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12 Instructors Are Learning to Enhance Their Courses With Global Engagement


This month, a dozen ODU faculty members are discovering how to open the world to their students through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).

The instructors were recently accepted to fill spots in the three-week COIL Foundations workshop offered by the SUNY COIL Center, which serves the State University of New York system.

COIL connects students and faculty in different countries for collaborative projects and discussions as part of their coursework. Instructors team up to design the experience, and students work together on the activities.

Taking the COIL Foundations workshop are:

  • Sherif Ishak, professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Agnieszka Whelan, master lecturer, Art
  • Carla Harrell, master lecturer, Communications and Theatre Arts
  • Xihe Zhu, professor and chair, Human Movement Sciences
  • Sara Russell Riggs, lecturer, Finance
  • Kevin DePew, associate professor, English
  • Angela Wilson, clinical assistant professor, Medical Diagnostic and Translational Sciences
  • Amber Pope, clinical assistant professor, Counseling and Human Services
  • Janet Rinehart-Kim, senior lecturer, Biological Sciences
  • Staci Defibaugh, associate professor, English
  • Nicole Willock, associate professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Minori Marken, lecturer, World Languages and Cultures

Thanks to funding from ODU's Center for Global Engagement and Center for Faculty Development, the faculty participants are experiencing this workshop at no cost.

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