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 model that makes it easy for faculty and their universities to quickly connect their classes with those abroad. We add critical capacity to the acceleration of international engagement via technology.
Our model includes the following services:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If interested in joining our COIL program to teach a Fall 2021 course, please fill out our online survey here.