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Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Faculty Fellows Program at Baruch College 2017-2018

COIL Defined | Faculty Fellow Program Structure | Eligibility | Application Form


The Office of Global Initiatives at Baruch College is pleased to announce the launch of the Baruch College Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Faculty Fellows program. Working closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning and with support from the Baruch Technology and Computer Center (BCTC), the program will provide faculty support in the development of COIL-type courses. COIL is a term coined by the SUNY COIL Center to describe “the four essential dimensions of real virtual mobility: it is a collaborative exercise of teachers and students; it makes use of online technology and interaction; it has potential international dimensions; and it is integrated into the learning process.” The program is modeled on similar programs at the University of Washington at Bothell and Xavier University in Ohio.

In keeping with the Strategic Plan 2013-2018 goal to “Deepen Engagement with the World Outside the Campus,” the Office of Global Initiatives’ aim is to provide support for programs that will enhance students’ global engagement opportunities. The COIL Faculty Fellows program will allow a group of faculty members (approximately 5 in Year 1) to learn about Collaborative Online International Learning, develop strategies for incorporating it into their courses and ensuring that students on campus can interact virtually with students and faculty overseas to gain cross-cultural skills and develop a more global outlook.

The COIL Faculty Fellows program provides an option for faculty who want to add a global dimension to a current course or for those who want to build a new course with a foundation grounded in global engagement. COIL Faculty Fellows from all disciplines and all schools (Marxe, Weissman, Zicklin) are welcome to apply. Although many faculty members will automatically assume that only courses in the humanities and social sciences would provide a good fit for the COIL model, the SUNY COIL Center has documented several collaborations across disciplines, including the humanities, management and entrepreneurship.

COIL Defined

COIL, also referred to as globally networked learning and virtual exchange, is a teaching and learning paradigm that promotes the development of intercultural competence across shared multicultural learning environments. Through the use of Internet-based tools and innovative online pedagogies, COIL fosters meaningful exchanges between university-level teachers and students with peers in geographically distant locations and from different lingua-cultural backgrounds. Our method links a class at one institution with another at a college or university in another country or cultural setting. COIL enhanced courses are bi-lateral and team-taught by educators who collaborate to develop a shared syllabus that emphasizes experiential and collaborative student-centered learning. In most cases students are enrolled, charged tuition (if any), and awarded grades only at their home institution. While the COIL component takes place solely online, the individual courses may be fully online or, more often, are offered in blended formats with traditional face-to-face sessions taking place at both schools.

A key element of COIL is the development of intercultural communicative competence and it is important to note that interaction alone is not sufficient for developing this competence.

Intercultural competence must be intentionally addressed by the educators collaborating to develop the exchange in the way they design tasks and student learning outcomes. Although you may have international experience and consider yourself interculturally competent, as may your partner, this does not necessarily mean you have the knowledge and skills to translate these competences into tasks that will promote their development in your students.

Source: SUNY COIL Center: Guide for COIL Course Development

Faculty Fellows Program Structure

Interested Baruch College faculty will have the opportunity to be part of this new program’s initial cohort of approximately five (5) COIL Faculty Fellows starting in spring 2018. We will start accepting applications right after our launching event on October 12th during Online Learning Week at Baruch. Application deadline will be November 17th, 5pm.

The semester-long program will require:

1. Attendance at three Spring 2018 workshops tentatively scheduled on (exact time TBD) Fridays in:

  • Feb 16, 2018: What is COIL?; Identifying Partners + Collaboration Expectations (Timeframe: 2 hours). The goal of this workshop is to introduce COIL, establish goals for the fellows program and provide support/strategies in engaging overseas collaborators or strategies for identifying collaborators. For applicants without collaborators, the Office of Global Initiatives can assist with the identification of collaborators via current Baruch College partner universities and the World Cities World Class (WC2) University Network. The day workshop will also cover building international communicative competencies.
  • March 23, 2018: Syllabus Design + Student Group Projects (Timeframe: 3 hours). The goals of this workshop are to provide tools for incorporating COIL principles into syllabus design, as well as ways to plan and coordinate the joint projects that underpin the cross-cultural experience.
  • April 20, 2018: Platforms + Technology (Timeframe: 3 hours). The goal of this workshop is to introduce Fellows to a range of platforms and technology that could provide the foundation for exchanges with your overseas partner and students. A roundtable of tech tools will be provided in response to the needs that Fellows express prior to the workshop, as well as opportunities to try these tools.

2. Completion of assignments ahead of workshops to allow focused-time on workshop activities

3. Engagement/collaboration with an overseas faculty partner to co-develop a course

4. Integration of COIL principles into course syllabus during summer of 2018

5. Commitment to teach a “COIL-type” course in the 2018-2019 academic year

Faculty selected for the program will receive:

  1. Structured support via the workshops and informal support via the Office of Global Initiatives and the Center for Teaching & Learning. If requested, Fellows may be assigned a CTL liaison for additional support.
  2. Summer salary ($3,000) while revising course syllabi incorporating COIL components.
  3. Priority when applying to the Baruch Global/COIL Travel Grant Program. The Baruch Global/COIL Travel Grant Program will be aligned with the Baruch COIL Fellows program and provide travel funding for Baruch faculty traveling abroad to meet with COIL collaborators on ongoing course projects.


COIL Faculty Fellowships are open to any full-time Baruch College faculty members who plan to design a new COIL course or incorporate COIL principles into an existing course.

Prior Hybridization Faculty Fellows are encouraged to apply.

All applicants must commit to teaching a COIL course within the next academic year (2018-2019).

Application Form

Application Instructions: Please respond to the following questions by November 17th, 5pm. Cut and paste the following into an email message and submit to


Email Address


Name and number of course to adapt to COIL

Name of collaborator and university. If you don’t have a collaborator, please name the region/country or language preference.

Did you participate in the CTL Hybridization Seminar? If yes, please reference the year and the course(s) that you have hybridized.

Semester in which you plan to teach your COIL course: Fall 2018 or Spring 2019?

Proposal Statement (300 to 500 words): Please tell us about the course you’ve proposed as a COIL course. Describe the qualities that would make it a good choice for incorporating COIL principles.Describe how incorporating COIL would enhance your students’ cross-cultural engagement opportunities. Briefly describe a sample assignment or potential tools/technology that may be used.


Finalists will be contacted by email in order to arrange an informal meeting with the COIL Senior Faculty Fellow and the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives. COIL Faculty Fellows will be contacted by Denis Dyshko, Interim Assistant Director of Global Initiatives for the meeting. 

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