Global Partnerships: Virtual Exchange and COIL

When we think of global education, we tend to think of mobility – such as exchange programs or study abroad. However, as the world increasingly becomes equipped technologically for collaborative exchange in a virtual setting, educators are beginning to think of global education in a different way.

Virtual exchange and collaborative programming offers an accessible, equitable, and sustainable alternative or supplement to global education offerings.


This process starts when a faculty member from Tompkins Cortland and an institution outside of the United States decide to collaborate together on a project, activity, module, or other component in both of their classes to be completed by all students during a particular semester. The classes do not need to be in the same subject or level in order to collaborate, however there should be a common language between all students and faculty (commonly English).

Student Alumnus-COIL


As a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, TC3 belongs to the SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) network as well. Our experienced COIL coordinator is ready to help answer your questions about COIL and how to use it in your class.

The VINE (Virtual INternational Exchange) Program

Starting in Spring 2021, Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Global Initiatives office will facilitate training and partner pairing for interested TC3 faculty and any faculty from our partner institutions. This training will be provided for free as part of our Internationalization at Home initiative, covering the keys to designing and integrating an accessible, equitable, and engaging virtual exchange experience in your courses with a partner.

The program begins in the Spring 2021 semester and will welcome a cohort of 6-10 faculty members to learn in carefully designed modules. Beginning in week four, participants will be paired up for the remaining two weeks of the program. This is a formative workshop designed to give constructive feedback to participants in order to prepare them for their first international exchange activity, expected to take place in Fall 2021.

Spring 2021 Program Dates: 

Module 1: March 1

Module 2: March 8

Module 3: March 15

Module 4: March 22


Module 5: May 3

Module 6: May 10

Interested TC3 and foreign faculty should email Global Initiatives at for additional information.