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Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) 

As part of the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) involves shared learning between students in a course at UNC-Chapel Hill and peer students at a global partner universityFaculty members at both institutions design collaborative activities for their students lasting at least three weeks, such as completing small group projects, engaging in dialogue drawing on their different societal or disciplinary perspectives, or exchanging scholarly or creative work.  

For the 2020-21 academic year, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty are leading 19 COIL courses, in partnership with universities in 12 countries, including two of Carolina’s strategic partners, King’s College London and Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Faculty teaching COIL courses in 2020-21 represent the College of Arts & Sciences, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Hussman School of Journalism and Media, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing.  

Curriculum Development Awards for COIL are generally offered twice per year. Currently, there is a special Summer 2021 application cycle. The deadline is June 15, 2021. 

*Some COIL courses meet the criteria for the Experiential Education (EE) requirements in the general education curriculum. Courses approved for EE credit or have approval pending are indicated as such in the below list.

COIL Courses By Semester

  • Elizabeth Havice, Department of Geography, College of Arts & Sciences 
    UNC CourseGEOG 803, Seminar in Nature-Society
    Partner: Majed AkhterKing’s College London (England)
  • Michael Kris, Department of Music, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC CourseMUSC 214.003, Brass Chamber Music
    PartnerJoseph Fort, King’s College London (England)
  • Markus Saba, Kenan-Flagler Business School
    UNC CourseMBA 899, Healthcare in the Age of COVID
    Partner: Ben NgoyeStrathmore University (Kenya) 
  • Amanda ThompsonDepartment of Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences 
    UNC CourseANTH 190, Intro to Biocultural Medical Anthropology
    PartnerDiego Quiroga, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
  • Lien TruongDepartment of Art & Art History, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC CourseARTS 322, Narrative Painting
    Partner: Theson Nguyen, Vietnam University of Fine Arts (Vietnam)
  • Milada VachudovaDepartment of Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: POLI 438Undivided Europe
    Partner: Hanna Kleider, King’s College London (England) 

  • Lorna Avilés, Department of Romance Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: SPAN 329, Spanish for Professional & Community Engagement
    Partner: Esteban Mayorga, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
  • David Bond, Kenan-Flagler Business School 
    UNC CourseBUSI 206Business in Africa
    PartnerMarjolijn Dijksterhuis, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
  • Chad Bryant, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: HIST 783, Readings in Russian and East European History
    Partners: Uta Balabier, King’s College London (England), and Ota Konrad, Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • Sharon CannonKenan-Flagler Business School
    UNC Course: BUSI 529, Intercultural Communication for the Global Workplace
    Partner: Gavin Furukawa, Sophia University (Japan)
    This award was made possible in collaboration with the American Council on Education.
  • Helyne Frederick, School of Education
    UNC Course: EDUC 475, Child and Family Health
    Partner: Arlette Herry, St. George’s University (Grenada)
  • Suzanne Gulledge, School of Education 
    UNC CourseEDUC 697Education Minor Capstone
    Partner: Andreas Bonnet, University of Hamburg (Germany)
  • Emil’ Keme, Department of Romance Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: SPAN 344, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
    Partner: Michael Hill, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
  • Moira Marquis, Department of English & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: ENGL 266, Ecocriticism
    Partner: Sarah Marak, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
  • Kristin Papoi, School of Education 
    UNC CourseEDUC 615, School & Community Collaboration
    Partner: Nascira Ramia, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
  • Patricia SawinDepartment of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC CourseFOLK/ENGL 487Everyday Stories
    PartnerTiber FalzettUniversity College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Adam VersényiDepartment of Dramatic Art, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: DRAM 284, Theatre and Pandemic
    Partners: Kurt Taroff, Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland); Patrick Lonergan, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
  • Natalia Villegas, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 320, Culture and Nursing Care
    Partners: Marcela Gonzalez and Solange Campos, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)
  • Meg Zomorodi and Jaimee Watts-Isley, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 402C, Foundations of Population Health and Global Health
    Partner: Jacqui Young, Australian Catholic University (Australia)

  • Tom Linden, Hussman School of Journalism & Media
    UNC Course: MEJO 562, Environmental and Science Journalism
    Partner: Bienvenido Leon, University of Navarra (Spain)
  • Patricia Rosenmeyer, Department of Classics, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: CLAS 363H, Greek & Latin Poetry in Translation
    Partner: Giuliana Ragusa de Faria, Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)

This list will be updated as more courses are added for future semesters.