Globally-Networked Learning (GNL)

What is GNL?

Globally-Networked Learning, also known as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), was coined by Professor Jon Rubin at SUNY as a “teaching and learning methodology which provides innovative and cost-effective internationalization strategies.  Such programs foster faculty and student interaction with peers abroad through co-taught multicultural online and blended learning environments emphasizing experiential student collaboration” (SUNY COIL Center, 2020).

Models of Interaction in GNL courses

  1. Online – Two or more groups of students residing in different countries enroll in the course, two or more faculty members from different countries/institutions teach and manage the coursework simultaneously, and all teaching and interaction occurs online. Here the curriculum for all students may be identical or it may be specific to the individual courses. For example, the courses may have similar content but due to academic calendar issues, they might not adhere to the same schedule. However, the student group projects coincide with the content of both courses.
  2. Dual Hybrid – Two or more groups of students residing in different countries enroll in the course with dedicated faculty members co-teaching and managing the coursework at each participating institution. Each group of students regularly meets face-to-face with their instructor, while the larger group works together online on specific assignments and shared productions. Here the curriculum for the different student groups need not be identical, but can instead be complementary, with only the shared units and assignments being similar or identical. In this model it is more likely that students will be separately graded and receive credit from their home university.
  3. Carrot – While not a separate model, this optional component can bring stronger closure to the collaborative work process and add a significant incentive for student participation. With this approach, students from each participating institution are offered the opportunity to travel to the partner country to present their final project and meet their peers abroad. This end of semester program element would be student funded through an additional cost for enrolling in this section (similar to an embedded spring break international experience). The visit would typically be for a period of five to ten days and housing would typically be provided by host families or by the host institution in a dormitory setting.  (SUNY COIL Center, 2020).
  4. One-Off Lectures or Presentations – Faculty may enhance their courses by inviting guest lectures from institutions overseas.

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