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Welcome New Institutional Members

We want to welcome our newest institutional members and look forward to working with, and getting to know, their representatives during the coming months.

  • Ohio Northern University (representative: Kanishka Sen)

  • Mount Holyoke College (representative: Jean Janecki)

  • Chestnut Hill College (representative: Mary Helen Kashuba)

We’ve also had transitions at existing institutional members and we want to welcome the newest  CLAC representatives from the following institutions:

  • Oscar Perez Hernandez, Skidmore

  • Adrienne Gonzales, University of Denver

  • Ellen Sayles, University of Richmond

If you are interested in joining CLAC as an institutional member, please contact us at

CLAC Working Groups

During our April 2018 meeting at the University of Denver, we identified four working groups to move along our agenda.  

1) Redefining CLAC (Convener: Danielle Salaz, UC Boulder): The goals of this group are to investigate the various ways CLAC has been defined and to reshape and clarify the definition of CLAC for the 21st Century. Goals for this group are to a) develop a definition of CLAC that is easily understood by newcomers b) establish a foundation for advocacy and publicizing CLAC initiatives. Elements will include the philosophy of CLAC as well as descriptions of different kinds of established and emergent programs.

This ad hoc group, comprised of institutional representatives, will meet in a virtual environment on a bi-monthly basis with the goal of developing a final definition by the end of Spring 2019 semester. Meeting times will be determined by the group at mutually agreed upon times.

2) Digital Presence & Education (Convener: JY Zhou, Stockton University): This group is focused on developing a path for CLAC’s digital engagement and presence agenda.  This includes professional development, training, webinars, social media channels, CLAC Clearinghouse, and the CLAC website.  Developing a strategic plan for branding and defining.

3) Advocacy (Convener: Bernd Estabrook, Illinois College): The Advocacy Group will look at strategies for promoting and sustaining CLAC programs on campus. We will address questions such as: How can we better integrate CLAC programs into the existing curriculum? In a time of shortened means, how can we demonstrate the value of CLAC to the campus mission, to provide resources for new CLAC programs, or to enhance existing opportunities? What technologies, media, and platforms are most useful for getting the word out?

4) Assessment: (Convener: Deb Reisinger, Duke University): This group will not begin meeting until a working definition emerges from the REDEFINING CLAC group. This group aims to 1) gain an understanding of how CLAC is currently assessed at member institutions 2) determine assessment gaps and needs 3) create and administer a large scale assessment across consortial members 4) share out best practices for internal assessment.

Outcomes CLAC 2018 @University of Denver

We hope that everyone returned home post-CLAC 2018 feeling refreshed and energized by the very good conversation.  Again, many thanks to our hosts at the University of Denver for their wonderful hospitality.   We had a breadth of institutions represented including community colleges, four-year liberal arts colleges, as well as large,  research-focused universities.  We were happy to welcome the University of Chicago as our newest institutional member.
Elections were held with the following results: Suronda Gonzalez, Chair; JY Zhou, Vice Chair; Berndt Estabrook, Secretary/Treasurer.  If you were unable to attend, or if you would like to review presentations, you’ll be able to do so here at our website.  We’ll be uploading all documents in the coming weeks and expect to have the work completed by the start of June.  Additionally, we’ll be posting information about how you can become more involved by participating in one or more of the Communities of Practice identified at the closing session.  Currently, these are  1) Assessment 2) Redefining CLAC 3)  Building Sustainable CLAC Programs  4) CLAC Webinars & Professional Development.  Members will have an opportunity to join a COP in the coming weeks.

CLAC 2016 Proposal deadline extended

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) 2016 Conference
Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through CLAC
October 21-22, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa

Proposal Deadline EXTENDED:
Friday, June 17, 2016
Selected papers invited for a special published volume


Drake University is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the CLAC 2016 Conference Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through CLAC. (Click here for more detailed information regarding the Call for Proposals). This 10th Conference explores strategies for infusing foreign languages, intercultural perspectives, and a global vision throughout the curriculum. Educational institutions often embrace “global citizenship” and “international engagement” in their mission statements, but definitions and practical strategies are not always agreed upon or made explicit. Moreover, the role of language study and use is often entirely absent from the conversation or mentioned as an essentially meaningless requirement with no strategy for integration with the rest of the curriculum.

In 2002, Drake University drew national attention for creating a unique and experimental environment for language acquisition.  As a site of innovation in practice and delivery, Drake University offers an appropriate venue for a lively discussion and debate about the future of languages in the curriculum, methods for promoting meaningful language use beyond the language classroom, and CLAC’s role in developing engaged and globally-minded citizens. 

We invite proposals for papers (30 min presentation, including 10 min Q&A) or panels (90 min total, including 30 min Q&A) or poster presentations on any issue relating to CLAC.

Keynotes include:
Richard Kiely, Director of Engaged Learning + Research at Cornell University.
Dawn Michele Whitehead
, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change in the Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons at AAC&

SUNY COIL Conference webcast 4/25 & 4/26

Invitation to Free Webcast of the 10th Anniversary COIL Conference

More Info and to Register?


Please email

April 25, 2016: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NYC EDT Time

Monday Webcast Agenda

April 26, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. NYC EDT Time

Tuesday Webcast Agenda

For more info about the Conference please visit:

The 10th Anniversary COIL Conference is again booked to capacity. In order to allow individuals across the world who may not be able to attend for geographic, financial, political, or other reasons to benefit from the many informative sessions on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)* at the conference, the SUNY COIL Center will again be:

  • Offering a free live webcast of all plenary sessions and two presentations during each breakout session
  • Recording all conference sessions to be made available as a video archive on the COIL Center website

The SUNY COIL Center’s annual conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together nearly 400 professors, international programs staff, instructional technologists, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to share innovative models and best practices.

2016 COIL Conference Webcast Sessions Include

Opening Plenary Session

  • Welcome Remarks from CUNY’s Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita C. Rabinowitz
  • The COIL Story: A Reflection: The COIL Story: What we have done and why is it important?, Jon Rubin, Director, SUNY COIL Center (United States)
  • Keynote Address:  Globally Networked Learning for a Planet in Peril: Where Do We Go Now?, Doreen Starke-Meyerring, Associate Professor, McGill University (Canada)
  • Panel Discussion: What has changed, what have we learned and where do we go now? – An interaction with our audience

Day 2 Plenary Sessions

  • Town Hall Meeting – How to Support Growth of COIL Initiatives Across the USA and Abroad
  • Welcome Remarks from SUNY’s Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher
  • Keynote Address:  Higher Education in a Shared World Susan Buck Sutton, Senior Advisor for International Initiatives, Bryn Mawr College
  • An Introduction to the Stevens Initiative by Henry Shepherd, Assistant Director of the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative, Aspen Institute
  • Panel Discussion: Where is COIL practice going? What funders are supporting COIL and Virtual Exchange, and what higher education institutions are adopting the model?

16 Breakout Sessions Including

  • Institutionalizing COIL through Collaboration Across a System
  • The Good, the Bad and the New! COIL-ing Over Time
  • COIL experiences enhanced by organically emerged mobility components
  • COIL: Creating Access to Global Learning for All
  • SUNY COIL Center Turkey Hub and Course Development Initiative: From Catering to Cartography: Against all odds!
  • Getting COIL to stick on your campus
  • COIL and the West Virginia Higher Education Trade Mission Model
  • Dragon Tales: Lessons learnt from multiple COIL courses taught at a 4-year institution

For a detailed webcast agenda and session abstracts please visit

For a decade the SUNY COIL Center has been reimagining education as a globally networked phenomenon. Collaborative Online International Learning* links faculty across borders to co-create learning environments in which students gain valuable digital and cross-cultural competencies through collaboration with international peers. We have in parallel expanded the landscape of higher education institutions at SUNY, across the US and the world who are internationalizing their curricula by implementing the COIL model to benefit their students, as well as their faculty and staff.

Our own networks have grown from a handful of loosely participating campuses in 2006 to over 50 committed member institutions working to normalize this model. At this, our tenth anniversary conference, we gather together to reflect on the evolution of the field, to celebrate accomplishments, to welcome new practitioners to our networks, and to investigate what new directions the next ten years may bring.

*COIL is used to refer to pedagogical activities using technology to link classrooms and students in geographically distant locations through coursework. Other terms describing such activities are virtual exchange, virtual mobility, globally networked learning, telecollaboration, and online intercultural exchange.


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