A Guide to COIL Virtual Exchange is presently being co-written and co-edited by Jon Rubin and Sarah Guth. This book is designed to provide detailed guidance for professors, administrators, students and other institutional stakeholders who wish to develop or participate in COIL virtual exchange programs and/or courses. It will be published by Stylus Publishing and has an expected late 2020 release date.

The authors wish to gather rich data around these topics, so they can accurately describe the state of the COIL Virtual Exchange field and highlight good practices for developing successful programs. For that reason, they have formed a team with two research assistants and are working with them to survey the field. If you are interested in participating in this vital survey, or in contributing a case study or writing to the book, please write to jon@coilconsulting.com.

A Guide to COIL Virtual Exchange

Co-Authors and Co-Editors
Jon Rubin was Founder and Director of the SUNY COIL Center from 2006-2017. He directed the National Endowment for the Humanities funded: COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities (2010-13), which COILed 47 U.S. and international universities. He also led the COIL Center’s award program with the American Council for Education (2013-14) and directed the Center’s Stevens Initiative project (2015-17). He is presently Director of COIL Consulting (coilconsult.com) which supports university COIL initiatives worldwide.

Sarah Guth teaches English as a foreign language (EFL) at the University of Padova, Italy. She was the Program Coordinator at the SUNY COIL Center from February 2013 to June 2014. Her research focuses on telecollaboration, intercultural communication, and the normalization of virtual exchange in higher education. She is the President of the UNICollaboration Organisation and project manager for UNICollaboration’s participation in the consortium that is leading the European Commission’s pilot project Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on language learning and testing, computer-mediated communication, intercultural competence, and culture learning and works as an independent contractor to support Virtual Exchange initiatives.


Research Assistants
Kristine Moore is a Research Assistant for the COIL Guidebook project. She is doctoral student in the Education Leadership and Policy program at the University at Albany. Kristine has more than 10 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education. She was influential in the establishment of the joint dual degree program in Computer Science partnership between the University at Albany and Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Kristine also serves as the Institutional Representative for the American Council on Education Women’s Network of New York.

Kasa Wahl-Losee is a Research Assistant for the COIL Guidebook project and veteran Instructional Designer based on Albany, NY. She has designed traditional and online coursework for many top U.S and Canadian institutions as well as numerous industry-leading corporations and educational publishing companies. Her instructional design methodology focuses primarily on cognitive learning theory and practical application, and more recently, applying principles of neuroscience, also known as “brain-based learning” into her design theory. Kasa is also currently pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in International Educational Management from SUNY Albany in order to further understand cultural competence from an educational perspective.