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Collaborative Online International Learning Fellows

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) fellows are experienced practitioners of COIL who support prospective and current COIL faculty. 

Faculty Fellows 

COIL faculty fellows serve as a resource for the Carolina faculty community. Each fellow has previously received a Curriculum Development Award for COIL and has taught one or more iterations of their COIL course. They represent different disciplines to tailor their support to your diverse needs and interests.  

The fellows offer the following resources: 

  • Meet with faculty interested in COIL 
  • Assist faculty who are currently designing or teaching COIL courses 
  • Introduce the COIL pedagogy to interested departments 
  • Co-lead COIL information sessions and workshops 

Meet the 2023-2024 Faculty Fellows

Luoyi Cai

Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Luoyi Cai headshot

Experience: Cai has incorporated COIL into her CHIN 101, CHIN 102, and CHIN 407 classes with a faculty partner in Beijing Normal University (China) and Beijing Language and Culture University (China). Through COIL, Cai’s students were able to build cross-cultural dialogue and work on growing their language and cultural understanding with their peers in their partner class.

Areas of COIL expertise: Language learning, cross-cultural dialogue, navigating large time zone difference


Dorothea Heitsch

Teaching Professor; Undergraduate Advisor for French, Department of Romance Studies

Dorothea Heitsch headshot

Experience: Heitsch has incorporated COIL into her FREN 150 class with a faculty partner in Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3. Through COIL, Heitsch students collaborate to explore the different facets of the modern French-speaking world and the relationships of those regions with France. 

Areas of COIL expertise: Icebreakers, collaborative group projects, cross-cultural connections 


Michael Meredith

Clinical Professor of Management and Corporate Communication in the Kenan Flagler Business School

Michael Meredith headshotExperience: In spring 2022, Meredith taught BUSI 201: Business in Europe as a COIL Plus course, a hybrid iteration of COIL that involves a travel component and, thereby, reinforces intercultural learning. Working within cross-cultural teams, students collaborated with Corvinus University in Budapest to analyze the business strategy and make recommendations for a Hungarian-based company within a case competition format. Meredith is collaborating with Corvinus University again in spring 2023.  

Areas of COIL expertise: Intercultural communication, online instruction, blended mobility in COIL, MURAL platform, student teaming and group formulation, design thinking, consulting skills, client management, international business, COIL in Business


Adam Versényi

Professor of Dramatic Art and Dramaturgy

Adam Verseyni headshotExperience: Versényi collaborated with two international partners, one from Queen’s University Belfast and one from National University of Ireland, to teach a three-way COIL course, DRAM 284. The theme has changed each year, focusing on theatre and the pandemic in 2021, theatre and sustainability in 2022, and most recently theatre and democracy in the spring of 2023. Cohorts of students from each campus take part in a series of creative exercises culminating in collaborative performance projects via Zoom. 

Areas of COIL expertise: creative arts, virtual performances, multi-way COIL, incorporation of guest speakers


Lisa Woodley

Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing

Lisa Woodley headshotExperience: Woodley has incorporated COIL three times into NURS 483: Family Centered Nursing Care from Birth Through Adolescence with a faculty partner at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has assisted with COIL a fourth time with her teaching partner. Through COIL, Woodley’s students have explored best practices in providing culturally responsive nursing care. Woodley functions as a resource and coach to other faculty with COIL applications and implementation of COIL projects.

Areas of COIL expertise: culturally responsive care in nursing and healthcare, icebreakers, COIL partner foundations, student reflections, COIL research


Digital Education Fellow

The COIL digital educational fellow is an instructional design resource for faculty interested in and currently creating COIL courses. Support includes access to a COIL course template in Canvas, COIL preparation checklist and design workshops.

Manisha Mittal

Instructional Design Manager, UNC Digital and Lifelong Learning

Manisha Mittal headshotExperience: Prior to her current role, Mittal was instrumental in supporting faculty at the UNC School of Nursing in implementing COIL using relevant educational technologies. She works collaboratively to strategize, innovate and develop sustainable, scalable solutions. Her strengths include pioneering new processes and implementing strategic initiatives.

Areas of COIL expertise: learning management systems, new program and product development, instructional design, COIL course design