Internationalization is a key initiative at Shoreline
Community College and James Jansen, the new Vice President for Academic and
Student Affairs, is fitting right in.
Jansen was a presenter on Feb. 20, 2013, at the Association
of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference in New
Orleans. Along with two co-presenters, Jansen spoke on “Re-Imagining
Internationalization for a Networked World: The COIL Institute for Globally
Networked Learning in the Humanities.”
COIL, or Collaborative Online International Learning, is the
focus of a center based in Manhattan at the State University of New York system’s
Global Center. The COIL Center works with a network of colleges and universities
in New York, including Jansen’s former school, Corning Community College in
Corning, NY. Jansen joined Shoreline this past summer.
Jansen’s presentation focused on how faculty can help students
develop meaningful cultural interactions across borders by building classes in
which both faculty and students can communicate and interact with international
partners at other colleges using digital means.
Jansen views that goal as much the same as Shoreline’s
campus internationalization effort to bring global awareness and globally competitive
skills to both domestic and international students.
The AIEA, formed in November 1982, is composed of
institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of
COIL is working to develop and implement online
collaborative international courses that can be team taught as a format for deepening
cross-cultural learning and understanding.