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Higher Education in the Post-COVID-19 Pandemic Era: Weighing the Benefits and Challenges of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)/Virtual Learning


日本時間2020年8月27日(木) 22:00 – 23:00
Thursday, August 27 9:00AM – 10:00AM EDT, US


Online (Webinar)


This is the video recorded on the day. Please watch it!

As higher education takes an important role to establish a new sense of normalcy following the COVID-19 pandemic, many higher education institutions have introduced online learning for the first time and are exploring different methods of its delivery.

Collaborative online international learning (COIL) is an innovative pedagogy involving collaborative teaching and learning in two or more countries facilitated by online communication. This virtual mobility experiences can enable learners to develop intercultural competences and digital skills while working together on subject-specific learning tasks or activities through a cross-border collaboration or interaction with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

The American Council on Education (ACE) has assembled a variety of resources to help campus leaders, faculty, students, and parents make informed decisions about COIL in relation to their immediate needs and long-term goals.

In partnership with the Institute for Innovative Global Education(IIGE) at Kansai University, and with support from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), ACE is providing a rapid response summer intensive virtual exchange/ collaborative online international learning (COIL) online training to U.S. and Japanese higher education institutions that started in mid-July 2020.
ACE began working in 2018 with MEXT on a bilateral U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative, which is now wrapping up its 3-year demonstration period as the MEXT Inter- University Exchange Project continues for an additional 2-years. ACE’s experience with the U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative demonstrated the potential of COIL collaboration to initiate or reinvigorate bilateral ties between U.S. and Japan’s higher education institutions.

In term of this point, COIL is not just a short-term alternative for face-to-face learning but also a long-term possible solution for sustaining shared global learning and collaboration. This USJI webinar session will discuss  COIL/virtual exchange and the rationale, practical considerations, benefits, and challenges of initiating COIL program drawing on the experience of higher education institutions participating in current Japan-U.S. COIL projects.



Shinnosuke Obi, Dr.-Ing.
Vice President for International Collaboration
Professor of Faculty of Science and Technology
Keio University
Professor Obi is the Vice-President for International Collaboration at Keio University, Japan. He concurrently serves as the Dean of the International Center at the university. Prior to his current appointments, he served for more than a decade as the Chair of the Committee for International Affairs at the Keio University Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Technology. In this capacity, he was heavily involved in developing various international programs, including double-degrees offered to both students at Keio and its partner institutions around the world. He is also the current Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE).


Veronica Onorevole
Project Director, Virtual Exchange/COIL Initiatives
Senior Program Specialist
Division of Learning & Engagement
American Council on Education
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Miki Sugimura, Ph.D.
Vice President for Global Academic Affairs,
Professor of Faculty of Human Sciences
Sophia University
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Bio (2)  (Click here)
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