On 13 December 2018, KnowVU organises a meeting on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).
COIL offers a way for groups of students from different countries to work together in courses within a particular study program. Collaboration could be by two groups from two countries, mixed groups from different countries but it could also be much more extensive. The intention is that the groups stay “at home” and collaborate at a distance. It is a form of virtual exchange.
Topic of a COIL course could be a particular societal problem that needs to be analyzed from different (cultural) perspectives, a course with expert input from different institutions, a course to solve a particular multidisciplinary problem etc.
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Université Grenoble Alps (UGA)) are working towards a pilot for this virtual exchange. The Department of Sociology of the VU aims to develop a first COIL course in the 1st or 2nd semester of 2019 with Sociology or English language students at Université Grenoble Alpes.
In the meeting on 13 December, the teachers of the VU and UGA will meet to discuss the possibilities. They ask the wider community of the VU to participate in their efforts to think about course set-ups and topics that students could work on.
The meeting will start with a presentation of Simone Hacket of the Hague University of Applied Science who has hands-on experience with COIL. After the presentation, VU and UGA will present their preliminary ideas. Following that, participants of the meeting are invited to co-create with them and think of ways how to develop similar virtual exchanges themselves.
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