Call for Presentations at 6th COIL Conference

Submission deadline: January 17, 2014 (Now Closed)

Reimagining Education: Can Collaborative Online International Learning be Normalized?

We invite proposals that broadly support this year’s conference themes for presentations based upon research and/or reflective practice in a range of formats.

Joint proposals, including those that represent the collaboration of inter- or intra- departmental or institutional teams, those which are designed to foster significant audience participation, or panels which bring in student perspectives, are particularly encouraged.

 This Year's Themes and Topics include:

  • Best Practices for Normalizing COIL and Similar Institutional Initiatives
  • Building Global Competence into the Undergraduate Education of Pre-service Teachers
  • Student Perspectives and Voices from COIL Courses
  • Role of COIL Courses in Integrating Intercultural and/or Global Dimensions into the Curriculum
  • COIL Courses as Portals for Increased Participation in Study Abroad
  • How is Intercultural Exchange Transformed in the Online Environment?
  • The Role of Language in COIL Courses and COIL for Language Learning
  • Online Collaborations with Partners in Non-Traditional Destinations
  • Strategies for Using COIL to Connect Curricula, Technology and Campus Internationalization
  • Overcoming Power Differentials in Online Collaborations
  • Utilizing COIL to Realize the Full Potential of Existing International Partnerships
  • Fostering and Evaluating Student Cross-cultural Competence Online
  • "We're all the same! Or are we?" Moving from Minimization of Difference to Acceptance of Difference

Possible presentation types include:

  • Individual Presentations (up to 30 minutes)
  • Pecha Kucha Presentations (6 minutes and 40 seconds) - You can read more about this presentation format at Wikipedia and
  • Panels (30, 45, or 60 minutes)
  • Working Group Roundtable Discussions (30, 45, or 60 minutes)
  • Mini-Workshops (30, 45, or 60 minutes)
  • Hands-on Demos (30, 45, or 60 minutes)
  • Pre-conference Workshops (3 hours)

Note: All times above must include at least 10 minutes for substantive Q&A after the presentation. Any session can be designed to include remote presenters via videoconference or other technologies. Be creative in proposing presentation formats, as alternative and innovative formats are highly encouraged.

Proposal Requirements:

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Presentation Title (up to 15 words)*
  • Type of session (e.g. panel or individual presentation)
  • Proposed duration of session (see parameters, above)
  • Name, email, and phone number of primary contact or session chairperson (questions and status of the proposal will be communicated to this person)
  • Name, institutional/departmental affiliation, position, and a brief biography (up to 75 words) for each participant in the presentation*
  • 50-75 word abstract of the session*
  • Up to 750 word description of the session, identifying what will be presented in the session, the target audience, and the delivery format
    • For presentations based upon research please including a concise description of the research context and questions, methods used, preliminary or final results, as well as some of the conclusions and interpretations.
    • For presentations focused on reflective practice, please describe the context, problem, approach, and results for the areas of focus in your presentation.
    • For workshop submissions, please include the objectives of the workshop as well as the expected outcomes and takeaways for attendees.
  • 3 key points audience members will learn from the session
  • Technology and audio/visual requirements, including time zone of any remote presenters

All submissions must be received by submission deadline, January 17, 2014. Only complete proposals will be considered. Send all submissions electronically via email with the subject line "2014 COIL Conference CFP submission," to

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal application by the end of January.

Any questions about the CFP process or the conference venue should be directed to

* This information will be used for the conference website, mailings and handouts if the proposal presentation is accepted. By submitting a proposal applicants agree to this information being used for such promotional materials for the conference. If your proposal is accepted you will also be asked for digital photographs of each member of your panel for the conference program and other promotional materials. The COIL Center reserves the right to edit/modify any information that is used in conference related materials.

Note: The COIL Conference session review committee will try to accommodate the session type, duration, and other requests for accepted presenters. However, in order to create the agenda, the conference team reserves the right to modify session parameters. Any changes will be communicated to accepted presenters, we may also contact applicants to suggest alternatives prior to their proposal being accepted/rejected.

We also plan to again offer a live conference webcast and post a video archive to COIL’s website. This is to allow individuals around the world that may not be able to attend for geographic, political or financial reasons to benefit from the informative sessions at the event. Presenters will be asked to sign a consent and release form prior to their arrival at the conference.

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