COIL Conversations

COIL Conversation LogoCOIL Conversations is a community-centered webinar series that seeks to stimulate conversation and idea sharing around emerging technologies or pedagogies. Informed by and conducted by the community, these events are billed as “local” conversations among like-minded inquisitive colleagues.

The 1-hour format typically feature a brief presentation followed by a moderator-lead discussion. Many COIL Conversations enable opportunities for both face-to-face and live-streamed interactions. The COIL community is encouraged to suggest topic areas and/or speakers for consideration as a COIL Conversations program.

All COIL Conversations are recorded and archived and can be found on our Youtube Channel. Below you will find a listing of all posts on our website related to COIL Conversations, both past and present. For a list of only upcoming events, please visit

Originally Held: March 20, 2017

In this COIL Conversation, Dr. Antonenko joins us virtually to discuss the pros and cons of using cognitive neuroscience frameworks and methods relative to the study of learning and personalization of education. These frameworks include Electroencephalography (EEG), functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and eye tracking. The focus on the study of learning as a process will… Read more »

Originally Held: March 16, 2017

Exploration and learning about sustainability is a rapidly evolving aspect of undergraduate educational experiences. In this COIL Conversation, Dr. Erica Smithwick discusses the application of two forms of interactive video (tagging, and embedded video quizzes) as a central component to a new, online, general education course at Penn State.

Her team’s tenet is that interactive video… Read more »

Originally Held: March 13, 2017

The sheer volume and force of change on higher education is causing institutions to reassess long standing beliefs and assumptions about the teaching and learning enterprise.

In this COIL Conversation, Kyle Bowen and Kyle Peck, two leaders of educational change and technology, discuss the forces impacting Penn State and how the institution is responding. From 3-D… Read more »

Originally Held: December 1, 2016

Since Google began in January 1996 as a research project by two students at Stanford, the company has changed the way information is curated, discovered, and analyzed. Quickly expanding the range of online services, Google continues to pave the way for advancing content production, sharing, and collaboration.

In this COIL Conversation, we explore the trends and forces of the networked… Read more »

Originally Held: October 18, 2016

The EU funded LoCoMoTion project has been collecting and disseminating information on low-cost techniques for producing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for the past 18 months. This project, led by Brian Mulligan from the Institute of Technology Sligo in Ireland, started the third delivery of it’s own MOOC, “Making MOOCs on a Budget” on the 18th… Read more »