Students as partners in COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning)

Marina Orsini-Jones, Abraham Cervero' Carrascosa, Abdallah Rashidi, Simin Ni, Jaswinder Matharu

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This case study reports on a blended learning project that mixes and repurposes formal and informal learning platforms and learning and teaching modes to maximise the students’ learning experience. BMELTET (Blending MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses for English Language Teacher Education with telecollaboration), addresses three of the Coventry University Group Education Strategy pillars. The first one is ‘Research Inspired Teaching’. BMELTET has been carried out with cycles of action-research and student-informed scholarship since the academic year 2015-2016.

The second pillar is ‘Intercultural and International Engagement’, as it specifically aims to develop global citizenship competencies for both the staff and the students involved in it.

Finally, it adopts a holistic approach to the pillar ‘Innovation and Digital Fluency’, taking students out of their comfort zone and encouraging them to re-think their beliefs on English language teaching and learning while interacting with participants in distant locations through digital platforms and reflecting on their actions and beliefs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching and Learning Excellence
Subtitle of host publicationThe Coventry Way
EditorsClaire Simmons
Place of PublicationCoventry
PublisherCoventry University
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84600-092-8
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • MOOC, Telecollaboration, COIL, Internationalisation, Intercultural Awareness, Teacher beliefs, Learner autonomy, Technology, Digital literacy, Students as partners


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