U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative Section 1 ContentThe U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative aims to expand higher education ties between the United States and Japan. Using widely available technology, students and faculty in the two countries will work together for shared teaching and learning by applying the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) method. The Initiative is designed to strengthen existing ties between U.S. and Japanese higher education institutions and generate new partnerships by introducing this mode of virtual collaboration.The American Council on Education (ACE) administered a competitive process for selecting six U.S. colleges and universities to develop, deliver, and assess one or more COIL courses with Japanese partner institutions. Section 1 Content Left Section 1 Content Right What is COIL? Section 2 ContentThe COIL method—also referred to as virtual exchange—is a cost-effective, accessible, and scalable method of expanding global learning opportunities for greater numbers of U.S. higher education students. COIL is an innovative pedagogy involving collaborative teaching and learning in two or more countries facilitated by online communication that has been developed and promoted by the State University of New York (SUNY) COIL Center. For over a decade, ACE has recognized the COIL model as a cost-effective, accessible method for delivering global learning and intercultural experience to greater numbers of U.S. students, particularly the 90 percent of U.S. undergraduates who do not participate in education abroad.Faculty from U.S. institutions selected for the U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative will collaborate with their Japanese counterpart to develop a joint syllabus, and students in the two countries will then work together to complete assignments that meet shared learning objectives. Section 2 Content Left Section 2 Content Right Sponsors Section 3 ContentThe U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative is a two-year (2018–19) pilot program supported through a grant from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo and coordinated in partnership with Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). Section 3 Content Left Section 3 Content Right Resources Section 4 Content Section 4 Content Left Section 4 Content Right Publication This installment of Internationalization in Action discusses the rationale, practical considerations, benefits, and challenges of initiating a new Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program. Download Publication Connecting Classrooms Using Online Technology to Deliver Global Learning Publication The American Council on Education is pleased to announce the winners of an awards program that recognizes innovation in the use of technology to enhance the international learning of undergraduates at U.S. colleges and universities. Download Publication Bringing the World Into The Classroom Connect With Us Section 5 Content Section 5 Content Left Section 5 Content Right Section 6 Content Section 6 Content Left Section 6 Content Right Button Content Rail Content 1 COIL in the News Learning Across Cultures, with Help from TechnologyInside Higher Ed | November 14, 2019 Online Learning Bridges U.S.-Japan Higher Education American Council on Education | November 5, 2018 ACE Selects Six U.S. Institutions to Partner with Japan American Council on Education | August 30, 2018 Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related Press Release November 16, 2023 ACE and IIE announced a new partnership to co-design programmatic offerings that will address escalating challenges in higher education internationalization and serve the evolving internationalization needs of diverse higher education institutions. 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