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Funding to Connect Carolina Classrooms with the World

Through the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative, the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs is offering Curriculum Development Awards for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) as one of three approaches to develop global education opportunities that are inclusive by design. These awards support Carolina faculty members interested in working with a colleague at an international partner institution to develop collaborative activities for students in their regularly scheduled courses. Faculty can also request funds to hire a graduate student teaching assistant in the first semester in which the course is taught, to provide support in the development or implementation of COIL activities.

Faculty members can apply to work with a colleague from any international partner institution. Faculty members who would like assistance to identify a peer at one of UNC-Chapel Hill’s strategic or key partners should contact Katie Bowler Young, interim senior director for Global Partnership and Programs, kby@unc.edu.

Faculty members will design collaborative projects or assignments to virtually connect students from the courses at each institution over a period of at least three weeks. COIL activities should support regular 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.  

COIL courses are eligible to fulfill the Experiential Education requirement in the Making Ideas General Education curriculum or the High Impact requirement in the new IDEAs in Action General Education curriculum. To qualify, the course must include a minimum of 30 hours of connection with students at the partner institution and require a reflective essay or project about the COIL components. 

Curriculum Development Awards for COIL are supported by the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, the unrestricted pan-University, fund that supports Carolina’s top global priorities. 

Award Information

  • Faculty recipients receive an award of $2,500. Award funds are disbursed as an overload payment in compensation for time developing and implementing COIL activities.
  • In the application, faculty can request $1,500 award for a graduate student teaching assistant (student does not need to be identified at time of application).
  • The course must be taught within two semesters of the award date. 

Application Deadlines and Instructions

  • Application deadlines for 2020-2021 are October 15, 2020 (for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 courses) and March 15, 2021 (for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 courses). 
  • Faculty should complete the Curriculum Development Award Application Form. 
  • Faculty should indicate on the application form if seeking support for a graduate student TA. 

Eligibility

  • Faculty must be full-time employees from any UNC-Chapel Hill college or school (if course is co-taught, award will be split between the faculty members).
  • Courses can be at the undergraduate or graduate level. 
  • If faculty are applying for student support, the selected student must be a full-time, degree-seeking student at the graduate level. 
  • Recipients are limited to one award per academic year. To be considered for future awards, recipients must apply to develop COIL activities in a different course. 

Evaluation

Applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of the director of Global Relations, the associate dean of study abroad in the College of Arts & Sciences, a representative from one of the area studies centers in the FedEx Global Education Center, the director of the Global Research Institute and the award administrator. The committee sends recommended applications to the vice provost for global affairs for approval. Applications are evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • Is the COIL activity clearly described, and will it effectively connect students from the two institutions? 
  • Will the COIL activity support course learning objectives while also enable students to examine topic from different cultural and societal perspectives? 
  • Does the COIL activity provide for experiential education and virtual collaboration among the students? 
  • If graduate student support is requested, are the student’s responsibilities reasonable and specific? 
  • Does the proposal include one of Carolina’s strategic or key partners? 

Additional Information for Applicants

Resources for Developing a COIL Course

Sample Applications

Contact Information

Program Inquiries:

Katie Bowler Young, Interim Senior Director for Global Partnership and Programs
Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs
kby@unc.edu

Award Inquiries:

Melissa McMurray, Manager of Global Partnership Administration
Global Partnership and Programs, Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs
melissa_mcmurray@unc.edu