SUNY Ulster Instructional Designer Hope Windle has been chosen as one of 10 people in the SUNY system to attend the Foreign Policy Association World Leadership Forum Dinner with H.E. Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico taking place on September 19, 2016.
Hosted by the Foreign Policy Association and coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly, the World Leadership Forum is one of the foremost public forums on global affairs. Over the years, chief executive officers, heads of government and state, investors and policy makers have participated to discuss and exchange views on global trends and issues that will shape business and foreign policy agendas.
SUNY Ulster and Ms. Windle’s leadership role in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), the emerging field of globally networked learning, which is not a technology, but is a new teaching and learning paradigm that develops student cross-cultural competence in shared multi-cultural learning environments is the impetus for the invitation. COIL fosters meaningful exchanges between faculty and students with peers abroad through Internet-based tools.
COIL classes allow students to study with students from other countries without the cost of travel. These classes use Internet-based tools like Skype and Moodle to connect with students from other institutions around the globe. Students from partnering colleges in other countries enroll in shared courses with faculty members from each country co-teaching and managing the coursework.
SUNY Ulster has developed many dynamic overseas partnerships with not only Mexico, but with Brazil, Scotland, and the Netherlands, among others. We offer COIL classes in many of our programs. Participating in a COIL class provides students with experiences sought after by employers as well as transfer colleges and universities. SUNY Ulster currently has 7 collaborations with Mexican Institutions involving 280 US and Mexican students.