Collaborative Online International Learning

Virtual Intercultural Experiences

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) offers virtual learning experiences that connect students with their peers at home and around the world. These virtual exchange programs can be delivered in the classroom or through an individual project, and provide students an opportunity to gain intercultural knowledge through the learning process.

COIL involves an online partnership between two higher education institutions in different countries. The online learning experience is embedded in academic courses, co-developed and co-taught by two instructors based at different institutions and across disciplines, and is built around a collaborative project that works toward achieving equitable participation by all enrolled students from both countries. Students in these classes engage in a joint project over five to 10 weeks.

COIL gives students access to intercultural interactions and learning in an equitable and affordable way, ensuring they are prepared to succeed in the global marketplace as internationally informed and engaged citizens.


To learn more about collaborating with Ohio State on COIL projects, please contact:

Cindy Jiang, COIL coordinator, Office of International Affairs

Danielle Schoon, COIL fellow and instructor, Department of Sociology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures