Invitation and Call for Presentations for the 6th COIL Conference (Due 1/17/2014)

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SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning
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Invitation and Call for Presentations for the 6th COIL Conference Reimagining Education: Can Collaborative Online International Learning Be Normalized?
March 20 - 21, 2014 | SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., NYC

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The SUNY COIL Center's annual conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together 200+ professors, international programs staff, instructional technologists, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to share innovative models and best practices. The year's conference agenda will include sessions from both invited speakers as well as those resulting from our international Call for Presentations.

By reimagining education as a networked phenomenon, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)* provides co-taught learning environments in which students gain valuable cross-cultural competence, and experience collaborative engagement with international peers. With continued expansion of practice and growth of research on the COIL model, this year's conference asks if this innovation can be normalized and what is needed to make that happen?

*COIL is used to refer to pedagogical activities using technology to link classrooms and students in geographically distant locations through coursework. Other terms describing such activities include globally networked learning, telecollaboration, online intercultural exchange, virtual exchange, virtual mobility, and Exchange 2.0.

6th COIL Conference Themes and Topics include:
• Student Perspectives and Voices from COIL Courses
• Role of COIL Courses in Integrating Intercultural and/or Global Dimensions into the Curriculum
• Best Practices for Growing, Sustaining and Normalizing COIL and Similar Institutional Initiatives
• COIL Courses as Portals for Increased Participation in Study Abroad
• How is Intercultural Exchange Transformed in the Online Environment?
• The Role of Language in COIL Courses and COIL for Language Learning
• Online Collaborations with Partners in Non-Traditional Destinations
• Strategies for Using COIL to Connect Curricula, Technology and Campus Internationalization
• Overcoming Power Differentials in Online Collaborations
• Utilizing COIL to Realize the Full Potential of Existing International Partnerships
• Fostering and Evaluating Student Cross-cultural Competence Online
• "We're all the same! Or are we?" Moving from Minimization of Difference to Acceptance of Difference

Call for Presentations
We invite proposals that broadly support this year's conference themes for presentations based upon research and/or reflective practice in a range of formats. Joint proposals, including those that represent the collaboration of inter- or intra- departmental or institutional teams, those which are designed to foster significant audience participation, or panels which bring in student perspectives, are particularly encouraged. Possible presentation types include:
• Panels
• Individual Presentations
• Working Group Roundtable Discussions
• Mini-Workshops and Hands-on Demos
• Pre-conference Workshops - new in 2014
Any session can be designed to include remote presenters via videoconference or other technologies. Be creative in proposing presentation formats, as alternative and innovative formats are highly encouraged.

Proposals are due January 17, 2014.

Detailed information and requirements for the CFP can be found on the conference website.