Networking and Partnership Development Initiative (NPDI)
The UMAP Networking and Partnership Development Initiative began in 2021. The original initiative, a two-part virtual program, was launched in September 2021 with a networking and matchmaking activity for participating member institutions. The program continues in 2022-2023 with new content and opportunities!
2022-23 Program Outline
For the 2022 program, UMAP member faculty and administrators were invited to participate in two virtual networking sessions over Zoom. One session used the “Twine for Zoom” App for one-to-one speed networking meetings. The second session allowed participants to select and join small groups for facilitated conversations. Participants were encouraged to follow up with their networking partners to explore possibilities for collaborative activities.
In Phase 2 of the initiative, interested participants are invited to apply for the “UMAP-COIL Training Program” a three-week online Introduction to COIL course, offered by Keiko IKEDA, Professor / Vice-Director, Kansai University’s Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE) and trusted training experts.
The program is co-sponsored by the BC Council for International Education.
This program will cover topics such as: Introduction to COIL, overview of technology and tools, designing a course, and evaluation. The course will take place from January 16-February 3, 2023 and will include three mandatory synchronous 90-minute classes:
- Thursday January 19 (4:30pm, Vancouver / 6:30pm, Mexico City / 9:30pm Santiago) / Friday January 20 (6:00am, Delhi /7:30am, Surabaya/ 8:30am, Manila / 9:30am, Tokyo)
- Thursday January 26 (4:30pm, Vancouver / 6:30pm, Mexico City / 9:30pm Santiago) / Friday January 27 (6:00am, Delhi /7:30am, Surabaya/ 8:30am, Manila / 9:30am, Tokyo
- Thursday February 2 (4:30pm, Vancouver / 6:30pm, Mexico City / 9:30pm Santiago) / Friday February 3 (6:00am, Delhi /7:30am, Surabaya/ 8:30am, Manila / 9:30am, Tokyo)
All interested faculty, staff, and administrators from UMAP member institutions are invited to apply. A maximum of 80 participants can be included in the course, therefore, we may not be able to include all applicants. The deadline for applications is December 2, 2022. Selected applicants will be informed by December 19, 2022.
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The final phase of the 2022 Initiative will be offered only to those participants who successfully complete Phase 2. It will involve a hands-on COIL development seminar, for partners to work on creating a course together, with expert guidance and mentorship. Phase 3 is scheduled for April 2023.
2021 Program Summary
In the 2021 program, a total of 227 faculty and staff from 13 countries and representing 51 higher education institutions applied to participate in Phase 1 of the program. A matchmaking algorithm identified the 120 applicants with the strongest potential matches and these participants were invited to online networking sessions on Zoom.
At the Zoom meetings, the cohorts split into small groups, with facilitators who introduced questions to guide the discussion within these groups. The questions were designed to identify common interests and values from the participants. Everyone who took part was encouraged to get in touch with others to continue the conversation and explore the potential for further collaboration, focusing on developing Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses, modules, or collaborative activities.
For the second part of the Initiative, UMAP collaborated with the American Higher Education Alliance (AHEA) to allow 7 pairs of selected UMAP participants to access AHEA’s InspirED platform, designed for collaborative curriculum development and virtual exchange, which the UMAP members could use at no cost to create COIL course content. Additionally, they were offered professional development and a training seminar, as well as mentorship in best practices for collaborative online learning