Global citizenship refers to a sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity. It emphasizes sustainable environmental, political, economic, social, and cultural interdependency and interconnectedness between the local, the national, and the global.

The internationalization strategy has set a goal to enhance learning and teaching in support of the development of global citizens.

West Coast Virtual Exchange Institute

Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning - Virtual Exchange (COIL-VE)

“We had the first interaction online with the students from Argentina today and it went fantastically. Honestly it was one of the best things I have done at Langara!”

Jessie Smith, Latin American Studies Coordinator & Instructor

What is COIL-VE?

Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning – Virtual Exchange (COIL-VE) is an approach to fostering global competence through development of a multicultural learning environment that links classes in different countries. Using various communication technologies, students from different countries complete shared assignments and projects, with faculty members from each country co-teaching and managing coursework. COIL-VE intentionally fosters the development of the intercultural competencies that are needed for success in today’s world and workforce. Student groups from two or more institutions work together virtually to complete a project.

COIL-VE collaboration basics:

  • Two or more classrooms collaborating
  • Students work directly with each other on a project
  • Shared intercultural outcomes by international counterparts
  • Increased international cooperation and interest between faculty and students
  • Grade credited by own institution
  • Faculty responsible for own students and meeting own learning outcomes

Langara's Centre for Intercultural Engagement (CIE) has created a COIL-VE Community of Practice to support Langara Fellows engaged in virtual exchange. CIE additionally offers COIL-VE workshop training sessions to Faculty partners from external institutions to support development of joint virtual student learning projects. Following these workshops participants become part of the Langara COIL-VE Community of Practice, gaining access to discussions, peers, and resources. COIL-VE Fellow intakes are in May, September, and January. Contact us for more information and for support in finding a faculty partner at

Schedule of COIL-VE Fellow & Partner Sessions:

All sessions are virtual, will be recorded for the benefit of partners in different time zones, and are PST (GMT-8).


  • Friday, January 21, 8:30 am–11:00 am
  • Friday, February 4, 8:30 am–11:00 am
  • Friday, February 11, 8:30 am–11:00 am
  • Friday, March 4, 8:30 am–11:00 am
  • Friday, March 18, 8:30 am–11:00 am


  • Friday, June 3, 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
  • Friday, June 10, 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
  • Friday, June 17, 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
  • Friday, June 24, 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 31, 3:30 pm–6:00 pm

More Information on COIL-VE

Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning, also called Virtual Exchange, is a method for connecting faculty and their students with peers in other countries via the internet. The model involves in-depth cooperation between paired faculty co-designing parts of courses (to entire courses) and students collaborating in small groups to complete shared projects. COIL-VE produces meaningful, authentic international experiences for faculty and students without the cost and extensive time away from home. For students, COIL-VE increases interest in study abroad. For faculty, COIL-VE increases international faculty collaboration and future short-term exchanges.

A COIL-VE curriculum component may be a student project that takes as little as 4 weeks. There are many different types of COIL-VE projects. Examples include: a marketing or business plan, research, service learning, work on a local or global company from two or more country perspectives, providing real life experience, any global issue etc.

Langara COIL-VE Faculty Support:

  1. COIL-VE ideas and partner connections: Natasha Mrkic-Subotic
  2. Integrating intercultural curriculum support: Carolyn Wing

What is COIL-VE at Langara?

The Langara COIL-VE Fellows program is an initiative that addresses all four of Langara’s Internationalization Strategy pillars. Interested Langara faculty submit proposals for grant funding to support the implementation of COIL-VE into a Langara course. Fellows are required to participate in five COIL- VE Fellows Community of Practice meetings and demonstrate:  

  • Commitment to interculturalizing the classroom.  
  • Cross-cultural competence to foster understanding and create equitable partnerships. 
  • Commitment to innovative approaches to teaching. 
  • Outline clearly how the course activities will deepen student engagement and lead to improved learning outcomes, especially the development of global perspectives around course content.

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