COIL Workshop

SUNY COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Workshop

FEBRUARY 18th, 2020

Please register for the workshop at

Sponsor: CTLT

Organizers: Chiara De Santi (Modern Languages), Karen Gelles (Greenley Library)

Contacts: For further information, please contact Chiara De Santi at


This workshop will guide professors through an introduction to Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), also known as Virtual Exchange. COIL is a project-based methodology for providing students with collaboratively developed, co-taught intercultural learning experiences. Our colleagues from the SUNY COIL Center will lead attendees through activities and information to give you an idea of what is involved in implementing a COIL project in your existing courses.


11:00-1:00 – COIL introduction and workshop (Dr. Hauck, Dr. McCauley, and Dr. De Santi with an example done at Farmingdale) with lunch (CTLT room, Greenley Library, 2nd floor)

We strongly recommend that participants take a look at this Introduction to COIL:

11:00 – 11:30 – Icebreaker and Getting to Know Each Other Activity: At Your Best

11:30 – 12:15 – Whistle-stop tour of key COIL success factors

12:15 – 12:35 – Hands-on Activity: What Animal Are You?

12:35 – 12:55 – COIL at Farmingdale: Chiara De Santi

12:55 – 1:00 – Wrap-up 


Dr. Mirjam Hauck is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Languages at the Open University (OU)/UK where she has been investigating the use of technologies for the learning and teaching of languages and cultures for almost two decades. In her research and publications, she focuses on the interdependence between multimodal communicative competence and intercultural communicative competence in technology-mediated language learning and teaching, in Virtual Exchange (VE) contexts in particular. Most recently she has been exploring the development of critical digital literacies through VE.

Dr. Jan McCauley is the Assistant Director of the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning, which is a unit of the State University of New York’s Office of Global Affairs. Jan joined the COIL Center as Operations Coordinator in August 2016 after working closely with COIL for several years as a faculty member, campus coordinator, and professional development facilitator. She had previously served as an adjunct professor of Latin American History and Cultural Anthropology at SUNY Broome Community College since 2009. During her time at SUNY Broome she helped to launch the COIL Initiative on that campus, including developing and teaching her own collaborative COIL module with her faculty partner in Mexico City.