Tools and Resources
Tools and Resources for UAlbany’s COIL Faculty
1. Develop Your Online Course Module
- Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) determine course Activities, which, in turn, shape the choice of teaching & learning Technology
- Submit a “COIL course” help request with the ITS Service Desk (Information Technology Services)
- COIL Co-Coordinator Dr. Sharon Hope ([email protected]) consults on activities & technology, LMS access, & universal design
- Teaching and Learning services: Academic Technology & Support, Instructional Technology & Design, & Learning Management
- Participate in an ITLAL (Institute for Teaching, Learning, & Academic Leadership) workshop &/or consultation
- Find OER (Open Educational Resources) in the University Libraries
- Get connected at [email protected]
- Benefit from SUNY COIL Center webinars & professional development workshops
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