Question 39

39. When you applied to the COIL Institute did your partnered institutions or your departments/programs make a substantial commitment to continue developing a globally networked initiative? Or was it primarily a singular commitment on the part of the participating faculty Fellows? Please discuss.



It was primarily a singular commitment on our part. We have made known in our Department but apart from a single inquiry nobody else has shown interest in these types of courses at the moment.

I think first of all faculty, however the institution also supported Instructional designer

ULPGC: The idea to apply to the COIL arose after the visit of the Vice Dean for International at ESC (Saratoga Springs). It was primarily a singular commitment on the part of the participating faculty Fellows.

MJU- It was primarily a singular commitment on the part of the participating faculty Fellows. If the questionnaire 38 was covered, the continuity of the study will be guaranteed.

The COIL project was primarily an individual commitment, but I expect more collaboration to follow.

NCCU: Yes, for NCCU, enhancing our curriculum with global connections is a university-wide directive and a core element of our 2020 Strategic Plan.  All areas of the college are encouraged to create programs to bring global engagement to curricula.  As a result, the conversation with senior administration for support of the COIL project was easier than expected.  However, because there were no programs on campus that had engaged a course design like the COIL project, a huge learning curve was encountered by the NCCU faculty to market the course to students.  Additionally, the NCCU Distance Education Department had not encountered a course of this scope.  So, in addition to the groundwork of the NCCU 2020 Strategic Plan for a globally enhanced curriculum creating a positive environment initiating the COIL collaboration, the commitment by faculty, Lenora Helm Hammonds was helpful to overcome obstacles at her institution.

Also, the singular commitment of faculty across all three institutions was key to overcoming obstacles in the course design around the different program make-up: UNISA being a distance education only campus; NCCU having mixed enrollment of graduate and undergraduate; musician and non-musician student participants, and RAMA - a school of music, having all student musicians.

UNISA:  Yes. Unisa as one of the largest distance learning institutions has made great strides in adopting the Open Distance Learning model.

My (Meredith’s) understanding is that SUNY Geneseo is committed to globally networked initiatives. As such, our participation in the COIL institute was initiated by The Office of International Programs. Although our Department supports these initiatives, I don’t believe it is considered a primary goal of ours.

It was commitment by my (Mira) Chair – Prof. Alla Nazarenko and our former Dean Prof. Svetlana Ter-Minasova.  Actually, the mission of our Chair/Department is exactly to develop and give globally networked courses. And our course is just one of the several examples.  Probably, the most accomplished and substantial case, but there is one more global course and a few international distance-learning programs as well.

Yes, our partner institution, the Higher School of Economics, was very eager to continue such collaborations. They have expressed their interest through co-teaching another globally networked linked course with our Sociology & Anthropology department as well as committing to teaming with Mason again for Spring 2014.

HSE has a number of globally networked courses in different disciplines with different partners. It certainly is interested in developing this experience

The COIL project began as a singular initiative prompted by the Fellows involved.  We believe all parties involved are interested in seeing future COIL courses, but resource support is important to see such projects forward. While we have not had the opportunity to discuss future ventures with our administration, we believe our Dean and Provost are interested and supportive of international collaboration at the college.  The Dean at Brockport has affirmed this interest.

At this point, it’s a singular commitment.  I think that at Buffalo State, Beth and I would need to offer  a workshop on our experience. 

While a singular commitment at present at UC, several other faculty in department with international colleagues are positioned to consider this model, but our college must put in place real instructional design support for the model to take off within and beyond department, backed up by other university actors who could promote it (UC International, Honors, Center for Teaching and Learning)..

Both institutions are eager to continue to develop globally-networked learning environments as they see it as an important development in globalizing their respective institutions.  That being said, this specific course stems more from a singular commitment on the part of the participating faculty Fellows and if it is run again, it would be at the initiative of the two Fellows.

Initially at SJSU, it was a singular commitment as far as developing a globally networked initiative--if it was on the horizon at all. Now that SUNY has announced a potential member supported website to support the ability of interested faculty to find and connect with global partners interested in COIL style course projects, it will be much easier to move forward with a GNC initiative.

Also, during the COIL grant timeline, SJSU was successful in winning a $1.1 million dollar grant to build online capacity with Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in Pakistan, with the COIL model of globally networked courses being featured prominently in the grant proposal deliverables.

It was more a singular commitment on the part of the participating faculty Fellow. Although I asked for a teaching assistant or teaching load reduction to my department chair, not only I was not able to get either of them until I got sick, but also I had to do additional duties due to the budget crisis and my Japanese program coordinator's sabbatical leave. Also, the Japanese program coordinator always asks me when I can get rid of this COIL project from his point of view as a Japanese program coordinator. Thus, I had been caught between the Dean (+COIL staffs) and the Chair and Program coordinator in my department. I hope that a new Chair of my department and a new Dean of my college will understand this COIL project well and make a substantial commitment.

At Japanese institutions, inter-institutional relationships are usually concluded only after inter-departmental relations have been in place a certain number of years. Inter-departmental relations occur after inter-faculty relations have been in place for several years. Therefore, it was the faculty element of the course that was aligned for this, initial course.

When the application was made, the administrations at both campuses seemed to be interested in having a commitment to developing globally networked programs. Now, the course itself feels like it might have been a singular commitment.

It was a singular mutual commitment to coordinated individual efforts.

It was a singular commitment, but we do see more interest now.

The interests are great, and there is strong institutional commitment. Although a clear plan to develop globally networked initiatives has not been articulated, many different efforts on campus are focused in this direction.

This was the first collaboration between Drs. Gupta-Carlson and Aragon.

Administrators have repeatedly asserted their support for globally networked learning and have supported me in this work personally on an ongoing basis.

From the ACTT perspective, my director was happy for me to participate in the COIL project as long as she did not see any negative effects on the level of teaching or engagement of the students. To this end I embarked on this journey as a singular commitment, though I hope to remain connected with both Mary, Jayne and COIL in the future.

Yes, both institutions have made substantial commitments at the administrative, teaching, and technology levels to keeping the global learning collaborations intact.  There is one in session right now and two more planned for fall 2013.  We are also looking to expand the classes with new faculty members and themes.

NU: We began with a singular commitment but are both very open to developing future programs/classes together.  This will be further discussed at the COIL conference in April.

Griffith: Fully second this opinion.