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Connecting Institutions through COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning)

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) offers low-cost opportunities for students and instructors to connect with students and instructors in another country. COIL courses use various modalities of synchronous and asynchronous communication to promote dialogue, challenge stereotypes, and foster friendships. They teach digital proficiency as well as discipline-specific content and research methods. This roundtable will showcase a few examples of successful COIL partnerships involving African institutions. There will be time for candid discussion of the challenges posed by this increasingly popular pedagogy. The co-chairs will describe their own experiences creating a new COIL partnership between University of Abuja and Queens College, CUNY. Attendees will be invited to pick up some information on COIL and to discuss COIL courses they have created involving African institutions.

Dr. Tochukwu Okeke and Dr. Grace Davie wish to invite additional co-chairs to help lead this roundtable discussion. As we are both historians, we welcome COIL instructors who can discuss courses involving other disciplines. For more information, contact grace.davie@qc.cuny.edu by March 15.