Un(COIL)ing the Pandemic: Active and Affective Learning in Times of COVID-19

Violeta Cotoman, Annabel Davies, Nanako Kawagoe, Hana Niihashi, Aisha Rahman, Yuki Tomita, Atsuko Watanabe, Felix Roesch

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a global effect on higher education. Overnight, entire degree programs had to be moved online. Whereas this meant that teaching and learning in political science and international relations also went into “emergency e-learning” mode, as a recent teacher spotlight in PS: Political Science & Politics termed it, moving online also offered opportunities. One opportunity is collaborative online international learning (COIL) that enables students from universities in different countries to work on a common project. This article argues that working together collaboratively online not only mitigates the pandemic’s physical restrictions and sustains a global space of learning; it also provides for a particular active and affective learning in an intercultural virtual environment that substantiates classroom experiences even in post-pandemic higher education. To support this argument, this article reflects on the experiences of a British–Japanese COIL project that investigated political responses to COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-192
Number of pages5
JournalPS: Political Science and Politics
Issue number1
Early online date13 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2022

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  • COIL
  • International Relations
  • International Relations Teaching
  • affective learning
  • Active Learning
  • Sociology and Political Science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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