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VE/COIL Transformation Lab Moves to AAC&U

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the American Council on Education (ACE) have transitioned the Virtual Exchange/Collaborative Online International Learning (VE/COIL) Transformation Lab from ACE to AAC&U. The lab has been relaunched under a new initiative, VE/COIL.

VE/COIL is an innovative approach to higher learning, involving partnerships between higher ed institutions around the world to link students and classrooms. Curricula are co-designed and co-taught by teachers in various disciplines. These courses expose students to multicultural experiences and diverse perspectives in various subjects. Increased opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration also benefit teachers and staff.

Criteria for a VE/COIL project call for a faculty member to pair with an international partner to co-design, co-implement and evaluate a VE/COIL course. An instructional designer helps determine the best technology to accomplish course goals. Administrators support the faculty and seek opportunities to build international partnerships to promote the VE/COIL method within the institution and abroad.

ACE President Ted Mitchell said his organization is "grateful to AAC&U for its commitment to advancing this vital work. I am confident that under AAC&U's leadership this will continue to be an increasingly significant part of the educational tool kit at institutions throughout this country."

Visit the AAC&U VE/COIL web page to learn more.

About the Author

Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher and college English teacher.

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