Sep 19, 2023

Ten instructors selected to participate in virtual exchange learning community

Ten Ohio State faculty and instructors have been selected to participate in the 2023 Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) community where they will design and integrate virtual global and intercultural learning experiences into general education and disciplinary curricula.

COIL, or virtual exchange, connects Ohio State’s faculty and students with diverse peers in international higher education institutions where they can engage in intercultural dialogue and meaningful collaboration. COIL projects range from team-taught courses between faculty at two different institutions, class-to-class interactions among students on a selected topic, shared collaboration projects between student groups from diverse cultural backgrounds, and virtual guest lectures. The COIL experience is designed with the goal of developing intercultural competence in students and building faculty networks internationally.

This is the third COIL virtual exchange learning community coordinated through a partnership between the Office of International Affairs and the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning. The cohort will meet regularly throughout autumn semester and explore how to design intercultural collaborative learning with international partners, develop intercultural learning outcomes, find resources for online learning and identify valid methods to measure outcomes.

The learning community is facilitated by Cindy Xinquan Jiang, senior research associate, and Danielle Schoon, COIL fellow, with the Office of International Affairs. Instructors from international partner institutions including UNIMINUTO (Colombia) and UNESP (Brazil) also will participate in the learning community to collaborate and co-create COIL virtual exchange projects.

The 2023 COIL learning community includes:

  • Geri Atanassova, associate professor of teaching, Department of Near Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Stephanie Aubry, assistant professor of teaching, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Aelim Kim, graduate teaching associate, Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy
  • Viktoriia Kim, lecturer, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
  • Gala Korniyenko, lecturer, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Monika Major, Spanish instructor, Ohio State Lima
  • Anne Mutidjo, associated faculty in French, Department of French and Italian
  • Lucille Toth, assistant professor in French, Ohio State Newark
  • Cherish Vance, instructor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Jim Weeks, senior lecturer in history, Ohio State Newark