Jon Rubin, grundare av SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (The COIL Center) och konsult för COIL-interested universities hävdar att distansutbildning och online utbildning idag enbart är envägs kommunikation. Dvs det är kurser som erbjuds från ett lärosäte och med det lärosätes akademiker och professorer. Han säger att:
”Today, most online, blended and distance learning course models are uni-directional. That is, an institution, a program or a professor builds a course and makes it available to his or her students. These students can respond to the online content provided to them, but their local knowledge is usually not sought out, nor can they easily discuss their cultural perspective regarding the topics at hand because very few online courses see intercultural exchange as a goal or learning objective. Therefore, most online courses do not serve to deeply connect the world, any more than does television.”
Därför hävdar han att vi genom COIL kan göra mer:
Instead, they broadcast the concepts of the course producer to others – irrespective of who and where their students are. We can do more and we should do more to build true online bridges to other cultures and we can accomplish that through COIL linkages.”
”COIL is an emerging pedagogy which re-purposes online education so that it serves a new goal – that of providing meaningful international experiences for university students. Many students will have careers in which they must work with other nationalities or with clients or partners in other countries, often at a distance or as part of virtual teams. But very few institutions teach the skills needed to be successful in this emerging workplace.”
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JonRubin kommer att vara på plats på ICDEs världskonferens 2017 i Toronto och ett nätverk med COIL advocate har redan bildats.