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Monday, 19 November 2018

Connecting students through COIL

CONNECTED: Ephias Ruhode, Associate Professor: Transdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Informatics and Design, demonstrates how the new equipment can be used. CONNECTED: Ephias Ruhode, Associate Professor: Transdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Informatics and Design, demonstrates how the new equipment can be used.

Staff, students and international visitors recently celebrated the launch of CPUT’s first Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Venue. 

The modern facility is based in the Engineering Building on the District Six campus and was made possible through the IMPALA project. 

Jon Rubin, who developed the COIL concept, said it is “a way to connect the students in your classroom to the world.”

“It’s an opportunity for your courses to be enhanced through the input of others and for you to contribute to the teaching and learning in other countries.”

Education students and lecturers Felicity Titus and Vanessa van Staden, who were involved in the COIL pilot project between CPUT and the University College of Leuven-Limburg, were given the opportunity to share their experiences.
Four lecturers and 100 students from the two institutions were involved in the project and according to the CPUT lecturers it helped to “broaden the perceptions and worldview of our students”.

The University of Antwerp’s Piet Van Hove, who is the IMPALA coordinator, said the project tries to bring together expertise and experience from the different partners in Europe and South Africa to advance internationalisation in higher education.

The project provided the funding for the video conferencing equipment in the new venue, which will support the COIL methodology.

Prof René Pellissier, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, said One Smart CPUT focuses on the two dimensions of human-centricity and “technology-enabledness” in order to provide a relevant and excellent higher education to our students.

She said COIL is not only about the technology, “it is about a new mind-set of learning in an expanded space where the learning can take place naturally and solutions-oriented, bringing internationalisation to the classroom”.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.