SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning Conference Brings Together 400 Participants from 150 Higher Education Institutions and Organizations Across the Globe

April 25, 2016

New York City – The State University of New York Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL Center) will hold its annual conference this week. The theme reflects the 10th anniversary of the COIL Center: COILING Across a Decade: Reflections and New Directions.

The SUNY COIL Center's conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together faculty, international programs staff, instructional technology staff, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world. This year’s conference – its largest gathering to date – brings together more than 400 participants from over 150 higher education institutions and organizations across the globe. Participants at the conference will reflect on the evolution of the field, celebrate innovative models and best practices, welcome new practitioners, and investigate potential new directions.

A program agenda is available online. The conference is OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Date:         April 25-26, 2016
Location:   CUNY Graduate Center
                  365 5th Avenue
                  New York, NY
Registration Required


About the SUNY COIL Center
The SUNY COIL Center was founded in 2006 as a faculty-led initiative at SUNY's Purchase College with support from SUNY System Administration's Office of International Programs and the SUNY Learning Network. Now based in New York City and a part of the SUNY Office of Global Affairs, the COIL Center currently serves 27 SUNY campuses and a similar number of global partner institutions in the Netherlands, Turkey, Mexico, South Africa, Japan and ten other countries. The COIL Center recently received grants from the Stevens Initiative to expand its programs in the Middle East and North Africa, and from the Department of State to expand its programs in Mexico. COIL-enhanced classes may be fully online, or offered in blended formats with traditional face-to-face sessions taking place at both schools, while collaborative student work takes place online.

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 are virtual exchange, virtual mobility, globally networked learning, telecollaboration, and online intercultural exchange.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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