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Call for Proposals: Faculty Curriculum Development Awards to Connect Carolina Classrooms with the World

September 3, 2020
UNC Global Affairs
The Old Well. Located on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Old Well located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, with support from the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, is opening a call for additional proposals from faculty members interested in participating in the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative.

This initiative supports the incorporation of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activities into Carolina courses, and funding will be distributed as Curriculum Development Awards for COIL, with an option for faculty to seek support for a graduate student assistant as well. These awards are part of a pilot program designed to provide students with a global education and to develop international education programming that is inclusive by design.

COIL is a flexible pedagogical approach that allows instructors to partner together to develop collaborative courses or course units even across disciplines. Activities support already established course objectives while also enabling students to examine topics from varied cultural and societal perspectives. Examples of activities include shared readings, small group discussions and group projects. Student collaboration may be synchronous or asynchronous, as long as the technology used to connect students supports the goals for student learning. The first cohort of award recipients are teaching courses for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Education and Kenan-Flagler Business School; they are partnering with faculty at ten partner universities in eight countries.

Selected faculty will receive a $2,500 curriculum development award. If requested at the time of application, faculty can also receive an additional $1,500 for graduate student support for implementation of the COIL activities during the first semester in which the course is taught.

The fall deadline to apply is October 15. Undergraduate and graduate level courses are eligible. More information about the application process is on the Funding to Connect Carolina Classrooms with the World web page on the UNC Global website.

Faculty members who would like assistance identifying a peer at one of UNC-Chapel Hill’s strategic or key partners should contact Katie Bowler Young, director of Global Relations,

Faculty COIL Workshop, October 5

Interested UNC-Chapel Hill faculty from any school or college are encouraged to learn more about the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative by registering for the Faculty COIL Workshop from 3:45-5 p.m. on Monday, October 5. This Zoom workshop will include an introduction to COIL, program development resources, breakout discussions and details about Curriculum Development Awards for COIL. The featured speaker is Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, faculty director of the Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning and associate professor in the Department of Classics and Modern Languages at Xavier University. Ceo-DiFrancesco is a leader in COIL development. Registration is required.

Additional Information

View current COIL courses offered by faculty in the 2020-21 academic year. For additional info, please contact Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations,, or Heather Ward, associate dean of study abroad and international exchanges,

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