we are supporting hub building efforts in Japan, Turkey, Mexico and in regions of the U.S. What is the best way to nurture and link hubs to share knowledge and good practices?
  3. Networks: The work of the SUNY COIL Center has been from its inception about building networks: within SUNY linking its campuses; between SUNY and the world; and increasingly supporting and connecting other interested institutions. What can we learn from other higher education consortia and associations about building stable and fruitful networks?
  4. Expanding Landscape: This phrase represents both the landscape on individual campuses and the broader landscape of higher education. As this modality expands to more and more campuses, what have we learned about integrating COIL into existing structures? How does this model integrate with campuses around the world, each of which has thier own landscape, expectations and practices?

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Doing COIL in Japan

  • Keiko Ikeda, Associate Professor and Vice-Director, Center for International Education, Division of International Affairs, Kansai University, Japan
  • Don Bysouth, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Japan


This presentation explores some recent developments in the promotion of COIL practices in a university in Japan. It will report on a recent international symposium held in Osaka as a kick-off event for this endeavor, and canvass future projections as to how to promote COIL in the institution. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how international and SUNY colleagues can be a part of its development.

4:20 - 5:05 p.m

Student Voices Track

Dogs, Military, Food, Nightlife: Deepening the COIL connection with empowered student use of social media

  • Hope Windle, Instructional Designer and Associate Professor, SUNY Ulster
  • Jeannine Mercer, Visiting Assistant Professor, Lebanon Residency Program, SUNY Empire State College
  • Mindy Kole, Assistant Professor of Business, Director of the Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, SUNY Ulster
  • Paul Nichols Najm, Undergraduate Student, Marketing, American University of Science and Technology, Lebanon
  • Joelle Nakhoul, Undergraduate Student, Media Studies, SUNY Empire State College’s Lebanon Program, Beirut
  • Bilal Sulaiman, Undergraduate Student, Marketing and Advertising, SUNY Empire State College’s Lebanon Program, Beirut
  • Alaa Breish, Undergraduate Student, Advertising, American University of Science and Technology, Lebanon
  • Renee Hernandez, Undergraduate Student, SUNY Ulster
  • Sierra Stitt, Undergraduate Student, SUNY Ulster


In their second COIL collaboration, Jeannine Mercer and Mindy Kole share specific improvements they’ve made which resulted in more effective, deeper participation in a social media project. Next, students from Lebanon and New York discuss how the communication dynamics helped them move beyond cultural stereotypes to connect more as peers. This positioned them to tackle how the interpretation of social causes in different cultures varies considerably.

5:20 - 5:50 p.m

A New Approach to Assessing Online Intercultural Exchange: Soft Certification of Participant Engagement in COIL-Enhanced Courses through Open Badges

  • Mirjam Hauck, Professional Development Lead, SUNY COIL Center
  • Teresa MacKinnon, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick, U.K.


The challenges to the adoption of international telecollaborative activity have been well documented (see, for example Guth et al., 2012, MacKinnon, 2013) and the complexity of shared electronic accreditation explained (Aguirre and Quemada, 2012). We will present a framework for badging as an incentive for participant engagement with tasks during online intercultural exchange (OIE) drawing on Cross and Galley’s (2012) badge typology. To that effect we will take O’Dowd and Ware’s (2009) overview of the main categories of OIE tasks as a starting point and suggest a way in which the various roles of badges as identified by Cross and Galley (2012) can be mapped onto O’Dowd and Ware’s (2009) task categorization.


7th COIL Conference Webcast Agenda - Friday, March 20, 2015


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Building Upon COIL's Networks to Expand Frameworks for Broader COIL Initiatives

Note: This session is for individuals from campuses NOT currently in COIL's Networks.

  • Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives, University of Washington Bothell
  • John E. Fowler, Assistant Director, SUNY COIL Center

Description:  We will first describe how SUNY and international institutions can join the COIL Center's Nodal and Global Partner Networks. We will then discuss the resources and strategies created to support the development and success of these Networks at SUNY. This will lead to an examination of an emerging COIL Hub in the Pacific Northwest being led by University of Washington Bothell. Following these case studies, we will facilitate a discussion to help inform the development of related COIL initiatives around the U.S. and the world.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Student Voices Track

Approaching Future Managers COIL Project: A Partnership Between SUNY Ulster - Fatec Americana

  • Osvaldo Succi, Instructor of International Relations and English Language, Business Management Department, Fatec Americana, Brazil
  • Carlos Augusto Amaral Moreira, Professor, Business Management Department, Advisor and Strategic Planner, Fatec Americana, Brazil
  • Hope Windle, Instructional Designer and Associate Professor, SUNY Ulster
  • Richard Cattabiani, Director of International Programs, SUNY Ulster
  • William Sheldon, Professor, Economics and Management, SUNY Ulster
  • Taíza Diana, Undergraduate Student, Fatec Americana, Brazil
  • André Santos, Undergraduate Student, Fatec Americana, Brazil
  • Akram Abdulla, Undergraduate Student, SUNY Ulster
  • Corey Benziger, Undergraduate Student, SUNY Ulster


The panel will discuss the collaboration of two institutions: SUNY Ulster and Fatec Americana to offer American and Brazilian Community College business students an invaluable hands-on international experience via COIL. The panel will also address the topics of team formation, professors' and students' perspectives and future developments for business students online international initiatives.

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Plenary Session: Keynote Luncheon

Greeting by Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York

Keynote Address by Maurits van Rooijen, RSA, PhD, Rector & CEO at London School of Business and Finance; President, Compostela Group of Universities

Professor Maurits van Rooijen is Chief Executive (Academic), GUS, Rector and CEO of LSBF and Rector, ad interim, GISMA. He has a career spanning 25 years as an international educator and pioneer in the global proliferation of education.
Prof van Rooijen is an economic historian with a PhD from the University of Utrecht. He has held senior positions at several universities across the globe, including Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Leiden, and Victoria University in Melbourne.

Prior to his appointment at GUS, Prof van Rooijen was Rector Magnificus and CEO of Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. From 1993 to 2009, he worked at the University of Westminster as Executive Vice-President. Under his leadership, the institution twice received the Queen’s Awards; in 2000, for achievements in international education, and in 2005, for innovative ventures such as the opening of the Westminster International University Tashkent, in Uzbekistan.

Prof van Rooijen also initiated Britain’s largest international scholarship programme, for which the University of Westminster won the Times Higher Education inaugural award.

Prof Van Rooijen holds numerous international administrative positions. He is Co-Chairman of the World Association for Cooperative Education, based in the USA, which supports work-integrated learning, and the President of the Compostela Group of Universities in Spain, a consortium that stimulates cooperation and dialogue in the field of higher education.
Professor van Rooijen is also Vice-President of the European Access Network, which encourages under-represented groups to participate in higher education, and until 2012 was Chairman of the Managing Board of the Euro-Mediterranean University in Slovenia, an initiative of the European Parliament.

The Compostela Group (CGU) is one of the largest, the most open and inclusive non-profit worldwide consortia of Higher Education institutions. Created in 1993 by a group of European universities, the CGU currently brings together more than 70 members from all over the world.

As a group, we believe in the value of diversity and work for the cooperation among higher education universities. The success of our activities and working groupes are a sign of understanding and interaction among our members.


1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

ACE/SUNY COIL Center Internationalization Through Technology Awards

  • Heather H. Ward, Senior Program Specialist, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, American Council on Education
  • Alison Van Nyhuis, Associate Professor and Global Literacy Coordinator, Fayetteville State University
  • Megan Gibbons, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Glenville State College
  • Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching Methodology, Xavier University
  • Others TBA (remote)


The American Council on Education (ACE) and SUNY COIL Center have partnered to present the Internationalization through Technology Awards, sponsored by Asahi Net International. At the 6th COIL Conference in 2014, the award was presented to three institutions—Fayetteville State University, Glenville State College, and Xavier University—based on their demonstrated commitment and potential for developing a COIL program. Representatives of the selected institutions and an international faculty partner will discuss results of the awards program.

3:10 - 4:10 p.m.

Opportunities and Challenges at Small and Medium Non-Traditional Campuses

  • Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives, University of Washington Bothell
  • Jenifer Cushman, Campus Dean and Associate Professor of German, Ohio University Zanesville


Join us for a roundtable discussion about the unique opportunities and challenges in implementing COIL that face institutions with enrollments under 10,000 that are highly non-residential and/ or diverse in other ways. The session will include an assessment to identify trends among the institutions represented and discussion on topics such as institutional resources and key collaborations for supporting COIL, and the value proposition of COIL for administration, faculty and students.

4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Closing Plenary Discussion


From the opening plenary panel forward, this conference seeks to explore where and how the COIL landscape may expand in the future. In this final meeting we will share the outcomes of various sessions and will seek possible paths forward for practitioners, networks, and hubs. Please join us in an all-Conference discussion as we work together to define ideas and next steps that will help guide all of us byond the conference.

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