Collaborative Online International Learning

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a pedagogical strategy that promotes cross-cultural collaboration.

Through COIL, we use internet-based tools to link students enrolled in a course at CSULB with their peers enrolled in a related course at a college or university abroad.

By engaging with one another through shared coursework and collaborative assignments, students learn the skills and sensibilities they need to successfully communicate and collaborate across geographic and cultural divides.

COIL Across Campus

COIL applies to all CSULB colleges and departments and can take on many different forms, from one shared class assignment to an entire course taught jointly with an overseas partner.

COIL pairs well with best practices in online teaching, and is distinct in that its emphasis on international collaboration facilitates student interaction that fosters cross-cultural skills regardless of discipline.