Global Engagement > Partnerships > Programs for Partner Institutions > Virtual Exchange, Online Collaboration, Global Learning Experience
Virtual Exchange- COIL refers to the practice of learning experiences that:
DePaul University launched its Virtual Exchange-COIL program, named the Global Learning Experience (GLE), in 2013. Since then, DePaul has established itself as one of the leaders in the virtual exchange field around the globe, with
hundreds of projects implemented with partners from nations/territories all over the world , reaching thousands of students.
DePaul hosted a Global Learning Conference devoted to virtual exchange in 2018 and is one of the founding institutions of IVEC, the International Virtual Exchange Conference, the premiere annual event of the field. The DePaul GLE team has also helped other institutions around the world start/expand their current VE programs/project offerings. In 2019, the professional development workshop that is part of the GLE program won The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Innovation Award and in 2020, GLE was awarded one of NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Awards, which recognize U.S. institutions’ innovative and creative approaches toward comprehensive internationalization.
Introduction to VE Session
Professors or Administrators (or mixed audience)
Synchronous (via Zoom)
Workshop on VE Design and Implementation
Mostly asynchronous (with 3 synchronous meetings via Zoom)
*discounted pricing available
Introduction to VE for Administrators/Staff: Structures and Resources
University Leadership/ Administrators/ Staff
Synchronous (via Zoom)
Interactive Workshop: Introduction to VE for professors
Other customized trainings/workshops
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For additional professional development opportunities or further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Rosi León, Director of Virtual Exchange and Online Learning at email@example.com.
Additional information about some of our offerings can be found below.
If your institution is interested in starting a new virtual exchange-COIL program or would like to expand your existing program, members of the DePaul GLE team are happy to meet with you virtually to discuss the individual needs of your institution, determine goals and/or areas of growth, and offer suggestions for best next steps.
This hour-long session is designed as a first introduction to the concept of VE-COIL for professors and/or administrators. It covers the definition of VE-COIL, its essential components, several concrete examples, an overview of DePaul’s VE program, with ample time for questions and answers with the audience.
As an in-depth faculty training opportunity, DePaul University offers a formal professional development workshop aimed at training professors interested in implementing virtual exchange projects in their classes. The VE training workshop takes place online and lasts three weeks. Participants must commit to a series of online, asynchronous activities, including readings and discussions. Activities are structured in four modules, requiring an overall time commitment of approximately twenty hours. Participants must also be able to attend three synchronous, 2-hour long meetings, usually scheduled for Friday mornings (US Central Time). The workshop is offered twice a year, once in February and once in October. Exact dates, registration deadlines, pricing information and discount for particular groups of institutions, visit http://go.depaul.edu/veworkshop.
-These words describe everything about the training: helpful, concrete, practical. Also I felt that there was real magic in the interactions with other group members. ~Elizbeth A.
-In some ways I learned important new perspectives, and in others it was so comforting to feel that the course I'm about to begin is on the right track already. ~Jan B.
-I enjoyed most of the modules and thought that they were relevant. In fact, some of them made us aware of our own predispositions and stereotypes as well. So it was also a strong self-reflection process. ~Emel O.
-The workshops and the materials are top notch and very helpful for building [virtual exchange] courses. ~Michele M.
This 1.5 hour-long session is designed for administrators and staff who are planning to implement an institutional initiative around VE-COIL. After the definition of VE-COIL and a few examples, the sessions delves into the needed administrative structures and human and financial resources for a successful implementation. Typical audiences consist of staff and leadership from the international office/global engagement, centers for teaching and learning or other professional development teams, instructional designers, and leadership of academic units.
This 2 hour-long interactive session provides professors/instructors with hands-on activities in terms of defining and analyzing what virtual exchange is, as well as practice designing specific learning outcomes for their VE projects. Participants also complete a vision-setting activity aimed at helping them imagine a VE-COIL project in one of their courses/modules. Ample time for questions and answers with the audience is reserved at the end of the session.
Based on each institution's needs, DePaul University offers customized introductory workshops for professors and administrators. Pricing can vary based on length and format. Common topics include: VE definitions/terminology, projects' macro-structure, detailed examples and analysis, strategic rationales for VE, evidence of efficacy (survey data), interactive exercises, and others. Workshops for administrators/university leadership may also include topics on university-wide planning and implementation, alignment with strategic priorities, exploration of available resources, local structures and processes for VE initiative launch, among others. Workshops for faculty focus more directly on aspects of the pedagogy and on lessons learned.