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Category 2: Advancing Internationalization through Collaborative Online International Learning

December 30, 1899


This award will recognize institutions that have demonstrated an institutional vision for and commitment to enhancing curricular internationalization through the use of technology, specifically collaborative online international learning. Also known as globally networked learning, virtual exchange, virtual mobility, and telecollaboration, collaborative online international learning is an innovative approach to teaching and learning that provides faculty and students the ability to collaborate with peers internationally through the use of online communication tools. Institutions will need to demonstrate their capability and commitment to develop and implement globally networked courses that align with the model evolving at the SUNY COIL Center.

The SUNY COIL Center Model

The COIL approach to globally networked learning is to link a class at an American university with one at a university abroad. The individual classes may meet in a classroom, online or a blend of the two, but the collaborative work between the two groups takes place online. The COIL model promotes team-taught courses where faculty members work with peers at their partner institutions to deliver interactive shared coursework emphasizing experiential learning. Through engaging the perspectives of their global peers, the outcome for both faculty and students is a broader and more situated understanding of the course content and enhanced cross-cultural awareness.

Review additional information about COIL, its approach to internationalization, examples of past courses, and an FAQ for this award category here.


The most competitive entries will demonstrate the following:

  • The institution’s vision for enhancing internationalization through collaborative online international learning.
  • Evidence of the institution’s commitment to internationalization and emerging strategies for the use of technology to support these efforts.
  • Senior leadership commitment to the initiative including a description of resources that will be committed to supporting this effort.
  • Identification of two courses and faculty who are interested in and will collaboratively develop pilot courses with an international partner institution, to create a strong basis for a sustainable initiative.
  • Technology and Instructional Design support that will be made available for this initiative.
  • To the extent possible, the engagement of the applicant institution's International Programs staff who may build linkages to their existing study abroad and exchange programs to support intercultural learning. 
  • Evidence of an existing partnership with an international institution, or one that is in development, which will become the basis for the proposed collaborative courses.

Three institutions will be selected for this award. The award consists of recognition at the 2014 COIL Conference in NYC, taking place on March 20-21, and training and support from the SUNY COIL Center, in collaboration with ACE, to develop two collaborative online international pilot courses with partner institution(s) abroad.

The institutions’ Chief Academic Officer or the individual responsible for leading internationalization (e.g. Senior International Officer) will be invited to attend the COIL Conference. A $500 travel stipend per institution will be issued to support travel costs and the conference registration fee (approximately $325) will be waived.

For a period of up to 14 months following the 2014 COIL Conference, institutions will receive training and support from the SUNY COIL Center to launch the two pilot courses. This will include: an institutional needs assessment; a face-to-face training workshop; video conferences; as well as consultation for campus leadership, and support for faculty and staff, including international partners. This training and support package would be valued at approximately $16,000 as a COIL fee-for-service offering. Winning institutions will be invited to present on their experience and courses at the 2015 COIL Conference (late-March, exact date TBD), and case studies, which analyze the experience, will be developed and disseminated. 

Institutional Investment:

An institutional investment will help to ensure success and sustainability of these efforts. As such, winning institutions will be responsible for financing the following:

  • Travel costs above the $500 provided to attend the 2014 COIL Conference.
  • Costs for COIL and ACE staff (3 individuals) to travel to your institution for the site visit and face-to-face workshop.
  • Travel costs for international partners to join the on-campus training workshop (International partners may be asked to support their own travel).
  • Resources such as faculty stipends, course release or travel funds during course development and implementation.
  • Travel costs to attend the 2015 COIL Conference.

In addition to a financial commitment, institutional participants should plan for the following time demands in order to successfully implement a globally networked course. 

Approximate time expectations for participating faculty:

  • 15 hours of reading academic material related to globally networked learning during spring/summer 2014.
  • 2 days to attend workshops on campus during summer or fall 2014.
  • 12-15 hours to participate in online training and support.
  • 3-4 hours per week (over an approximately 8-week period) for collaborative course development and communications with other team members at the institution and with their international partner.

Approximate time expectations for participating instructional designers and/or international programs staff:

  • 10 hours of reading academic and non-academic material related to globally networked learning during the summer 2014.
  • 2 days to attend workshops on campus during summer or fall 2014.
  • 10 hours to participate in online training and support.
  • 2 hours per week (over an approximately 8-week period) to help develop and support the online and/or cross-cultural components of the course.

As ACE is the association that represents the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions including two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities, all ACE member institutions are encouraged to apply. Eligibility is limited to U.S. member institutions, with the recognition that international partner institutions are key to achieving the goals of using technology to internationalize and must be deeply engaged for these awards to fully bear fruit. All ACE members are invited to submit one proposal. You are not eligible to enter submissions in both categories.

Note for state systems: Only individual institutions are eligible to apply under this category. State systems should consider category 1.


Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 11, 2013.

Selection Process:  

A panel of experts in international education and information technology will review submissions to assist with the selection of winners. Winners will be notified by late January 2014 and will be presented their awards at COIL’s Annual Conference being held March 20-21, 2014 in New York, NY . Conference registration is waived and a $500 travel stipend per institution will be provided.

Any forthcoming award is made possible as the result of funding from Asahi Net, not ACE, and is therefore subject to the availability of funds. Moreover, this call for applications does not constitute an offer to contract nor does it create an obligation of any kind on the part of ACE. ACE assumes no liability for any costs or expenses incurred by you in preparing or modifying your proposal. 

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