European Conference on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) for Higher Education

December 1st & 2nd 2016


Explore the world of Collaborative Online International Learning, link up with other interested professionals and make a COIL connection.

Registration is closed


Something for Everyone

The European COIL Conference offered something for everyone, from complete beginners to experienced COIL practitioners.

Professionals who are just getting interested in telecollaboration got the chance to learn from the best and figure out how to get their first COIL projects started. 

At the same time, more expereinced COIL collaborators were challenged to take their activities to the next level and had ample opportunity to share best practices.

The Pursuit of Partnerships

The European COIL Conference was also about establishing new projects and partnerships.

Finding a partner and getting started is often the hardest part, but it doesn’t have to be. In a series of networking and speed-dating activities, participants had thee chance to meet professionals with similar interests, but were also challenged to get out of their comfort zones and consider collaborating across disciplines, keeping in mind that sometimes opposites attract. 

The programme is displayed on this page to offer a look back at the 2016 conference and to give an impression of the types of content that may be included in the next edition.

08:45 AM - 09:15 AM

Registration & Coffee

Location: Atrium

09:15 AM - 09:30 AM

Official Welcome

Susana Menéndez, Vice President of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, will officially welcome conference participants and deliver an official opening address.

SPEAKERS: Susana Menéndez, Jacco van Uden

Location: Aula

09:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Keynote Addresses by Jon Rubin and Darla Deardorff

Internationalisation expert Darla Deardorff and Jon Rubin, founder and Director of the SUNY COIL Center will give keynote speeches on the importance of telecollaboration and the challenges that lie ahead.

SPEAKERS: Darla K. Deardorff, Jon Rubin

Location: Aula

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Coffee & Pastries

Location: Atrium

11:15 AM - 12:00 AM

Why the Dutch love COIL and what to do about it?

A panel drawn from Dutch universities that are actively COILing will discuss and share with the audience how they are proceeding and whether there are avenues for intra-Dutch collaboration?

SPEAKERS: Rajash Rawal, Jon Rubin, Eva Haug, Herco Fonteijn, Jaap van Voorst, Annemiek Zaat

Location: Speakers' Corner

Getting started with COIL

Discussion about designing, implementing and organising COIL projects and overcoming pitfalls. In addition, during this session, students who followed COIL courses will also share their experiences.

SPEAKERS: Noud van Herpen, Wouter den Blanken

Location: Ov. 3.37

Getting ready for the real world: using COIL to enhance students’ employability

This presentation outlines a pilot study in entrepreneurship education which used COIL to connect students at Glasgow Caledonian University with their peers at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan. The teaching approach focused on authentic learning experiences which contain real-life entrepreneurial activity such as risk taking, teamwork and professional communication.

SPEAKERS: Sabine McKinnon

Location: Mandela Room

12:15 PM - 01:00 PM

Global Classrooms: A Model for COIL as a Campus Internationalization Strategy

Looking at Drexel University's Global Campus model in this hands-on workshop will demonstrate how the international education office can create an infrastructure to support COIL efforts, and how Drexel’s Office of International Programs helped to make Global Classrooms an institutional priority for enhancing its global impact. From partnership development to assessment support, this workshop will demonstrate the benefits of working with the campus international education office for the development of COIL courses, including highlighting some examples from Drexel University’s Global Classroom program.


Location: Speakers' Corner

Exploring new approaches to Online International Learning at Coventry University

Coventry University (CU) has implemented, in collaboration with other institutions, a university-wide scheme facilitating the development of Online International Learning projects at all its faculties. Project leaders may have access to specialist support provided by experts in Internationalisation of the Curriculum, Learning Technologists and Academic Developers. In this panel, lecturers leading two projects will share their experience and insights on Internet-based intercultural collaborations in the field of performing arts and health. Telepresence in Theatre is a joint project with the University of Tampere (Finland), while Occupational Therapy in an Uncertain World is collaboration with the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Limburg University (Belgium) and Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore).

SPEAKERS: Daniel Villar-Onrubia, Tom Gorman, Tiina Syrjä, Mikko Kanninen, Sarah Roe, Katherine Wimpenny

Location: Ov. 0.43

Working virtual together, how to optimize cooperation?

This presentation will take a look back on a COIL collaboration between The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the Universidat Central de Catalunya, in search of best practices for improving communication between students.

SPEAKERS: Inge Audenaerde, Miriam Torres Moreno

Location: Mandela Room

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

World Cafe Lunch

A fun and interactive opportunity to get to know each other and seek out potential partners with a catered lunch and a lively World Cafe-style discussion.

SPEAKERS: Paul Treanor, Tonnie van Genugten

Location: Ov. 3.37 and HEBO Kantine

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM

Developing a COIL Course with Rick Arrowood

Rick Arrowood talks about integrating COIL into curricula and developing learning objectives.

SPEAKERS: Rick Arrowood

Location: Ov 0.43

Development of an Undergraduate Nursing Online International Learning Project

This presentation aims to give a narrative of the gradual development of an online international learning project between Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Coventry University UK as part of two undergraduate nursing programmes. The synchronous exchange was ambitious involving students directly presenting and feeding back to each other. It will highlight the academic and technical challenges and successes in the development and delivery of such a project.

SPEAKERS: Brendan Greaney, Annie Pettifer, Simon Cheung

Location: Mandela Room

From “cut & paste” to real collaboration. How to improve student collaboration in a virtual project

In this workshop we will brainstorm about how students collaborate, what holds them back and how we can facilitate the collaboration at a distance. Best practices will be shared in a presentation to give you some practical ideas on how to get the students to engage with the topic and each other. Topics like building trust, using social media to create an in-group culture and coaching “COILing” students will be reviewed.


Location: Ov. 5.07

03:30 PM - 04:15 PM

IT Matters

An exploration of the role of learning environments and online tools in COIL Projects.

SPEAKERS: Eric Keur, Aaron Zipp

Location: Innovation Playground

Structural synergies and a successful faculty development model to support an institutional COIL initiative

Using practical examples from several COIL projects, Ashanti Morgan and Rosi Leon will explain how DePaul University developed and implemented an institution-wide COIL initiative, the Global Learning Experience (GLE), by leveraging innovative institutional structural synergies and implementing a formalized faculty development program.

SPEAKERS: Ashanti Morgan, Rosi Leon

Location: Mandela Room

Samenwerken / Working Together

This presentation challenges a dominant cultural paradigm when suggesting that by focusing on cultural differences, we create us-them thinking and generate a dynamic that lessens mutual understanding. Instead, the presenters argue that creating a team culture is vital to success and that COIL courses targeting intercultural collaboration should begin by creating a shared experience with the goal of building working relationships.

SPEAKERS: Loes Damhof, Janine DeWitt

Location: Kennedy Room

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Closing Remarks from Rick Arrowood & Jacco van Uden

Rick Arrowood and Jacco van Uden will close out the day, summarising what has been learned and offering tips for going forward.

SPEAKERS: Rick Arrowood

Location: Aula

07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Networking Dinner

EuroCOILcon is all about networking and building partnerships. To that end, there will be a networking dinner for all participants, which is included in your registration fee. Dinner will be held at the Spaansche Hof restaurant in The Hague.

Location: Westeinde 12, The Hague