Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources for UAlbany’s COIL Faculty

1. Develop Your Online Course Module


2. Book a COIL-Ready Classroom  


3. Meet Up Virtually

  • Invite your COIL partner & their students to join you on ZOOM for synchronous class sessions & student teamwork
  • On MS Teams, students can schedule their own meetings without guest users needing to log in
  • Students often connect for teamwork on What’s App or other applications, when permitted & accessible where they live
  • Questions to consider when choosing an online learning/communication platform (LMS, social app) with your COIL partner
    • How can we best balance our teaching goals with students’ learning styles & schedules?
    • How can we leverage the benefits of both synchronous & asynchronous activities to engage all students?
    • Who hosts the platform? One of the universities? Or should the platform and its host be neutral (new to both)?
    • Is the platform accessible? Is it free, low bandwidth, universally designed, & authorized for use by all students?
    • What communication features does the platform offer? Live transcription, translation tools…?
    • How is data privacy protected? Is it FERPA/GDPR compliant? Can students self-select, sign up via email, choose their names?

4. Safeguard All Students’ Privacy

  • Review all student data security guidelines applying to your university & COIL partner’s university (ex.: GDPR in the E.U.)
  • Measures in the U.S.A. include FERPA (the Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act)
  • Note how policies apply to virtual learning & any planned student photos or video capture

5. Onboard Students to COIL Activities

  • Contact [email protected] to code your course as COIL so that students can search for it on the Schedule of Classes
  • Consider these Best Practices to prepare students to COIL & set them up for success
    • Feature the COIL module prominently in your syllabus
    • Request a statement on Informed Consent from [email protected] (more resources coming soon on MS Teams!)
    • Award course credit for COIL activities; COIL should not be for extra credit
    • Provide rubrics, rewarding students for the process as much as the products of COIL
    • Offer a student orientation to COIL (what, why, how)
    • Solicit & respond to student feedback throughout the semester
    • First troubleshoot any communication & technology concerns with your COIL partner, then ask [email protected] for help