Collaborating Across Continents

Adam Versényi works in his officeStudents and faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill are sharing ideas and learning with counterparts across the world, thanks to Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses.

During the 2020-21 academic year, more than 430 UNC-Chapel Hill students participated in 19 classes with 15 partner universities across the globe. The collaborative, online format of COIL classes favors a true interactive learning structure, with students exchanging and building on each other’s ideas despite being thousands of miles apart. Instructors use multiple methods and mediums to engage students both synchronously and asynchronously. 

COIL courses are eligible to receive funding and support through an initiative called Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World, which was launched last year by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and the College of Arts & Sciences. Faculty from many disciplines across campus  have taken part in the program thus far, benefitting undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

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