Professional Development Program

Overview and Timeline


One of the primary goals of SUNY’s Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is to encourage and support the development of course-based partnerships between SUNY campuses and higher education institutions in other countries.

The COIL Center has created an online professional development program to support selected faculty as they co-design and develop courses which emphasize experiential and collaborative student learning.  Developing a COIL course involves attentive planning with a partner teacher and institution on various aspects of designing the learning environment and coordinating collaborative work.  For more information, see the various course examples and case studies that have been documented about previous COIL-enhanced course modules.  

These may also serve as a basis for the creation of long-term sustainable international partnerships between the participant campuses. We welcome faculty from any discipline into these programs as COIL collaborations often lend themselves well to interdisciplinary partnerships.

Below is a general timeline for the COIL Center's professional development program.


Fall Academy

To Teach a Spring Semester COIL Course

Spring Academy 

To Teach a Fall Semester COIL Course

Phase 1:
Partnership Development

Work with the COIL Center on identifying a partner


Participate in Online COIL Course Orientation

Before September

Before February


Finding and Establishing a Partnership

Deadline: Early October

Deadline: Early February


Continued Partnership Development

Continuous once partnership is established.

Phase 2:
Academy for COIL Course Development

Develop your pilot course with your partner and support of the COIL Center.


Attend in-person Academy Kick Off Workshop

Early October

Day before or after the COIL Conference (Date TBA)


Participate in Online Academy for COIL Course Development





Continued Course Development

November until course/module begins

May until course/module begins


Phase 3:

Course Implementation

Pilot your course; analyze the impact of this course on your teaching and your students.


Course Implementation

Period during the fall semester

Period during the spring semester


Course Evaluation