Collaborative Online International Learning

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) connects students and professors from different institutions in different countries for collaborative projects. Conducted entirely online, a COIL project is embedded in an accredited course a professor is already teaching. Projects are typically three to 15 weeks long.

Why do a COIL?

COIL offers post-secondary institutions a cost-effective way to engage students and professors globally. Through a COIL project, students and professors who are unable to travel to other countries for traditional international opportunities can still have an international experience.

Why participate in COIL with Douglas College?

  • Gain professional development and networking opportunities that can lead to further international experiences. 
  • Reconnect with instructors that you’ve developed personal connections with. 
  • Choose from a wide breadth of courses. All courses except Continuing Education courses are eligible for COIL.

Some examples of COIL projects that have been successfully completed with Douglas College include:

Hazel Fairbairn connected with a professor from Rwanda Music School to combine the strong music theory background at Douglas College with the strong rehearsal and performing background at Rwanda Music School. Together, the students created and produced music tracks in PEFA 1239: Career Development for Musicians II.

Janice Sestan connected with a professor in Kyoto, Japan. Their students worked together on project that showcased their sense of belonging to a global community and their roles in promoting social justice, sustainability and human rights in Global Citizenship 1101.

Read Janice's story

Graham Rodwell connected with professors in the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Finland. This collaboration helped Graham create more personable content for his class, which resulted in more engaged students in SOSC 3140: Organizational Theory and Design.

  • Aurora Faundo reconnected with her colleague in the Philippines. Their classes discussed human resources practices in an international context in BUSN 3350: Human Resource Management. 
  • Both instructors invited guest lecturers to speak to students in both institutions. 

Interested in partnering?

If you are interested in partnering with Douglas College for a COIL project, please email with your project ideas and area you would like to collaborate in.