Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a teaching method that facilitates students’ global awareness, cross-cultural and cross-linguistic communication through interactive online practices. COIL faculty in any discipline can connect their courses with courses abroad using collaborative online platforms. Since the program’s inception at LaGuardia in Fall 2016, over 100 courses have benefited from COIL projects with colleges and universities in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and different parts of Asia.

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Student Participation

Every semester, several LaGuardia professors include international virtual collaborations in their courses across disciplines. All you need to do is register via CUNYfirst for any of the courses below that interest you! 

These courses are included in your CUNY tuition. There is no extra cost for these classes; simply register for them as you would for any other class. 

Courses for Spring 2024 coming soon. 

Faculty Participation

LaGuardia faculty can implement COIL in any of their existing courses. To receive guidance and support, interested faculty can sign up for COIL training that is usually offered through the Center for Teaching and Learning. Returning COIL instructors should inform COIL leaders if they’re implementing COIL in a given semester and they will receive instructional design and other support from the team.

To learn more about how COIL works in a classroom, consult the SUNY COIL page and view previous LaGuardia COIL projects.

A wide range of COIL projects can also be viewed on DePaul University’s Global Learning Experience Projects page.

For further inquiries, contact Olga Aksakalova and Marta Kowalczyk.

Learn more about COIL

International copyright law means there are unequal levels of access to online resources between countries. Sharing resources between COIL partners might not always be possible.  Below is a collection of databases and websites that offer a mix of Public Domain, Open Access, or otherwise public materials that anyone can use anywhere.

  • arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for 1,993,581 scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.
  • CUNY Academic Works is a service of the CUNY Libraries dedicated to collecting and providing access to the research, scholarship, and creative and pedagogical work of the City University of New York. In service to CUNY’s mission as a public university, content in Academic Works is freely available to all.
  • Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) offers free and open access to the rich cultural legacy of the Middle East and North Africa by bringing together collections from a wide range of cultural heritage institutions.
  • Digital Pacifika aims to empower people in and of the Pacific Islands, enabling them to see, discover and explore items of digitized cultural heritage that are held in collections around the world.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals is a unique and extensive index of diverse open access journals from around the world, driven by a growing community, committed to ensuring quality content is freely available online for everyone.
  • Europeana shares and promotes Europe’s digital cultural heritage to be used and enjoyed by everyone for learning, for work, or just for fun.
  • Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) supports the instructional and research needs of LaGuardia’s faculty, staff and students by borrowing materials that are not owned by the Library.
  • Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.
  • PLOS is a nonprofit, Open Access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.
  • Project Gutenberg is a library of over 70,000 free eBooks.
  • Southeast Asia Digital Library provides free and open access to a variety of materials created in and about Southeast Asia.
  • World Digital Library is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, with the support of UNESCO, and contributions from libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations around the world.

If you are looking for any additional or non-English resources, need help navigating sharing materials with COIL partners, or have any other questions please contact Thomas Cleary.

Program Contacts

Olga Aksakalova
Professor of English
Coordinator, COIL
Co-Director, Office of Global & Experiential Learning
(718) 730-7508
Pablo Avila
Associate Director of ePortfolio & Digital Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning
(718) 482-5499
Anita Baksh
Professor of English
Chair, COIL Committee
(718) 730-7507
Marta Kowalczyk
Associate Professor of Chemistry
COIL Coordinator
(718) 349-4009