I’ve just finished attending the 10th Anniversary COIL Conference for the first time, and I had such an interesting experience – a bit like a twisted de ja vu, It’s so similar to the work I did in K12 from ’98 to ’11 supporting K12 videoconferencing, mostly projects. Yet it has it’s own higher ed spin of course!
So I thought I’d make myself a little chart, as I’m processing my learning and this new world/field I’ve learned about.
|K12 Videoconferencing||Higher Ed International Collaborations|
|Getting Started||Usually teachers participate in a managed project to get their feet wet (i.e. RAP as the gateway drug to videoconferencing)||Faculty meet at a conference, or fly to meet in person to plan the project
Institutions support collaborations with existing partner institutions
|Organizations providing support and assistance finding a partner||iEARN.org
Global SchoolNet Project Registry
|Institution collaborations such as
SUNY COIL Global Partner Network
Virtual Team Teaching Exchange
|Length of projects||Usually one videoconference, with 1 to 2 weeks of preparation||Two weeks to a full course|
|Curriculum||All subject areas||More popular in the humanities|
|Project Support||Teachers create projects and find partners
OR teachers participate in managed projects like Read Around the Planet
|Mostly individually created collaborative experiences
Soliya is an organization managing the collaborative experience for higher ed
|Faculty support||Media specialist or instructional technology support staff
Sometimes also educational service agency support
IT / AV support
Dean, chair, other administrative support
|Value||A simple exchange or meet & greet often sufficient and valued||Need the experience tied to a framework or model and research supporting it|
|Evaluation||Were the students engaged / inspired?||Did the experience produce “satisfactory scholarly work”?
Was there rigor in the quality of the academic experience?
What do you think? Have I over-generalized? Am I missing any major concepts? What would you add?