Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) at Georgia State
The Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative at Georgia State, also referred to as globally networked learning or 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 teachers and students with peers in geographically distant locations and from different lingua-cultural backgrounds.
COIL collaborations range from a shared discussion to a co-taught course. Whether a short-term project or a long-term collaboration, the exchange of cultures, backgrounds, languages, and experiences enhances the learning experience for our students. COIL promotes the development of intercultural communicative competence in our university community and is an essential element in the development of globally competitive students.