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Global COIL Courses

Spring 2020-2021 Courses


MKT 4900 – Nonprofit Marketing

Instructor: Jamie Lambert


COIL dates: March 23 – April 22

Overview: This project allows students to get involved in Collaborative Online International Learning. For this assignment Ohio University Nonprofit Marketing student teams will be partnering with students from Garden City University College of Ghana. The goal of this learning is to increase student collaboration across disciplines and borders. Student partners are taking Medical Laboratory Technology Microbiology I (Parasitology) course. Together with partner students, each team will create an overview of a nonprofit marketing campaign for the prevention and/or treatment of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The expectation is that each class will bring its expertise to the project.

Partner Information:

Instructor: Yeboah Marfo-Debrekyei 

Institution: Garden City University College of Ghana


Instructor: Shelley Gruendler


COIL Dates: Feb 1- March 5.

Overview: Each country presents historical, linguistic, and cultural context regarding a historical script from their indigenous culture: Adinkra, Ghana; Kannada, India; Cherokee, United States. The other two countries will use them as a starting point for new letterform designs. After a process of combining and refining, the students will have created their own unified written language based on the combined forms from all three countries. Students will incorporate their final typographic designs to a workable digital font, screen printing on local Ghanaian textiles, letterpress printing from their own custom wood type font in India and OHIO, and additional student-produced ephemera. 

Partner Information:

Instructor 1: Professor Zenab Bastawala, MA Type Design, BDesign

Institution: Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design, and Technology

Country: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Instructor 2: Professor Ralitza Debrah, MA Design, BFA Graphic Design

Institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Country: Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana

BMT 1100 - Introduction to Management

Instructor: Greg Obi


COIL Dates: March 15  – April 23.

Overview: Introduction to Management is a freshman-level business management technology course that teaches students the nature of managerial concepts. At completing the course students are expected to learn the various managerial functions and organizational structure. The course lays emphasis on the current issues that impact and affect organizational management. 

Students in this course will collaborate with students at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa. The planned COIL project will be eight weeks long activities that will start a one week of social interaction period that will serves as a getting-to-know-you section. In this section, students will share video clips of self-introductions. The main actual COIL assignments will focus on impact of COVID-19 pandemic on small business owners in the two countries – challenges, opportunities, and gains (if any).

Partner Information:

Instructor: Michelle De Bruyn -

Department of Accounting.

Institution: Stellenbosch University.

SPAN 4457 - History of the Spanish Language

COIL dates: March 8-April 30

Instructor: Emilia Alonso Sameno


Overview: Under the theme of etymological origin of plant names, sustainable agricultural practices and marketing and business strategies, this Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project examines what the names of plants tell us about their origin, their viability as a crop in Yucatan Peninsula and marketing strategies for Fair Trade. This will give us the opportunity to understand the relationship between the origin of plants, where they came from – if they are not native, how they were exported and who brought them –cultivating those in sensible ways by promoting sustainable practices and trading arrangements. This collaboration between the Faculty of Accountancy & Administration at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán and the Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University, allows us to examine the ways in which the etymology of plant names – tracing the history of the different words, where they originated, the political, historical, socio-economic reasons why they ended up in our countries – intersects with agricultural policies and exporting strategies. We hope that students will see that all three areas of study interrelate and effectively inform one another across countries/continents, societies, communities, and cultures.

Partner information: 

Amarella Eastmond, Faculty of Accountancy & Administration


Institution: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, Mexico

Past courses

Fall 2020-2021 COIL Courses


ART 2600 – Interior Architecture Studio I

Instructor: Daniel Harper

Partner Information:

Instructor: Dr. Nurfadhlina Mohd Sharef

Institution: University Putra Malaysia

Partner Course: Data Analytics course.


COMS 4100 Cross-Cultural Communication

Instructor: Pamela Kaylor

Overview:  In COMS 4100 students focus on an analysis of processes and problems of communication as affected by national cultures, the effects of differences in language, values, meaning, perception, and thought.  Online students in Cross-Cultural Communication will practice their intercultural communication skills in three-way collaborations in an international learning project with English-speaking Chinese students in Tianjin Normal University and Culture & Society students in University Autonoma de Chihuahua.  Using virtual meetings, international teams will collaborate to write comparative research papers about contemporary issues and everyday life in China, Mexico, and the United States.  The project includes pre-survey and post-survey assessments.  As part of the experience, students will write extended response papers about their experiences. 


Class number:  9014

Section: 500

Days:  Online

EDAD 7710 – Community Education

Instructor: Dwan Robinson

Overview: Community education is a graduate level educational leadership course that facilitates the engagement of students with philosophies of community education.  The course examines the role of educational administrators in taking leadership in developing and implementing community education partnerships and programs. The course also provides opportunities for collaborative exploration between educators and the community for problem-solving about common issues impacting education.

Students from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio will collaborate virtually with students from The University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. The planned COIL project will take place during the last seven weeks of the fall semester. COILing activities will enable students to build relationships with one another and will help to facilitate discussions about their areas of inquiry, their research and their future trajectories. As a component of this partnership students will come together for seminars, workshops and community conversations under the theme of current issues and our worldwide community. Students will also be engaged in an examination of self in the context of their communities and the impact of COVID-19 on society and their local environments in the US and Botswana.


Class times: October 24th – December 12th, 2020.

ENG 1510 - Writing and Rhetoric I

Instructor: Elizabeth Koonce

Overview: This first-year writing course will focus on the ways that our sense of place, geography and upbringing impact the attitudes that we hold about the world we live in today. Part of the course will focus on naming and interrogating the stereotypes we hold about ourselves and others. As such, during the course, we will be reading several memoirs and short essays about place and how it shapes our identity. All class writing assignments will also be associated with this theme.  Near the end of the course, students in this special course section will collaborate virtually with English-speaking Chinese students at Tianjin Normal University on a project exploring assumptions and attitudes about each other’s cultures. 


Class number: 6328

Section: 142

Days : Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays

Time: 2:00PM-2:55PM

SPAN 3110 - Advanced Conversation and Composition I

Instructor: Emilia Alonso Sameno

Overview: Spanish 3110 is the first course in the Advanced Conversation and Composition series. This class introduces current topics affecting the Latinx communities in the United States. For example, immigration laws; Hispanic or Latino: language identity; acculturation versus assimilation; Spanglish; the working poor: equal salary, maternity/paternity leave, etc. You will learn advanced strategies in order to communicate – express and discuss ideas and opinions – verbally and in writing in the Spanish language. You will also learn how to apply your critical thinking skills (consider at least two sides of a certain issue) to discern, engage and actively participate in decision-making activities affecting your communities and our world today; and ultimately become good citizens of the United States and the world. Half-way into the semester, students will collaborate virtually in English with South African students from Rhodes University on a project exploring states of violence, the criminalization of immigration and its potentially devastating effects on immigrant communities’ language and identity.


Class number: 10065

Section: 100

Days : Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays

Time: 9:40AM-10:35AM

SPAN 3460 – Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

Instructor: Emilia Alonso Sameno

Overview: Linguistics is the study of human languages, their components and their uses. This course provides you with an introduction to the study of Spanish from a perspective that focuses on contextualized language use, and the application of linguistic analysis to the study of language. The course begins with an introduction to communication sciences and those cognitive processes, principles and factors involved in language learning. Then we will center our attention on Spanish phonetics and phonology (sounds, syllables and sound structures) and Spanish morpho-syntax (word formation, agreement, phrases and sentences). We will then look at the role of Spanish in the world and issues pertaining to language variation and the different dialects of Spanish. The discussion will finalize with issues in Spanish semantics (meaning: denotation and connotation) and Spanish pragmatics (contextualized use: discourse analysis). At the beginning of the semester, students will collaborate virtually with students of Spanish from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India on a pronunciation observation project exploring the potential benefits of providing and receiving peer feedback as a way to skill honing and confidence building.


Class number: 10075

Days: Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays

Time: 10:45AM-11:40AM

Fall 2018-2019 COIL Courses

BMT 2850 - Government and Business

Instructor: Greg Obi


Overview: Government and Business is a sophomore-level business management technology course that explores the interaction of government (federal, state, and local) agencies and business organizations. The course offers an analysis of how public policies affect business practices, as well as how business organizations influence public policies.  COILing activities for this course was planned and implemented for the last 6 weeks of the course for the 2018-19 fall semester.

Students collaborated with Mass Communication students at Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), in Enugu, Enugu state of Nigeria. The COIL project included social interaction, a getting-to-know-you section (the first week of the project). In this section, students did free postings and video introductions of themselves. The main project was paring students with partner groups. Each group chose a particular type of small-scale (an example could be a barber or beauty shop) business that they were interested in. Then they looked at the regulation of such businesses from the perspective of the two countries – the USA and Nigeria.