Accelerating Virtual Exchange
Accelerating Virtual Exchange
Bound International offers specialized programs by which universities can execute effective online international learning. We do this via a full-service, high support Full Program, a short-term Faculty Training Only Program and Customized COIL Consulting services for individual institutions and organizations. We place emphasis on faculty and staff development with the expectation that their students will receive high quality virtual intercultural engagement.
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.
The Spring 2024 Program registration is now open! To sign up, complete the Full Program faculty survey here by August 15, 2023.
What Our Faculty Have to Say
Bound International has helped me connect with an international instructor who has a course that aligns well with my course. They have provided valuable resources to help us link our courses together in a meaningful way, as well as, the tools to assess the impact of this experience on developing the intercultural competence of both the students and the instructors. Finally, Bound International has provided a mentor to help support us both during the development of our COIL program and its implementation.
Prof. Scott Schneider
University of Dayton – Engineering
The connection to [my faculty partner] in Bolivia has been wonderful and the highlight of the program for me… the training sessions (regular and optional ones) have been really useful and relevant. In addition, providing a coach for each team has been helpful. [My faculty partner] and I met with our coach and she provided us with many insights related to a logistics issue we were encountering. This has been invaluable - just knowing there is a dedicated person to reach out to is comforting. Also, the COIL program staff have been very accessible and ready to lend support whenever it is needed.
Stonehill College – Business
With years of taking students abroad, the thing that has been missing is interaction with their peers. COIL offers an opportunity for students to have valuable intercultural experiences by working on projects with students from another culture… Bound International matched me with a partner, provided valuable training in intercultural learning and learning technologies and provided a coach to work with us as we developed our course.
Dr. Lara Foley
University of Tulsa – Sociology
My interest in teaching a course using the COIL method is to give my students the opportunity to share their knowledge with young people from another cultural context, help them improve their intercultural communication skills and raise awareness about interculturality. The program has given me the opportunity to work with a group of highly competent teachers from diverse cultures. In addition, I have received training in the various topics related to the inclusion of internationalization in the teaching curriculum. It has been a very rewarding experience.
Dra. Ivette Pérez Matos
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico – Humanistic and Pedagogical Studies
[Bound International] gave me a broad understanding of what COIL is and what we can achieve. All the COIL staff was very passionate, knowledgeable and super supportive. It gave us the opportunity to connect with an American university that have the same objectives as us, therefore, to give our students the opportunity to interact with American students in a joint course.
Evolve Abroad, Mexico - Sustainable Development
Despite my experience offering COIL, I did not have all the knowledge about the multiple possibilities of a COIL. During the Bound International COIL program, I learned more and I discovered other methodologies and useful tools (I wish I had known them before) and I met colleagues who shared great experiences and even with whom I might offer COILS in the near future.
Manuela Vélez Restrepo
Universidad EIA – Intercultural Management
I think the Bound International COIL program has been very helpful providing me with a space to get to know them as a collaborative team and their goals, so I can have a better understanding of their practices. Also, I appreciate Bound intentions to create a sense of community among the faculty involved. Bound International has provided us with a lot of great information through trainings, etc. and it has helped me to identify common goals with my partner. Bound has created a caring and supportive environment, and the professionalism, experience and engagement are noticeable.
Dr. Monical Simal
Providence College – Foreign Language Studies
It was highly enriching. Both content and delivery was diligently prepared. The team was always diligent to meet our expectations. There was always a systematic way to remind course participants of the pending tasks. Karen and her team were always eager to meet our needs.
Dr. Liliana Cuesta Medina
Universidad de la Sabana - Foreign Languages & Culture
The training-- it really helped enforce developing our curriculum intentionally.
Prof. Mickey Marsee
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Karen was phenomenal. Mauricio is the best "Coach". All Bound personnel were eager to help. I saw how my students were happier to contribute/work with fellow students from other countries.
Dr. Antonio J. Fernós
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico - Economics & Administrative Sciences
What Our Students Have to Say
My expectations were low because I was really bored with the virtual modality that now is a necessity, I did not think any different from a COIL class, I was wrong.
This was my favorite college class I've ever taken, I'm a junior so that says a lot! Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience - it is one I will never forget!
Fue una experiencia grandiosa que espero volver a repetir.
Lo que más me gusto del curso fue poder relacionarme con personas que tienen aspectos culturales diferentes como su forma de desarrollar un proyecto y el trabajo en equipo.
The activities I would like to carry out in the future would involve interactions with people from diverse countries, so the more intercultural interactions I experience, the better.
Pretty cool class.
Getting to work with another group of students from another country. I haven't been able to do an interuniversity project like this before, let alone an international one.
Mi aspecto favorito de COIL fue trabajar en cojunto con personas del extranjero, ver sus diferentes puntos de vista y opiniones.
Conocer personas muy geniales y amables (: Lanzarme más a prácticar mi inglés
I really enjoyed the first meeting with our teammates from South Africa when we actually had time to talk and bond as a team. I also enjoyed exploring South African education systems sustainability with individuals who had first hand experience with that system.
I am proud of having the possibility to work on a project like this. It is challenging but allows you to learn new things, practice the language, interact with people from other cultures, work collaboratively, among other important aspects of the academic process.
I really enjoyed getting to know more about the students from Columbia. Working alongside them was very eye opening to me.
Poder trabajar con compañeros de otro pais, me encanto.
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.
What Our Participants Have to Say
I am encouraging the other faculty in our program to do COIL training. What you are doing is invaluable to growing global collaborations and broadening students experiences.
I enjoyed very much this training and believe that is a great opportunity for us to improve our teaching skills and develop our students.
Felicitarlos por la excelente organización.
Quedo muy agradecida por la calidez y compromiso de los organizadores.
Excelente capacitación, aporta la motivación de los profesores para complementar la enseñanza, creando espacios para que los estudiantes se relaciones con diferentes culturas.
Es una oportunidad excelente para mejorar y ampliar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes y de nosotros docentes. Gracias por la información compartida.
Excelente acompañamiento e intervenciones.
Fue muy claro, se empezó desde cero, realmente fue nivelatorio entre quienes tenían y no tenían experiencias previas, las charlas y presentaciones fueron amenas, se presentaban muchos ejemplos, se respondían todas las preguntas con paciencia y claridad.
The program was great in almost all aspects. However, the best one is that the materials provide information and knowledge we need.
The way that program facilitator (Karen) present the training program is easy to follow and understand. Thank you, Karen.
[La mejor parte del programa] Su aplicabilidad, aterriza los conceptos dados en clase para aplicarlos en la realidad.
Dates & Agenda
Thursday, September 14th 2023
What is COIL + Best Practice
Learn about the history, pedagogy and best practices of connecting your classroom with one abroad.
Friday, September 15th 2023
Learn about the role technology can play in achieving learning outcomes and motivate faculty and students to engage in global teaching and learning.
Monday, September 18th 2023
Principles of Applied Learning
Learn about important principles of applied learning that elevate student learning within a virtual environment.
Tuesday, September 19th 2023
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.
Wednesday, September 20th 2023
Workshop: Planning a COIL Collaboration
Begin using your training to visualize and map out a COIL collaboration with an international partner.
Thursday, September 21st 2023
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.
Friday, September 22nd 2023
Partner Networking Fair
Use your recent training to identify and network with experienced COIL faculty who are looking for partners during a live session.
Cost: $250 per faculty member
Duration: 14 hours; sessions will be recorded
Karen McBride, Ed.D., President & Founder, Bound International
Alexis Tarter, M.A. E-Learning & Instructional Design, Bound International
To register, please us the payment button below. Payments are due by September 1, 2023.
Cancellations permitted. Refunds allowed until September 1, 2023 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 among 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 22, 2023
To register, please click here . Registration is open until September 1, 2023 .
What Past Fair Participants Have to Say
93% of past COIL Fair attendees would definitely recommend it to other faculty!
It was fantastic.
It was really great thank you.
Felicitaciones!! Me encantó.
Excelente espacio de alianza.
Inviting, though provoking, well planned, appreciated! Thank you!
Excellent initiative and very good organization