COIL's Staff

Mary Lou Forward

Mary Lou Forward

Executive Director

Mary Lou Forward has served as the Executive Director of the Open Education Consortium since 2009. The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on teaching and learning.  Prior to joining the Open Education Consortium, Mary Lou served as the Dean of African studies for SIT Study Abroad, working with institutions across Africa for nearly two decades.  During this time she incorporated technology and distance learning in international educational programming and developed opportunities to collaborate across countries and between diverse student and faculty groups.  Mary Lou has also served in other faculty and educational administration roles, including teaching Environmental Studies in Madagascar.

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Jan McCauleyJan McCauley

Assistant Director

Jan McCauley is the Assistant Director of the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning, which is a unit of the State University of New York’s Office of Global Affairs.  Jan joined the COIL Center as Operations Coordinator in August 2016 after working closely with COIL for several years as a faculty member, campus coordinator, and professional development facilitator.  She had previously served as an adjunct professor of Latin American History and Cultural Anthropology at SUNY Broome Community College since 2009.  During her time at SUNY Broome she helped to launch the COIL Initiative on that campus, including developing and teaching her own collaborative COIL module with her faculty partner in Mexico City.  

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Stephen TippettStephen Tippett

COIL Course Development Coordinator

Stephen is a teacher and an education professional.  He has taught in elementary, middle, and high school, and at the university level, and at the SUNY COIL Center his work focuses at the intersection of instructional design, technology, and project management.  He is working on his doctoral dissertation on the instructional design of short term study abroad at the University of Delaware.  For the last few years he worked in technology administration and operations for study abroad programs.  His research interests include participatory learning, learning management systems, and methods of internationalization and intercultural learning in higher education.  He worked for several years in South America, first in Ecuador with an Education Development NGO called WorldTeach, and then in Chile in an international volunteer program through the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Education.  During this time, he learned Spanish and traveled to many places in South America.  He maintains an interest and work in study abroad and educational cooperation between Ecuador, Chile, and the US.   

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