The term Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) refers to an approach that aims to provide possibilities of virtual collaboration between Higher Education Institutions. COIL has the potential to foster internationalization even in face of financial and virologic/pandemic limitations. (Finardi 2018). COIL can also be considered as an ecological way of looking at internationalization. Students and speakers from further away, don’t have to physically use flights and other means of transport to be able to join in.
Eva Faes is teacher trainer and researcher at AP’s department of Education and Training. Her main focus is on language learning, multilingualism and global citizenship but she has a heart for education in general.
Bie Dirkx is the international coordinator of AP’s department of Education and Training. She facilitates student exchanges and staff mobilities, coordinates two international semester programs for incoming Erasmus+ students (AP’s European Project Semester https://www.ap.be/international/eps and the international class Education and Social Work in a Metropolitan Context https://www.ap.be/international/es-mc).