Collaborative, virtual and international learning environments and the opportunity to engage with students from another country—that is COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) in a nutshell. As a learning and teaching format, it is exciting, challenging and culturally enriching to everybody involved.
COIL was originally devised by the University of New York (SUNY)’s COIL Center and has since gained enormous traction around the world. In 2022, the HSLU launched an initiative to implement COILs at several of its Schools. The initial project, which started at the HSLU Schools of Engineering and Architecture, Business, and Computer Science and Information Technology, is partially funded by Movetia, the national agency for the promotion of exchanges and mobility in the education system. In addition to language and communication skills, COIL promotes digital and intercultural skills. Through COILs, students also reflect on their own cultural position within an international team. They appreciate the versatility of this learning method.
Already in the 2022/23 academic year, the HSLU was able to gain first COIL experiences with some partner universities.