Academic Connections Worldwide

2016 COIL Training Workshop

Implementing Project-Based International Collaboration
Within Your Course or Program


Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), also known as virtual exchange or globally networked learning, is an innovative pedagogy that can deepen the global engagement of students locally, utilizing technology to link university classes in different countries. Using various online tools, students complete shared assignments and projects, with faculty members from each country co-teaching and managing coursework. To see examples of COIL courses in the works across the UW curriculum please visit the UW COIL Initiative website.

Workshop Details

During this intensive hands-on workshop, instructors, learning technologists and international program administrators will develop COIL components to be implemented into their courses or programs.

Participants will:

  • become familiar with the key components of COIL and the variety of ways the pedagogy can be implemented;
  • practice using specific technology tools as a teacher and learner;
  • develop a draft plan for embedding a COIL module into their course or program.

No prior experience or international connections are required. Participants are invited to bring a syllabus or a program description to work on.

Schedule at a Glance 

8:30 am                Check-in

9:00 am                Welcome, Overview

9:10 am                Who? Introductions, course ideas, challenges

9:45 am                What? Examples of what COIL is and is not,
                             presented by UW COIL Fellows

11:00 am               Coffee break

11:15 am               Why? Learning objectives

noon                      Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm                 How? Technology tools hands-on practice

2:15 pm                 Small group discussions

3:00 pm                 How? COIL activities and assignments

4:00 pm                 Closing

4:30 pm                 Adjourn

Workshop Facilitators

The workshop will be facilitated by a team of faculty and administrators associated with the UW COIL Initiative.

Greg Tuke headshotGreg Tuke, the lead facilitator, has taught COIL courses and led COIL faculty development trainings for the past decade in Seattle’s K-12 schools, Seattle University, the University of Washington, and, most recently, at various public and private universities in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow. He currently teaches Social Media and Social Change courses at UW Bothell, with a focus on using social media and international video conferencing to enhance cross-cultural teamwork and problem-solving. He also leads Tuke International Consulting, providing COIL training workshops to faculty in the US and abroad, highlighting strategies for embedding virtual exchanges and international collaborations within university courses. 

Greg will be joined by Colleen Carmean, Assistant Chancellor for Academic Technologies & Institutional Research at UW Tacoma; Ursula Valdez, Lecturer in the UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and former International Collaborations Facilitator; Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives at UW Bothell; and several UW COIL Fellows, faculty who have implemented COIL courses.


The price includes conference materials and programming, parking, continental breakfast and lunch.

Regular registration through Friday, October 28: $125*
* $132.87 with tax and Eventbrite service fee 

Sponsored registration is available for participants from the following partners:

  • UW Bothell School of Educational Studies
  • UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • UW Bothell School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • UW Bothell School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • UW Seattle College of Arts and Sciences
  • UW Seattle Jackson School of International Studies
  • UW Seattle Center for Global Studies, Jackson School of International Studies
  • UW Tacoma

Faculty from sponsored schools, please contact Anna Jansen to receive a special discount code, or (425) 352 - 3667.

No longer refunding cancelations as of October 26, 2016. Please email Anna Jansen, if you have any questions.

Local Accommodation

Out-of-town guests may choose to stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson. The hotel, located at 19333 North Creek Parkway in Bothell, is within walking distance to campus. A free local shuttle is also available. To book with Country Inn & Suites By Carlson:

1)   Call Toll-free at 800-456-4000, specify Bothell WA and reference University of Washington rate.

2)    Online at the hotel's website, select arrival and departure dates, click on more search options, then type in the code 21104.

The University of Washington rate is $114.00 plus 12.4% tax and includes a full breakfast buffet.

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Reading Materials

Resources for COIL Course Development


Virtual Exchange: Connected Learning in the Digital Age. IIE Networker, Fall 2016.


“Initiating and Sustaining University-Wide COIL Programs: Steps to Success” by Natalia Dyba, Keiko Ikeda and Jon Rubin. IIE Networker, Fall 2016.


"Classrooms without borders". UW Innovators Among Us, October 1, 2015. 


"Virtual Study Abroad" by Alexandra Vollman. INSIGHT Into Diversity, June 2015.


"Teaching with Tech Across Borders" by Elizabeth Redden. Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2014.


"New Windows on the World" by Christopher Connell. NAFSA International Educator, May/June 2014.