Collaborative Online International Learning

University at Albany
Connecting Across Nations via
Collaborative Online International Learning

COIL, SUNY's flagship model of virtual exchange, transforms face-to-face and online learning through project-based learning on global teams.

COIL is an integral part of the University at Albany's success story and Strategic Plan, particularly in relation to inclusive student excellence and UAlbany as an engine of opportunity.

COIL students and professors from two or more countries and universities engage one another, as well as engage their diversity, equity, and inclusion via intercultural dialogue, teamwork, and reflection, their 21st global skills development via innovating responses to real-world problems, and their internationalization via digitization and professional networking.

According to Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Debernee Privott, "COIL provides a unique and highly effective vehicle to cross boundaries without a ship or airplane, particularly as we are challenged with using these resources during the pandemic."
(see COIL featured on page 9 of The University at Albany's 2020-2021 Annual Report: New Pathways to the Future)

Click here to view our UAlbany Faculty CAN COIL video

Please click on the COIL Site Map links at the top of this webpage or the links below to learn more:
About COIL | Getting Started | UAlbany COIL Courses | Tools and Resources
Information for Students | Student Testimonials and Reviews | Contact Your UAlbany COIL Coordinator

 Please see below for news stories on UAlbany embracing its global community and future via COIL.

What are UAlbany COIL faculty and students doing now?

Dr. Dominik Hammer

SEAChange November Brown Bag – Dr. Dominik Hammer, Wed Nov. 9, 12-1 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (November 9, 2022) — The November Brown Bag presented by SEAChange will be a talk by Dr. Dominik Hammer, professor of International Management and Business Administration and the Vice Dean of International Affairs at Munich University of Applied Science. Dr. Hammer will be talking about lessons learned from his leadership journey. This topic would be most relevant to students in leadership courses and business management programs as well as in international education. Click for more info & RSVP!

Dr. Diane Dewar, UAlbany Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior

SPH Partners with Italy and Colombia to Provide International Perspectives on COVID-19
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 4, 2022) — Diane Dewar, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior at the University at Albany School of Public Health (SPH), has been working this semester with Ca' Foscari University in Italy and CES University in Colombia to conduct two separate Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) experiences. Through these experiences, SPH students are interacting with health economics students in Italy and medical students in Colombia to learn more about cultural and health system comparisons as they pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chancellor's Award winners are, clockwise from top left: Julie Jasewicz , Habib Affinnih, Christian Vitek, Haisha Famuyide, Kayleigh Ross, Kevin Thomas, Kavipriya Kovai Palanivel and Maxim Couillard.

Eight Honored with SUNY Chancellor’s Awards
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 19, 2022) — Eight outstanding UAlbany students will be honored Tuesday with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, which is the highest award SUNY bestows. Chancellor’s Award winners are selected for outstanding achievements in academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service and the arts. Julie Jasewicz is graduating with high honors, Global Distinction (studying abroad with DIS in Copenhagen, Denmark), an International Studies Minor, and from the Honors College. And Christian Vitek is a proud COIL and UAS7 Virtual Academy alum (Leadership course taught by Dr. Martha Asselin) and is currently on Semester in Washington!

Two women sitting and smiling having a conversationA Commitment to Global Education
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 15, 2020) – While many School of Public Health students typically participate in international programs during the summer session, this year looks a little different due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, right from their homes, students are able to continue their globally-focused learning with innovative programming such as the SUNY COIL Global Commons Program.

Deb Privott sitting at a deskDeb Privott to be Rewarded for Her Long Testimony of Service to Community
ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 10, 2022) — Debernee (Deb) Privott is not sure if her parents knew how closely she was watching them as a girl when they attended to community needs in the United States and overseas, including two years in the Philippines.“Their community work made up some of my best memories; and I’ve been deeply involved with service since that time,” she said. She described her father, who worked for the U.S. federal government, and mother as "educators in their souls, and they believe in ‘heart work.’”

UAlbany faculty are collaborating with international partners on COIL activities.

Center for Global Health Collaborates with Colombian Partner University to Deliver Remote Course on Global Health
Dr. Alvaro Carrascal, an affiliated faculty member at the UAlbany Center for Global Health, and Professor Jeancarlo Cordoba, a faculty member at the University of Costa Rica School of Public Health and a current DrPH student at UAlbany, recently collaborated with colleagues at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia to deliver an eight-hour synchronous online short-course on global health for Master of Public Health (MPH) students taking an international health class with a focus on COVID-19 pandemic and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

UAlbany faculty are collaborating with international partners on COIL activities.

UAlbany Faculty Keep Internationalization at the Forefront
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 1, 2021) – Despite the restrictions of the pandemic, University at Albany faculty are finding creative ways to work with valued international partners to further UAlbany’s strategic goal of internationalization.Five faculty are teaching classes this spring in which their UAlbany students partner with students at universities in Germany on project-based learning on global teams.These are called COIL activities, for Collaborative Online International Learning, an ongoing initiative of the State University of New York.

Learn more about UAlbany's engagement on the UAS7 Virtual Academy!

 Dr. Gilbert Valverde, Vice Provost and Dean of the Center for International Education and Global Strategy

Virtual Academy Spotlight Hochschule München: Leadership project welcomes guest speakers from both sides of the Atlantic
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 15, 2021) – As part of the UAS7 Virtual Academy pilot phase Dominik Hammer of Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences (HM) and Martha Asselin of the University at Albany (UAlbany) are co-teaching a virtual course on interdisciplinary leadership with a focus on decision-making processes in crisis situations. On April 7, the transatlantic class was joined by high-ranking experts of both institutions who shared valuable insights into their own leadership experience in crisis situations.

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UAS7 Virtual Academy
The UAS7 Virtual Academy brings together students from Germany and the US in virtual and blended mobility formats. In its pilot phase, starting November 2020, nine transatlantic projects in six disciplines will lay the foundations for a future digital collaboration format to be expanded over the coming months and years.

Berlin School of Economics, UAS7 Member instiution

Project Overview
In its pilot phase, starting November 2020, nine transatlantic projects will lay the foundations for the future UAS7 Virtual Academy. Students from six disciplines at four UAS7 and three SUNY schools will strengthen their intercultural, social and digital skills through collaborative learning. Projects take the form of virtual lectures, workshops or blended mobility - with physical mobility phases integrated where possible.