• Case Studies

To explain the concepts and key features of COIL, we showcase some recent HKU’s COIL courses and summarise their key takeaways.

Recent HKU’s COIL courses

International and Comparative Study of Student Well-Being across Hong Kong and Australia
(Semester 1, 2022/2023)
Common Core Office, The University of Hong Kong
School of Education, University of Queensland
School of Education & Professional Studies, Griffith University
Global Consultants: Policymaking For Social Impact
(Semester 2, 2021/2022)
Common Core Office, The University of Hong Kong
Liberal Arts & Natural Science, University of Birmingham
Spanish for Business & Intercultural Communication
(Semester 1, 2022/2023)
School of Modern Languages & Cultures, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Law & Social Sciences, Universidad ICESI, Cali, Colombia
English Language Teaching Methodology
(Semester 1, 2023/2024)
Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences, Newcastle University

Key takeaways

  • Importance of icebreaking and teambuilding

    As COIL courses require students to collaborate with peers of partner institutions, you may wish to include some icebreaking or teambuilding exercises at the beginning of the course so that students can familiarise themselves with each other. If resources allow, you may also consider having an additional mentor to help adjust the atmosphere and facilitate better discussion in inactive groups.
  • Explore new assessment methods

    One of the key features of COIL is to embed digital technologies in learning. Instead of asking your students to present their collaborative work through traditional means (e.g., essays or oral presentations), you may consider exploring other assessment methods such as group videos or webpages.
  • Engage students through multiple technologies

    Teachers of previous COIL courses have used a combination of digital platforms (e.g., Padlet, Mentimeter, Miro, etc.) to facilitate students’ learning. Click here to explore more digital tools for teaching. Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre also supports teachers by providing a Learning Lab designed with technical affordances to support hybrid teaching and learning.

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