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Best Practices: Collaborative Online International Learning, The SUNY COIL Center and Kansai University

The SUNY (State University of New York) COIL Center has led the way in developing programs that connect SUNY faculty and students with their international partners through co-taught online learning environments. In the COIL model, students from different countries enroll in shared courses, with faculty from each institution co-teaching and managing coursework. The result is a co-equal team-taught learning environment that emphasizes experiential and collaborative student learning.

In 2014, Kansai University became the first Japanese COIL partner, introducing three types of COIL courses with SUNY campuses and other COIL partners worldwide. Both Kansai and the COIL Center see such courses as a key element in enhancing student mobility, facilitating language practice and creating connections that spur students to travel and that endure long after such travel occurs.

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See video on the SUNY-Kansai COIL collaboration.