The following are examples of successful COIL initiatives at Humber, with insights from Humber COIL leaders on the advantages for both students and faculty. This page will be updated as more initiatives are introduced. Help us expand - imagine featuring your own COIL project here!
PC, Bachelor of Commerce – Human Resources Management
PC, Bachelor of Commerce – Digital Business Management
PC, Fashion Management
Manager, Equity & Student Life, Student Success and Engagement
PC, Graphic Design
Faculty, Faculty of Business
Humber Lead: Michelle Souilliere, PC, Bachelor of Commerce – Human Resources Management
Humber Program: Bachelor of Commerce – Human Resource Management
International Partner: Bachelor of International Human Resources, Saxion University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)
COIL Description: Co-facilitated by faculty at Saxion and Humber, students at both institutions teamed up in a learning simulation titled “InLine” – a strategy game that addresses the challenges that Human Resources Practitioners are faced with when designing context specific HR policies and practices for organizations. Working together, Humber and Saxion students explored human resources management decisions and practices through intercultural lenses.
Insight: The benefits of working on a COIL are numerous. I was able to expand my teaching skill set by developing new tools and learning activities for students in a course that I teach. Collaborating with faculty at Saxion meant learning about how courses and projects are implemented and approached in different ways. This expanded and enriched my perspective on topics that I teach and provided inspiration and motivation to change up how I approach them. It also allowed me to explore subject-matter topic in more depth with the international colleague and learn from their research.
COIL presented many opportunities for collaboration, creativity and problem-solving. We needed to work together to figure out how to best create and implement the project so that was feasible and beneficial for all partners. COIL gives students a novel learning experience that enriches their knowledge about a subject-related topic. They explore the topic in more depth and with an international filter. Together students collaborate with each other and develop teamwork and problem-solving competencies.
- Michelle Souillere, PC, Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Management
Humber Lead: Hanadi Alnawab, PC, Bachelor of Commerce – Digital Business Management
Humber Program: Bachelor of Commerce – Digital Business Management
International Partner: Digital Business Concepts Program, Fontys University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)
COIL Description: Under the guidance of faculty leaders from Humber and Fontys, students worked together on an applied research project to develop an e-commerce marketing plan for an industry client based in Toronto, Canada. The main objectives of the COIL were to explore international collaboration activities; engage students in new digital technologies; foster inquiry-based experiential learning. Learn more: https://hanadialnawab.com/experiential-learning/collaborative-online-international-learning-coil-humber-fontys-pilot-project/
Insight: We enjoyed working virtually between Canada and the Netherlands in Summer 2019 (before it was the norm!) Through the COIL project we all – students and faculty alike - gained intercultural awareness and understanding. For students, COIL adds an important international experience to their resumes, which they can talk about to potential employers. The experience adds another perspective of their field of study, which is invaluable. As faculty, COIL helps us develop new partnerships to enhance teaching and learning.
- Hanadi Alnawab, PC, Bachelor of Commerce – Digital Business Management
Humber Lead: Rossie Kadiyska, Program Coordinator, Fashion Management
Humber Program: Fashion Management Graduate Certificate
International Partner: Humber Resources Management program, Saxion University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)
COIL Description: Saxion and Humber students met online and collaborated on a virtual simulation about hiring practices for multinational corporations. In addition to the class content and learning outcomes, students were able to elevate their learning experience beyond national frontiers, cultures, time zones, and perspectives. The project was a practice for the future of work. Students gained a multi-perspective on learning and working in the new digital realm, and made friends for life.
Insight: COIL experiences benefit both students and faculty. Faculty are able to elevate their professional practice to a new, international level; network with peers from international institutions; explore further professional development opportunities; lead collaborative, international projects; and build project management skills in online, international landscape. Students are able to learn and complement class content in collaborative environment; explore course content from variety of different cultural perspectives, across physical boundaries, time zones and languages.
COIL gives everyone the option to be emerged in a multidimensional learning environment enriching the experience of learning i.e. be immersed in a "multi-learning". All this offers the opportunity to network and connect with peers from all around the world.
- Rossie Kadiyska, PC, Fashion Management
Humber Leads: Rebecca Fitzgerald, Associate Director, International Mobility and Strategic Partnerships; Rebecca Trautwein, Manager, Global Learning and Engagement; Erin Cole, Coordinator, International Mobility
Humber Programs: Sixty-nine academic programs across all six Humber Academic Faculties
COIL Description: The five-week “Beyond COVID-19: Global Systems Gap Challenge” involved 390 students working in virtual teams across 27 countries and six continents. The goal of the challenge was to allow participants to utilize a systems thinking mindset to examine complex problems in the world today within the wider context of COVID-19 and identify gaps that could lead to potential future solutions. Students worked in multicultural, cross-disciplinary virtual teams, guided by 125 Humber and industry mentors. Their applied research project focused on one of four theme areas: Health & Wellness; Social Innovation; Education; and Business.
Insight: Participating as a mentor within the Global Systems Challenge was an invaluable experience. I was able to create meaningful connections with many students across the globe, as well as network and form deep connections with fellow faculty and staff mentors within the Humber College community. Having just joined Humber College a month prior to taking part in this opportunity, it was such a beneficial experience to develop much needed community in a virtual environment and gain key insight on how learners are currently navigating their online environments from a global lens.
Taking part in COIL initiatives allow students to develop greater competence and confidence in navigating online learning environments from a global perspective. This can be invaluable for students who are seeking to continuously develop new strategies for staying connected and networking in this new online environment. This also enables students to purposefully develop key soft skills such as empathy, creative thinking, communication, emotional intelligence, and intercultural competencies through a lens rooted in equity, diversity and inclusion. Most importantly, participating in COIL initiatives undoubtedly helps students create smaller and impactful Humber community connections within a larger global landscape.
- Christina Alcena, Manager, Equity & Student Life, Student Success and Engagement
Humber Leads: Linda Hill, PC, Bachelor of Community Development; Christine McKenzie, Professor, Bachelor of Community Development
Humber Program: Bachelor of Community Development
International Partner: Biology program, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Peru)
COIL Description: Humber and USIL faculty co-developed case studies that were embedded within a pre-existing course at both institutions – in the fields of Biology (USIL) and Community Development (Humber). Students connected virtually and worked collaboratively, and the module was co-taught by Humber and USIL faculty. The comparative case studies co-designed by Humber & USIL faculty focused on community and environmental impact of pipeline extensions on indigenous land. Learn more (p. 17): https://bit.ly/3finqLv
Insight: Working with USIL enabled me to learn about international community development projects in Peru from local people. It broadened my understanding of issues and enriched my cultural competence. I enjoyed working with faculty partners from USIL and getting to know them as colleagues and friends. In the planning phase I had the opportunity to travel to Peru with Christine to work with colleagues at USIL to co-develop our COIL module, with funding provided by Global Affairs Canada through the Faculty Mobility for Partnership Building fund. We travelled together through local areas, sat around the same table, and planned out lessons, taught students collaboratively and shared meals and conversation. It was an amazing experience and I have carried forward lessons learned in my teaching.
Through COIL, students gain the opportunity to collaborate and talk directly with students in another country. It enables students who may not be able to afford to travel to have a global experience that increases their cultural awareness and broadens their viewpoints on international issues. It is one thing to read about community work or listen to a lecture, but to work collaboratively and speak directly with students from different parts of the world enables a deeper understanding of diverse views, values, and opinions with shared learning the result.
- Linda Hill, PC, Bachelor of Community Development
Insight: As a Professor in the Community Development degree, it was very rewarding to work collaboratively with Biology faculty from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL). I appreciated the time we were able to take to get to know our partners and have a dialogue that connected the dots between our different contexts and pedagogical approaches.”
While writing case studies based on issues existing in each of our countries, we had the opportunity to think globally about critical issues, and our role as educators in addressing these issues. The experience inspired and challenged me to consider how to make more interdisciplinary links between theory and practice in the way I teach going forward.
The students from Humber’s Community Development Degree program and students from USIL worked together on case studies in small groups. These case studies presented social/political/environmental issues existing in both Peru and Canada. A component of our COIL initiative was for students to connect in groups during class time as well as outside of the classroom. This enabled them to build relationships and come together as a team. Students found working together in this way to be dynamic and engaging.
Students responded that they most benefitted from being able to think critically and problem solve using the participatory case study learning approach. They were motivated to engage in the learning, as they could see that their skills and knowledge were useful for solving real world problems. By having the opportunity to consider their own reality, and learn from one another’s perspectives, students were able to see that many of the issues we face have common elements. In this way, students were able to deepen their analysis by questioning ideas they had previously held to be true.
- Christine McKenzie, Professor, Bachelor of Community Development
Humber Leads: Bianca DiPietro, PC, Graphic Design; Umer Noor, PC, Game Programming; Rob Blain, PC, Multimedia Design & Development; George Paravantes, PC, UX Design
Humber Programs: Graphic Design; Multimedia Design & Development; Game Programming; UX
International Partner: IT Technology, Computer Science, and Web Development, UCL University College (Denmark)
COIL Description: Multinational and cross-disciplinary teams of students from Humber & UCL University College worked together to provide real ICT solutions for a Danish client, Welfare Denmark, on how on citizens and patients suffering from dementia could use technology to improve their quality of life. This COIL project, titled “Innovent”, began with online collaboration, and culminated in students and faculty from UCL University College traveling to Toronto to complete their projects and present to their industry client and the Humber community. Learn more: https://torontodigifest.ca/exhibitor/innovent-charrette-humber-college/
Insight: The benefits of COIL include a diverse cultural exposure for students. Culture is important because it influences greatly how we see the world, how we understand it, and how we communicate. Students get a deeper sense of learning through the ability to learn off one another and really benefit from new relationships, collaborations, and knowledge exchanges. I also feel like they are an increased sense of responsibility when working with international partners. The initiatives of COIL are of great value to students because it breaks them out of silos. Working internationally across cultures enhancing the skills of critical thinking, creativity, flexibility, collaboration, communication, social skills, and leadership -- all 21st century skills that are very important and relevant for students who are entering the industry.
- Bianca DiPietro (PC, Graphic Design)
Humber Leads: Sara Hassan, Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Science & Innovative Learning; Elinor Bray-Collins, Faculty, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Science & Innovative Learning; Jennifer Wilson-Lee, Manager, International Partnerships and Mobility, Faculty of Business
Humber Program: Bachelor of International Development
International Partner: Physical Activity & Wellbeing Program, Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand) & Entrepreneurship and Design Program VIA University College (Denmark)
COIL Description: An international faculty team developed an intensive 6-day (partially synchronous) online learning experience for students in Canada, Denmark and New Zealand. The collaborative module challenged students to use systems thinking to understand and map sustainability challenges on their own college campuses. Students worked in tri-country teams to share and compare findings and gain insight from each other’s international perspectives. Learn more: https://international.humber.ca/blog/polytechnic-identity/gpa-micro-credentials.html
Insight: Working with international faculty was a real treat - not only was it enjoyable, but the collective creativity between us instilled within us a genuine sense of hope and a renewed sense of purpose for the power of international collaboration when it comes to educating for social change.
Our COIL experience also enhanced our professional learning and development. We had, for instance, an opportunity to work collaboratively and interculturally over an eight-month period, design curriculum from scratch as a team, and deliver it together, online, to groups of learners from three different countries - all of this, we feel, has strengthened our work in the classroom.
Students were excited to have the chance to work with peers from around the world and in different disciplines. They were especially intrigued to learn about the different styles of education and felt that the initiative gave them a concrete opportunity to build intercultural competence. Many of them were nervous at first - wondering how their education at Humber would measure up to others. In the end, however, the experience gave them a real boost in confidence as they felt prepared and able to participate and contribute meaningfully to the discussions with their international peers. They came away from the experience more empowered as they headed into graduation.
- Sara Hassan, Professor & Elinor Bray-Collins, Faculty, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Science & Innovative Learning
Humber Leads: Faculty of Business: Colin Bartley, Professor, Rossie Kadiyska, PC, Fashion Management; Steven Lorini, Faculty; Jasteena Dhillon, Faculty. Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology: Elizabeth Fenuta, Professor; Marcin Kedzior, Professor. Faculty of Media and Creative Arts: Bianca DiPietro, PC, Graphic Design.
Humber Programs: Fashion Management, Bachelor of Design, User Experience, Architectural Technology, Graphic Design, Hospitality - Event Management, Marketing Management, Business Management - Entrepreneurial Enterprise and Web Development
International Partner: KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (Denmark)
COIL Description: KEA Design Charrette: Eight global teams representing students from institutions in Toronto, Copenhagen, São Paulo, and Milan worked together on solutions-focused projects related to the theme: “Reshape your Community: Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Culture after the Crisis”. Each team worked with faculty advisors as well as collaborators from local Danish businesses stakeholders throughout the week. Teams met virtually for three hours a day to collaborate on their projects. In five short days, all eight teams produced a pitch for an innovative solution in accordance with the briefs given to them by their local collaborators. Learn more: https://global.kea.dk/activities/charrette & Top Team 2020: https://www.behance.net/gallery/105587955/KEA-2020-Design-Charette-Mit-Norrebro
Insight: The benefits from my COIL experience with KEA has allowed me to continue to add deep knowledge and robust skills necessary to bring the world into my classrooms. This opportunity has enabled me to guide my students through reflective lessons and conversations, which gets away from lecturing and creates better, and more memorable, teaching lessons using real passion on the subject and incorporating an international dimension. There needs to be more ways for students to obtain global experience. Faculty will have more buy-in with assessments when the results of the tasks create career-readiness for students. COIL initiatives are ready and prepared to help understand what will be required to make successful decisions in working experiences.
- Steven Lorini, Faculty, Faculty of Business