What is COIL?
Through partnership between teachers from two or more universities in different countries, COIL is a learning and teaching methodology based on interaction and collaboration, through online technology.
A COIL course, module, or activity is specifically designed to use Internet-based tools to link students from distant geographic locations and from different cultural backgrounds. Students work in teams on tasks that facilitate the development of intercultural, communication and collaboration skills.
Different from online proposals such as webinars, MOOCs, online courses, COIL is framed within the teaching curriculum and requires an intentional design that facilitates and promotes interaction, collaboration and subsequent reflection.