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Internationalising student education at Leeds


Internationalising student education at Leeds through embedding Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Martin Ward - East Asian Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Ayako Yoshino - East Asian Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Eve Smith - Language Centre

Project overview

This project is researching barriers to COIL perceived by academics at Leeds and elsewhere and also the perspectives of students at Leeds regarding the potential for, and value of, embedding COIL at scale into the curriculum. The existing and growing body of literature has clearly demonstrated the benefits of COIL for students but awareness of this methodology at our institution, and as a result implementation, is limited. This project seeks to identify the reasons for this and facilitate broader uptake.

The research approach

As we seek to enable students to graduate equipped to make a difference as true global citizens, this inclusive pedagogic methodology has the potential to foster an international outlook and mindset across disciplines without the requirement for mobility. This research will dig into the question of what it means, in practical terms, to raise up global citizens, and for our students to have an ‘international’ perspective, and lead to the development of concrete ways in which students’ preparation for becoming global citizens can be significantly strengthened.

To find out more about the project please contact Martin Ward / Ayako Yoshino / Eve Smith

Each fellowship has a project sponsor that helps the fellows achieve impact across the institution. The sponsors for this fellowship are Margaret Korosec and Phil Vincent.

Project start date: September 2023