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This section of the UMD COIL site is designed to give 1) a brief overview of different forms of support available to UMD faculty involved in co-development projects and 2) a longer list of resources and details on services related to co-developing COIL courses and modules.

1. Overview of Support at UMD:

  • International Programs and Services (IPS): IPS provides institutional support for COIL at UMD, maintains this website, and contributes to partnership forming initiatives.  For more information on IPS's role supporting COIL at UMD, contact Chris Haidos.
  • UMD COIL Fellow: We do not have an active COIL Fellow this semester.  Feel free to contact Dan Nolan (dnolan (at) with any questions.
  • ITSS: ITSS provides support for COIL at UMD in a number of important ways: including COIL Consultations by Educational Technologists, support in the use of active learning classrooms, and support in the Media Hub.  Find details and specific links to these services in the resources listed below.   
  • COIL Cohort: Join the system wide COIL Cohort program to learn from colleagues across all system campuses. 

In addition to providing a brief overview of support roles for COIL at UMD, this section of the site is designed to help practitioners find other resources that can help in the co-development process. Most of the resources linked below have been gathered together by fellow practitioners. Thanks to those who've contributed.

2. List of Resources

Faculty Guides

The SUNY Faculty Guide for Collaborative Online International Learning - (5th edition, pdf available upon request) Developed by the SUNY COIL Center, this guide comprises some of the best advice available for several stages of the co-development process.  This guide is well-suited for faculty who would like to read an extensive account of the different parts of COIL curriculum development.  The guide can also be adapted for implementation use with a partner.  See also SUNY's suggestions for getting started with COIL course and module co-development.

 PDF iconThe COIL Workbook was developed at the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.  The workbook is well-suited for use with a COIL partner and can be used to guide partners through the co-development process.  The content is focused on concerns that you will encounter during both initial stages of co-development and covers some aspects related to technology concerns, student assessment and community building.  The workbook is an excellent resource and leaves partners space to engage while articulating individual steps of COIL curricular projects.  Thanks to all those at CEHD who contributed!

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance faculty guide is hosted by  at the Great Lakes Colleges Association.  This guide is based on the work done by the SUNY COIL Center, but is shorter and provides some valuable tables for partners to fill out during co-development.

PDF iconInternationalization in Action - ACE Special Edition - Connecting Classrooms: Using Online Technology to Deliver Global Learning
"This installment of Internationalization in Action discusses the rationale, practical considerations, benefits, and challenges of initiating a new COIL program, drawing on the experience of institutions that participated in the ACE-COIL Center Internationalization Through Technology Awards Program, and identifies a number of other approaches in the emerging  field of virtual exchange in higher education." -By Heather Ward

This brief worksheet was developed by the University of Washington Bothell.  It covers the basic framing questions that should be jointly considered at the outset of a CIL project.

Panel Discussion

A recent panel discussion at UMD on COIL best practices, review of 2016 COIL Conference and introduction to the COIL Workbook (above):

Part I:

Part II:

Assessing Intercultural Awareness

Tools for Assessing Intercultural and Global Competence, a list maintained by the University of Michigan's Center for Research on Teaching and Learning

An International Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning Evaluation Toolkit, developed by faculty at SUNY

ITSS Support for COIL Projects at UMD

ITSS at UMD provides valuable support for COIL projects.  When you're looking to get started with COIL related work, consider sending an email to the Education Technologists support team ( to request a COIL Consolation.

UMD Educational Technologists: The ITSS Educational Technologists (Ed Techs) are available at no cost to help faculty and instructional staff design teaching and learning materials and align appropriate digital resources and tools to support learning goals. Educational Technologists work closely with local and system-wide partners. Review the UMD Educational Technology Support Model for more information.

UMN Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS): ATSS engages the University community in the integration of academic technologies into educational practice through course production, support for teaching with technology, and investigation of emerging technologies.  For example, here are two step-by-step guides developed by ITSS and ATSS to help students through online collaborative processes:
  - How to Share an unlisted video on YouTube how to share a video with a partner privately using Youtube.
  - How to Import a video into VideoAnt and annotate it How to import a video into VideoAnt and annotate it., which provides online training (click here for a list of courses) through the Office of Technology Training

Active Learning Classrooms @ UMD, where you can explore active, inquiry-based, participatory and collaborative learning

Commonly used videoconferencing tools include Google Hangouts and WebEx (supported by UMN)

Accessible U, on using appropriately accessible tech-enhanced teaching methods and developing online tools and resources that ensure accessibility

The Multimedia Hub, where you can find all the tools, equipment and gadgets your students will need to produce engaging digital projects and share their discoveries, experiences, and insights with peer partners from around the world

Open Educational Resources

The Open Textbook Library


The University's Digital Conservancy

The Directory of Open Access Journals

The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning at the University of Texas at Austin

Other Resources

Ten Tips for Improving Videoconferences

Possible Learning Technologies for COIL Courses

How COIL contributes to the Internationalization of our University System (workshop: part 1; part2)

The Instructional Development Small Grant Program

The Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Faculty Cohort Program

A brief video on COIL hosted at Florida International University

"The Second Time Around" presentation on an example COIL course on Women in the Workplace

Recent Plenary Session at the 2016 COIL Conference

The Good, the Bad and the New! COIL-ing Over Time, a presentation at the 2016 COIL Conference