Practice Reports

Facilitated COIL conversational model: a virtual exchange between a private university in the US and a teacher college in South Sudan




teacher education, women's empowerment, African educational institutions, collaborative online international learning, pedagogy of hope


This practice report explores a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) course focused on awareness and esteem development for women teachers in South Sudan and volunteers associated with a US-based university. Pedagogy of hope was utilized as an educational tool for implementation and evaluation. Assessments of this COIL course focused on data from exit tickets and a final writing assignment. Self-perceptions of the participating teachers were analyzed based on their sense of preparedness, confidence, comfort levels with the class, and any impact the course had on teachers’ sense of teaching as a personal calling. Practitioners and teaching professionals interested in international virtual exchange will find key takeaways related to building partnerships starting with low-stakes initiatives and using COIL to help ignite advances in digital maturity in South Sudan.

Author Biography

Candace D. Bloomquist, Creighton University

Candace D. Bloomquist, PhD, Associate Professor in the Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership Program at Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA. 
Candace brings her health promotion experience to Creighton’s Interdisciplinary Leadership program to help individuals who long to affect lasting and meaningful change in their communities, workplaces, and beyond find elegant solutions.





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