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 continued expansion of practice, and growth of research on the COIL model across institutions, this year's conference will explore paths through which COIL is reaching new audiences, new regions, and new networks.
*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 250+ 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.
Call for Presentations - Submission deadline: January 20, 2015
This Year's Conference Topics and Themes for our International CFP include:
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. More details can be found on the CFP page.
Partnerships are at the heart of the COIL model. The conference includes a number of 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.
The COIL Center has arranged special rates at three conveniently located hotels for attendees at rates below the federal per diem for NYC. More information can be found on our accomodations page.
Conference Venue - The SUNY Global Center
The SUNY 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.
Conference Sponsorship Opportunity
We are pleased to offer the opportunity to partner with SUNY COIL Center as a conference sponsor. More details on sponsorship levels and benefits can be found on the sponsorship page.