UW Tacoma COIL Fellows Program

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Welcome to the University of Washington Tacoma's SIF-Funded COIL Fellows program, an initiative that links our university courses with courses in different countries through a variety of real-time and asynchronous technologies. Find out which UW Tacoma faculty have participated in the program and in which countries their collaborators are located

The UW Tacoma COIL Fellows program is part of an effort to transform global learning opportunities on our campus and a collaboration between the Offices of Global Affairs, Academic Innovation, and Undergraduate Education.

What is COIL?

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) - also known as international virtual exchange, is a pedagogical approach that fosters global exchange and understanding through online learning environments. Started at The State University of New York and now in practice at hundreds of universities around the world, COIL connects learners across time and space, without leaving their home campus.

We invite UW Tacoma faculty to incorporate the COIL pedagogy into their courses - whether in conversations, assignments, themes, or work collaborations. Students typically complete shared assignments and projects, with faculty members from each country co-teaching and managing coursework. 

      UW Tacoma COIL Fellows Priority Considerations

      • Full-time or part-time faculty at UW Tacoma who are interested in developing a COIL class for AY 2020-21 or 2021-22 may apply.
      • Submissions may come from individuals or teams.
      • No prior experience or international connections are required.

      Program Elements

      • $1,000 stipend to develop and implement this international pedagogy
      • An introductory workshop 
      • Community of practice meetings and trainings
      • Mentoring from current or former UW COIL Fellows

      Deadline and Application Materials

      The application can be found at this link. Applications are due November 13, 2020.

      Please note that your ideas for a COIL class can be very preliminary. The Fellows Program is designed to help you develop this course and to assist you in identifying international partners if need be.


      The UW Tacoma COIL Fellows Program has benefitted from the many resources available on the SUNY COIL Center website as well as mentoring and resources from the UW Bothell Campus COIL project. 

      At the University of Washington, COIL began at UW Bothell, with UW Tacoma signing on in year two as co-PI of a generous grant from the Jackson School. During that two-year grant, UW Tacoma saw five of our faculty become COIL Fellows. Current exchanges include:

      • University of Frankfurt, University of Essen, Germany; University of Medellín, Colombia; Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil (Amos Nascimento)
      • Moscow State University (Chris Demaske)
      • Jefferson International School, Mexico; Universidad de Concepcion, Chile (Vanessa de Veritch Woodside)