6th COIL Conference

Schedule At-a-Glance
Full Agenda
Keynote Address
Plenary Sessions
Session Abstracts
Conference Tracks
Presenter Bios
Pre-conference Workshops
Live Webcast Info
Registration (waitlist)

Call for Presentations - Closed


6th COIL Conference

When: Thursday, March 20 (1-8pm) and Friday, March 21 (9am-6pm) 2014
Where: SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St. NYC

February 7th Update: The conference has completely filled. There is a chance we may receive some last minute cancellations. If you wish to join the waitlist, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XYY8CMN to join our waitlist.

** If you wish to join the Conference's Road to COIL Normalization Track and Plenary Sessions via free live Webcast more information and registration can be found here on the
COIL Conference Live Webcast Agenda and Registration Page.

Questions? Please email COILConference@suny.edu

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:

  • The Road to COIL Normalization – Panel Discussion followed by a session track devoted to the process of embedding Collaborative Online International Learning at varied institutions
  • Remarks from Patti McGill Peterson, Presidential Advisor, Global Initiatives, Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Presentation on the inaugural Internationalization through Technology Awards from the COIL Center and ACE through the generous sponsorship of Asahi Net International
  • This year's keynote address will be offered by one of leading practitioners in the collaborative online international learning field, Elmer Poe, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Emerging Academic Initiatives at East Carolina University. Dr. Poe has been involved in developing and deploying innovative, technology-based programs since 1989, when he developed an online training program for remotely located workers who needed to learn about computer applications and automated data processing. Since 2003 he has developed Internet based programs and has worked with Dr. Rosina Chia to develop the award winning Global Understanding/Initiatives programs at East Carolina University which involve active partnerships with more than 30 universities in 20+ nations.

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

  • Strategies for Creating Dynamic Intercultural Relationships

  • IT Tools for Enhancing Intercultural Competency Amongst Today's Students

  • Negotiating COIL Course Design Using an Instructional Design Planning Framework and Toolkit

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:

  • Best Practices for Normalizing COIL and Similar Institutional Initiatives
  • Building Global Competence into the Undergraduate Education of Pre-service Teachers*
  • Role of COIL Courses in Integrating Intercultural and/or Global Dimensions into the Curriculum
  • Student Perspectives and Voices from COIL Courses
  • 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

Partnering Opportunities:

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.


Registration Information

Please join us for an engaging and lively series of presentations and discussions on international online learning environments. The 2011-13 conferences filled to capacity, so we recommend registering early to avoid disappointment.

Full Conference (Two Days) SUNY Others
Early Bird Registration by January 31, 2014 $175 $275
Regular Registration after January 31, 2014 $215 $325
Pre-conference workshops $75 $100

One Day Conference Registration SUNY Others
Thursday, March 20, 2014 $90 $145
Friday, March 21, 2014 $150 $235

A networking reception on Thursday evening, as well as lunch on Friday are included in your registration fee.

Accepted methods of payment include:

  • Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Check (Personal or Campus)
  • Purchase Order
  • Journal Transfer
  • CPD Training Points

If paying with Check or Purchase Order, please make payable to:
The State University of New York
Send payment to:
SUNY Global Center
Attn: John Fowler - COIL Center
116 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022

February 7th Update: The conference has completely filled. There is a chance we may receive some last minute cancellations. If you wish to join the waitlist, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XYY8CMN to join our waitlist.

Accommodation Information

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

SUNYGlobalCenterIn 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 julie.ficarra@suny.edu 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.