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SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Conference

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Apr 25 2016
Apr 26 2016
America/New York

The SUNY COIL Center's annual conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together 250+ professors, international programs staff, instructional technologists and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world, to share innovative models and best practices. The year's conference agenda will include sessions from both invited speakers, as well as those resulting from the international call for presentations.

By reimagining education as a networked phenomenon, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) provides co-taught learning environments in which students gain valuable cross-cultural competence and experience collaborative engagement with international peers. With continued expansion of practice and growth of research on the COIL model across institutions, this year's conference will explore paths through which COIL is reaching new audiences, new regions and new networks.

COIL is used to refer to pedagogical activities using technology to link classrooms and students in geographically distant locations through coursework. Other terms describing such activities include globally networked learning, telecollaboration, online intercultural exchange, virtual exchange, virtual mobility and Exchange 2.0.

2016 COIL Conference Themes and Topics

  • What Changes Hath Time Wrought? Reflections on COIL Initiatives/Courses Over the Years
  • What Does the Next Decade Hold for COIL?
  • Lessons Learnt from Growing, Embedding and Sustaining COIL
  • Student Perspectives and Voices from COIL Exchanges and Experiences (accepted students will be offered complimentary conference registration)
  • COILing for Employability: Teaching and Learning 21st Century skills
  • Increasing the Impact: Global Citizenship and Social Justice through COIL
  • Researching COIL: Theoretical Frameworks and Methodological Approaches
  • Fostering, Assessing and Evaluating Competences in COIL-enhanced Courses
  • Critical Incidents, Meltdowns and Teachable Moments in COIL-enhanced Courses
  • COIL Anything: Engaging New Disciplines and Inter-Disciplines
  • Bottom-Up or Top-Down: The Shape and Evolution of COIL Campus Initiatives. What Works?
  • COIL, Virtual Exchange and Telecollaboration: Lessons Learnt and Evolving Practices
  • Instructional Designers, International Programs and other Support in the Success of COIL
  • COIL as a Vector for Increased Participation in Study Abroad and Internationalization Initiatives
  • Making Pedagogically Informed Choices About Educational Technology in COIL

Call for Presentations

We invite proposals that broadly support this year's conference themes for presentations based upon research and/or reflective practice in a range of formats. Joint proposals, including those that represent the collaboration of inter- or intra- departmental and/or institutional teams, those which are designed to foster significant audience participation, or panels which bring in student perspectives, are particularly encouraged. Possible presentation types include:

  • Panel Presentations
  • Individual Presentations
  • Working Group Roundtable Discussions
  • Mini-Workshops and Hands-on Demos
  • Pre-conference Workshops

Any session can be designed to include remote presenters via videoconference or other technologies. Be creative in proposing presentation formats, as alternative and innovative formats are highly encouraged.

Proposals are due February 8, 2016.

Detailed information and requirements for the CFP can be found on the conference website.

Conference Registration and Hotel Information

Please join us for an engaging and lively series of presentations and discussions on international online learning environments. The 2011-2015 COIL Conferences filled to capacity. We recommend registering early to avoid disappointment. Early bird registration rates end February 29, 2016. Please visit to register.

Note: In addition to check, credit cards and other forms of payment, registrants from SUNY member campuses can use CPD Training Points.

The COIL Center is arranging special hotel rates for attendees at locations convenient to the event which will be announced in January.

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Using SUNY CPD Points at SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Center for Professional Development “points” for SUNY Empire State College are managed by the Center for Mentoring and Learning.  When SUNY Empire faculty and staff select “CPD points” as the method of payment for an event or a course, use of these points requires approval by CML; points are available on a first come, first served basis.  If the annual points allotted to the college have been exhausted, the individual’s home center/office will be responsible for payment.  Please note that registration confirmation does not validate the use of CPD points; official approvals/denials of the use of points are sent to the individual by CML via email.  Associated travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the individual’s center/office. For more information about CPD points, please visit

Conference Date: 
Apr 25 2016 - Apr 26 2016
Application/Proposal Deadline: 
Feb 8 2016
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave., NYC
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