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IIGE Mission

The Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE) aims to build new ties and strengthen those existing between Japanese and higher education institutions all over the world. Using widely-available technology, students and faculty will work together across borders by applying the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) method. IIGE will serve to generate new partnerships by introducing this mode of virtual collaboration, in particular with higher education institutions in the United States through the U.S- Japan COIL Initiative.

What is COIL?

The COIL method is a cost-effective method of expanding global learning opportunities for greater numbers of higher education students. COIL is an innovative pedagogy involving collaborative teaching and learning in two or more countries facilitated by online communication that has been developed and promoted by the State University of New York (SUNY) COIL Center. Delivering global learning and intercultural experience to greater numbers of Japanese students has been a priority of Kansai University, and IIGE seeks to expand this through COIL promotion and delivery, with the COIL approach being affordable, accessible, and scalable. In practice, COIL involves faculty from Japanese and other universities collaborating with their Japanese counterparts to develop joint syllabi, and students in the two countries then work together to complete assignments that meet shared learning objectives.

IIGE Associates

IIGE is collaborating with the following associate partners in each aspect of the project.

IIGE Associates

Training Program & Quality Assurance

Innovative pedagogy using COIL method and supports for its implementation in class.

Materials and Webinar Development

kumamoto-University
Research Center for Instructional Systemsty
Collaborating with each university conducting on site “know-how” training and seminars for faculty members interested in implementing COIL in their course. And students in the two countries then work together to complete assignments that meet shared learning objectives.

Content Development and Trouble Shooting

SUNY
  • Creating training content that meets the needs of Japanese institutions based on the COIL Faculty Guide developed by the SUNY COIL Center.
  • Providing know-how consultation for faculty members at each university when problems occur during COIL projects.

Program Advancement

Improvement of student’s mobility program through COIL practice and co-development of the next generation of international education beyond COIL.

Educational Quality Assurance and Credits Compatibility

International General Secretariat Secretariat Toyo University

Co-development of the Next Generation on International Education:

  • UMAP-COIL Joint Honors Program

    UMAP-COIL Joint Honors Program
    The first program will be started in 2019 for about 2 weeks (enhanced with COIL virtual lectures by experts from Japan and the US, and virtual learning between students from both countries).

  • UMAP-COIL Joint Advanced Placement (AP) Program

    UMAP-COIL Joint Advanced Placement (AP) Program
    High school students may enroll virtually through the COIL method in courses at US universities via UMAP. When they enter university these credits will be available for transfer through UCTS.

Research

Assessments for COIL projects in student’s learning outcome (language learning and intercultural learning) and COIL Plus mobility impact.

Survey Analysis

COIL-BEVI Project

「COIL-BEVI Project」
Collaborate in COIL-BEVI Project to analyze students' COIL learning outcomes and COIL Plus Mobility impact.

Study abroad programs

Offer Facilitates:

  • Study abroad programs
  • Internships
  • Customized outbound programs
Evaluates and assesses learning outcomes
  • Ciee

    Promotes student mobility and evaluates COIL project's impact.

  • Coil

    Investigates language skills progress acquired in COIL and COIL Plus programs through language testing such as TOEFL, OPIC, and others.

  • Coil

    Offers pre and post-COIL testing and post COIL Plus program testing.

Promotion

Dissemination of COIL method among higher education institutions in Japan and U.S.

US Counterpart and Mobility Support

US Counterpart and Mobility Support

Develops website for faculty members interested in doing COIL who are looking for a partner university.

COIL support

US Counterpart and Mobility Support

Utilizes university network to disseminate information about COIL to faculty members and universities not yet familiar with COIL.

Development

Development of the Next Generation COIL

  • Panasonic

    Liaise with Panasonic for hardware and software in technological support and to determine the appropriate system for COIL.

  • ANA

    Acting private sector advisor for the practical use of human resource qualities fostered through COIL programs as proposed in the platform mission and activities, collaborating in career development for the next generation.

Meet The Team

The IIGE team is a diverse team of faculty members and administrative staff. The team focuses on working collaboratively, drawing together each other's skills, experience and strengths to deliver the best possible COIL projects and beyond.

  • Takao Fujita, Ph.D.
    Director
    Takao Fujita, Ph.D.

    Takao Fujita, Ph.D.

    Director

    Takao Fujita, Ph.D.

    Dean, Division of International Affairs Vice President KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Takao Fujita is a Professor at the Faculty of Letters. His current duties include Dean for Division of International Affairs, and Vice President for Kansai University. Recently he has taken the role as Director for the newly established Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE) under the Inter-University Exchange Project funded by MEXT, 2018-2022 ("COIL Plus Program to Develop Global Career Mindset"). His research field is ancient Chinese history, focusing on the history of the Qin and Han dynasties, and he is working on reconstructing the image of the ancient empire using primary sources such as wood slips and stelae inscriptions. In recent years, he has expanded his research field to include the formation of modern historiography in Japan and China, comparative study of wood slips in East Asia, and the history of military institutions.

  • Keiko Ikeda, Ph.D.
    Vice-Director/Principal Project Manager
    Keiko Ikeda, Ph.D.

    Keiko Ikeda, Ph.D.

    Vice-Director
    /Principal Project Manager

    Keiko Ikeda, Ph.D.

    Professor, Division of International Affairs KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Keiko Ikeda is a Professor in the Division of International Affairs, and KU-COIL Coordinator at Kansai University. Recently, she has taken the role as the principal project manager for the Inter-University Exchange Project funded by MEXT, 2018-2022 ("COIL Plus Program to Develop Global Career Mindset"). Keiko is Vice-Director for the newly established organization at Kansai University, Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE). She has a Ph.D. from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, specializing in Japanese linguistics, foreign language education, and conversation analysis. Her interests in the international education field are internationalization at home, constructing active learning programs collaborating with universities overseas. Keiko also plays a vital role in another line of the on-going government-funded project, SUCCESS-Osaka Project (2017-2021). It promotes the employability of international students who have studied in Japan.

  • Don Bysouth, Ph.D.
    Specially Appointed Associate Professor for COIL Initiative
    Don Bysouth, Ph.D.

    Don Bysouth, Ph.D.

    Specially Appointed Associate Professor for COIL Initiative

    Don Bysouth, Ph.D.

    KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Don holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Murdoch University, Australia. His research has explored a range of social psychological themes and topics with a common focus on analyzing human social interaction. Don has worked at universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Japan with extensive experience in developing, implementing, and assessing university level programs delivered at both undergraduate and graduate levels. His current work seeks to further develop and promote a range of COIL related activities in Japan and Internationally.

  • Elvita Wiasih
    Specially Appointed Assistant Professor for COIL Initiative
    Elvita Wiasih

    Elvita Wiasih

    Specially Appointed Assistant Professor for COIL Initiative

    Elvita Wiasih

    KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Elvita received her master's degree from Nagoya University in Japanese linguistics specializing in second language acquisition and teaching Japanese as a foreign language. Prior to pursuing her study in Japan, she taught Japanese at the University of Al Azhar Indonesia, Jakarta-Indonesia. Her areas of interests are computer-assisted language learning, technology-enhanced learning, intercultural communication, and foreign language education. Her current work involves managing COIL courses in Kansai University such as finding a partner for COIL courses, assisting faculty members planning, designing and implementing their COIL courses, creating video tutorials for COIL contents, and many more.

  • Michele Fujii
    Specially Appointed IIGE Coordinator
    Michele Fujii

    Michele Fujii

    Specially Appointed IIGE Coordinator

    Michele Fujii

    KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Michele holds a master’s degree in Japanese Language and Culture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research areas of interest are transculturation and the internationalization of universities and vocational schools in Japan. She has worked as a freelance translator, an editor for Japanese-language textbooks in Boston, and taught English in Shiga Prefecture with the JET Program. Currently, she assists in the coordination and promotion of the COIL Initiative at Kansai University, facilitating Japan-US communication.

  • Sajjad Pouromid, Ph.D.
    Specially Appointed Assistant Professor for COIL Initiative
    Sajjad Pouromid, Ph.D.

    Sajjad Pouromid, Ph.D.

    Specially Appointed Assistant Professor for COIL Initiative

    Sajjad Pouromid, Ph.D.

    KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Sajjad Pouromid has a Ph.D. in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) from Arak University, Iran, and a second Ph.D. in transformative education from Osaka University, Japan. Sajjad’s current research interests include ethnomethodological and conversation analytic studies of social interaction with a focus on interactions taking place in technology-mediated learning environments. He is also interested in promoting internationalization in higher education through collaborative online international learning (COIL) and the use of ICT tools. He has taught COIL courses at Kansai University since 2016 collaborating with universities from Asia, Europe, and America.

  • Jiun-Yan (JY) Wu
    Specially Appointed Assistant Professor for COIL Initiative
    Jiun-Yan (JY) Wu

    Jiun-Yan (JY) Wu

    Specially Appointed Assistant Professor for COIL Initiative

    Jiun-Yan (JY) Wu

    KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Jiun-Yan (JY) Wu received his MBA degree from the Cambridge Judge Business School. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Economics at Kyoto University. His research interests are in the areas of computer modeling and simulations, multilevel team dynamics, and team performance. He has worked in the corporate world for many years in Taiwan, the U.S., Singapore, and China with broad experience in designing, developing, and implementing corporate level initiatives. His current focus is on driving forward the COIL initiative at Kansai University

  • Izumi Wada
    Specially Appointed COIL Plus Program Coordinator
    Izumi Wada

    Izumi Wada

    Specially Appointed COIL Plus Program Coordinator

    Izumi Wada

    KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Izumi holds a master’s degree in English Language Education from Ritsumeikan University. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she began working in a corporate position but returned to school to pursue a career in education, acquiring a teaching license through distance learning while working at a cram school. Currently, she works as a specially appointed COIL Plus Program coordinator at IIGE, assisting with student mobility programs at Kansai University. Her research areas of interest are international education, English linguistics, and Japanese linguistics.