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About IIGE

Kansai University has been at the forefront of COIL initiatives in Japan and has recently been awarded significant funding from Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) under the Inter-University Exchange Project –Supporting Exchange with U.S. Universities Using COIL-style Education–. As the successful recipient of this funding, Kansai University is launching a new Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE). IIGE will act as the platform for COIL initiative in Japan for this MEXT project. One of its main goals is to promote exchange between students in Japan and U.S. to strengthen relations between the two countries.

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.

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.

Connecting Japan and the World

gateway
  • Facilitating seminars and workshops that provide networking opportunities between institutions in Japan and the U.S.
  • Consulting related to international education for U.S. institutions.

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Language Learning Focused COIL (LLC)
  • Coordination of Language Learning Focused COIL(LLC) infrastructure to provide enriched cross-cultural learning opportunities for both Japanese and U.S. students
  • Engagement with institutional and organizational partners who wish to join the LLC practice

COIL Connect


Connecting Institutions for COIL-related Projects
  • A free directory, a resource and a connection hub open to all institutions engaged in COIL Virtual Exchange.
  • A project of the COIL Virtual Exchange Foundation, Inc. (CVEF)

Latin American COIL

Latin American COIL

The Latin American COIL Network is an interdisciplinary network focused on the development of Collaborative Online International Learning methodology at a higher education level. It is being formed by Latin American universities and institutions around the world that are integrating COIL methodology in courses and wish to do research in this area.

OIE(Online International Education) Research Society

OIE(Online International Education) Research Society

The OIE(Online International Education) Research Society will develop an educational model for blended mobility that is compatible with the infrastructure of higher education in Japan on a trial basis, and begin verifying the results through demonstration experiments, which will be made public. By 2026, the Society will establish itself as a research organization that plays a leading role in innovation in international educational practice in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

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.

Development of international essential education programs

Crossing institutional boundaries through COIL/Virtual Exchange for university lecturers and students in Japan and abroad

This is a COIL program to be jointly owned and implemented by multiple universities participating from Japan and abroad rather than the standard COIL courses. Rather than opening up subjects owned by specific universities, we propose a co-ownership type of educational program where participating institutions become multiple owners.

Improving the ability of COIL instructors

COIL training for Main Facilitators selected by self-recommendation or other recommendation from participating universities

This is a training program for instructors to provide high quality educational activities for the global student population. The goal is not only to provide online and DX-based educational activities, but also to provide a high level of education, including the development of intercultural competence, which is at the core of COIL. IIGE (Kansai University) will provide training to J-MCP lecturers based on its experience in sharing knowledge from numerous COIL/VE cases. Those who have completed the training program can obtain certification through the digital certification.

Japan-Multilateral COIL/VE Project

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
  • ETS

    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.

  • 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.

  • Eko Heru Prasetyo
    Specially Appointed Assistant Professor for COIL Initiative
    Eko Heru Prasetyo

    Eko Heru Prasetyo

    Specially Appointed Assistant Professor for COIL Initiative

    Eko Heru Prasetyo

    KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Eko Heru Prasetyo holds two master's degrees: Master of Science in Accounting from University Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, and Master of Economics from Kyoto University. He has been pursuing doctoral at an international program, East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies, under The Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University. His research interests include digital entrepreneurship, start-ups creation, and platforms' strategies in emerging markets. With a four-year working experience in the journalism and media industry, he is passionate about communication skills and global collaborative learning. He effectively joins IIGE from Spring Semester 2022 and is responsible for Industries in Japan, ICT Education, ASEAN Studies, and Business SDGs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rob Kuipers
    Specially Appointed IIGE Coodinator
    Rob Kuipers

    Rob Kuipers

    Specially Appointed IIGE Coodinator

    Rob Kuipers

    KANSAI UNIVERSITY

    Rob holds a master's degree in global environmental studies from Kyoto University, with a specialization in environmental education. His research areas of interest are international education and education for sustainability. Rob has worked as a research assistant for various projects at universities and international organisations in Japan. Currently, he works as a specially appointed coordinator at IIGE, assisting with the development and support of COIL classes at Kansai University.