Collaborative Online International Learning


Accelerating Virtual Exchange

Accelerating Virtual Exchange

Bound International offers a specialized program by which universities can execute effective online international learning. We offer a full-service, high-support model that makes it easy for faculty and their universities to quickly connect their classes with those abroad. Our program is equally a faculty development opportunity as it is a student learning opportunity. We add critical capacity to the acceleration of international engagement via technology.

Our Model


International Partner Sourcing & Matching

If college faculty have a colleague or institution abroad with whom they’d like to co-design and co-teach a COIL course, we can train both of them and facilitate the course. If faculty want to co-design and co-teach a COIL course, but do not have a partner yet, we can provide one for them and even customize their preferences.

COIL Platform (LMS)

We identify and utilize a platform that optimizes student learning across borders and time zones via technology. Our platform affords faculty creativity and ease of use in connecting students for intercultural engagement and high impact projects. We also provide active support for technical setup and usage.

Faculty Training

We have identified the most essential knowledge and resources necessary for faculty to co-teach and co-design a COIL course. We arrange training for our faculty during the academic term prior to the COIL course that also does not monopolize too much of their time. We provide them the tools that they need, with enough time, to helm a COIL course. Training sessions occur within a cohort. Experienced and inexperienced faculty are invited to join us.

GlobeSmart(c) License

We afford faculty a license to access culturally-based information that informs and elevates their course content. GlobeSmart is an online resource hub that promotes global collaboration and inclusion and is an application of Aperian Global.

Intercultural Assessment Tools & Data

We understand that intercultural competency is a critical skill for the 21st century, impacting a sense of citizenship and a global economy. It enhances both teaching ability and student learning. Bound International assesses both faculty and students taking part in a COIL course to show the effect of teaching and learning across borders via technology, adding critical data to the field of international education.

COIL Coach

Coaches provide individuals an important layer of guidance and support that is designed to accelerate personal growth. We select professionals with specific skills in teaching, travel and technology to act as coaches for our COIL faculty. Our coaches collaborate with faculty during training and teaching, mentoring them as they undertake a fulfilling, yet multi-dimensional experience.

COIL Curriculum Resources

In a rapidly growing field with increasing research and scholarship, identifying topics and activities associated with intercultural teaching and adapting them to a specific classroom can be overwhelming. We make it easier for faculty to utilize effective resources that prepare their students for the intercultural aspect of their COIL course.

Program & Course Report

Similar to any international experience, it is often difficult to describe or translate ‘what happened’. We acknowledge the critical partnership between faculty and international education professionals (e.g. Education Abroad Office, International Student and Scholar Office, etc.) when creating COIL programming. Therefore, we provide a summary report for each faculty member’s university at the conclusion of the COIL program that illustrates important aspects such as intercultural assessment data, key activities and program evaluations.

Alumni Engagement

We believe in the importance of long-term engagement, especially between students and their former educational institutions. We provide resources to COIL alumni and track their growth after a COIL experience. Our belief is that the growth process is permanently and positively altered after an international learning experience and we endeavor to follow and support that growth.

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Faculty Registration

Full Program

To partake in our full-service, high support model that includes all of the features above, please fill out the Full Program faculty survey. The Full Program is the best way to gain extensive training, build networks, achieve critical data and have support from Bound International staff for the entirety of your COIL experience.

Spring 2022 Program registration is now open! To sign up, complete the Full Program faculty survey here by August 15, 2021.

Training Only


For faculty who seek training opportunities only, Bound International is offering a Training Only program. This opportunity may only take place for a limited time and must meet enrollment requirements in order to take place, with the requirements outlined below. The program will be conducted via Zoom.

Bound International staff have more than 25 years of combined experience in international higher education and student exchange and several years of combined experience in COIL and virtual exchange.

This program provides maximum learning, skills development and networking within a short period of time, to serve faculty in an optimal way.


  • Minimum enrollment of 15 faculty
  • Balanced representation of faculty from different countries
  • Various academic subjects represented
  • Conducted in English with live interpretation available in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese
  • Open to all interested faculty worldwide
  • Faculty from community colleges, technical colleges and regional colleges are especially encouraged to apply
  • Faculty must register no later than August 1, 2021
  • Payments must be successfully submitted online by the due date for faculty to participate
  • We may limit the number of participants per institution, to ensure greater representation across institutions

Program Inclusions

  • Zoom event
  • Interpretation services for Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese speakers
  • Assessment data, per faculty member, for 4 statistically-validated intercultural and inclusive instruments and group de-brief
  • Peer testimony and live interaction
  • Generous discount for faculty participation in the Full Program for Spring 2022

Dates & Agenda

Thursday, September 2nd 2021

What is COIL + Best Practice
Learn about the history, pedagogy and best practices of connecting your classroom with one abroad.
9:00am – 11:00am CST (UTC -6)
Friday, September 3rd 2021

Motivational Technology
Learn about the role technology can play in achieving learning outcomes and motivate faculty and students to engage in global teaching and learning.
9:00am – 11:00am CST (UTC -6)
Monday, September 6th 2021

Principles of Applied Learning
Learn about important principles of applied learning that elevate student learning within a virtual environment.
9:00am – 11:00am CST (UTC -6)
Tuesday, September 7th 2021

Intercultural Teaching & Learning
Learn about the principles of intercultural competency, how to teach these principles to students and how it can transform your teaching methodology.
9:00am – 11:00am CST (UTC -6)
Wednesday, September 8th 2021

Virtual Internships as a COIL Project
Learn about how a virtual internship can enhance your COIL course, provide students with career-ready opportunities and how you, as a faculty member, can shepherd virtual internships as part of a course.
9:00am – 11:00am CST (UTC -6)
Thursday, September 9th 2021

Cultivating COIL on Campus
Learn strategies and tactics to promote COIL on your home campus. Also learn how to be a leader within your department and within your field in implementing and advancing COIL in academia.
9:00am – 11:00am CST (UTC -6)
Friday, September 10th 2021

Partner Networking Fair
Use your recent training to identify and network with experienced COIL faculty who are looking for partners during a live session.
9:00am – 11:00am CST (UTC -6)

Cost: $200 per faculty member

Duration: 14 hours; sessions will be recorded


Karen McBride, Ed.D., President & Founder, Bound International
Karolyn M. Andrews, Ph.D., E-Learning & Instructional Design Fellow, Bound International

To register, please us the payment button below. Payments are due by August 1, 2021.

Cancellations permitted.  Refunds allowed until August 1, 2021 less transaction fees.

Should enrollment requirements not be met, or the event is cancelled, full refunds for registrants will be issued.

Partner Networking Fair

For those with COIL training and experience who seek opportunities to network and connect with other faculty, we invite you to be a part of our Partner Networking Fair!  This Fair will take place at the conclusion of our Training Only program and is open to ALL experienced COIL faculty worldwide.  Join us to identify new academic partners amongst a group of newly trained faculty.

The launch of the Fair will be conducted in English, but faculty will be able to interact with each other in their language of choice.

Date & Time
Friday, September 10th 2021
9:00am – 11:00am CST (UTC -6)

Cost: FREE

To register, please click here.  Registration open until August 15, 2021.


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