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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Webinar invitation for April 7th international MOOC discussion

Anyone who would like to link a classroom outside the U.S. with a comics-related classroom at the University of Washington can contact Michael Dean at

International Course Collaboration
Connect your professors and students to partners in the United States using online technology

Dear colleagues,

We invite you to join us in an effort to deepen global engagement of students in the classroom, without requiring travel abroad, by implementing project-based online collaboration within existing courses.  Since 2013, the University of Washington Bothell has been implementing an initiative that connects classes on our campus to those in Egypt, India, Peru, South Africa and others. Read more at:  

We are looking to expand the effort and engage new partners – you!  Please join us for a free, one-hour introductory online workshop, intended for professors and administrators who would like to explore collaborating with University of Washington faculty on courses in the future.

Introduction to COIL Webinar
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | 2:30-3:30pm Pacific Time

The online workshop, presented by UW Bothell International Collaboration Facilitator, Greg Tuke, and his colleague Karim Ashour from Future University in Egypt, will introduce the COIL* approach and discuss some of the communication tools used – Skype video, closed Facebook groups, student-produced videos – to have students work directly and deeply with each other across cultures and countries.  Register by March 31 by emailing Following this, we will send you a link to the webinar.

As a preview, I invite you to watch Greg discuss his Global Media and Social Change course:

* COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) is an approach to fostering global competence through development of a multicultural learning environment that links university 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.

Technology-enabled global engagement is a growing internationalization trend, as highlighted in a recent article published by NAFSA on this topic, "New Windows on the World" by Christopher Connell, NAFSA International Educator, May/June 2014.

We look forward to working with you.



Natalia Dyba

Director of Global Initiatives

University of Washington Bothell

UW1-186 | Box 358555

18115 Campus Way NE | Bothell, WA 98011



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