Innovation in Collaborative Online International Learning: A Holistic Blend

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This chapter outlines innovative models and case studies of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) implemented at Coventry University (UK). The institutional drive towards the integration of COIL as part of internationalisation of the curriculum will be outlined, as well as a brief overview of the issues relating to the design and delivery of pedagogies for intercultural online learning. Staff incentives and capability development in facilitating students’ engagement in meaningful intercultural interactions will also be considered. In particular, and through the sharing of case studies, this chapter will discuss the ‘holistic blend’ that COIL can offer. We will illustrate what students stand to gain beyond the immediate action learning of the online dynamic alongside face to face interaction. Such interaction includes the development of critical digital literacy skills, the acquisition of interactional online communication skills, and importantly, openness to knowledge pluralization. It will be argued that consideration must be given to where in the curriculum students should encounter COIL pedagogies and to how to synchronise and merge COIL within the wider course programme. This is to enable students to make sense of COIL as part of their wider internationalised curriculum and not to see it as an add on. Finally, further research recommendations for the design and delivery of COIL, based on the last decade of practices at Coventry University, will be shared.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRadical Solutions & eLearning
Subtitle of host publicationPractical Innovations and online Educational Technology
EditorsDaniel Burgos
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-4952-6
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-4951-9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Educational Technology
ISSN (Print)2196-4963
ISSN (Electronic)2196-4971


  • Collaborative Online International Learning - intercultural dialogue - action learning - critical digital literacies; knowledge pluralization
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
  • Intercultural dialogue
  • Knowledge pluralization
  • Action learning
  • Critical digital literacies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


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