The AHEA+ISEP Academy is an exclusive program for the ISEP Community that provides structured mentoring and best practices provided by Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and virtual exchange experts. Selected participants will design or enhance a course they will teach collaboratively.

Working within a small cohort of ISEP Academy Fellows, participants will be matched with collaborators and mentored through the process of designing a COIL/virtual exchange course using the InspirED™ platform.

Topics in this 8-week Academy include an overview of the COIL methodology; the virtual exchange course planning process, including what barriers to anticipate and how to overcome them; how to use the InspirED™ platform to collaborate and develop your course; additional tools and technologies to make your virtual exchange an engaging experience for your students; and an individual review of and feedback on your course syllabus, identified learning outcomes and activities.

Due to limited space, this exclusive benefit requires the submission of an application.

Please be advised that you must join AHEA prior to applying to the AHEA+ISEP Academy.

Mentorship & Instruction

The AHEA+ISEP Academy will be led by a COIL expert trainer. COIL expert trainers specialize in international education and its corresponding technology. Their contributions support AHEA’s mission to promote and facilitate opportunities in higher education that advance the global learning experience.


Applicants should be prepared to create or enhance a course that incorporates collaborative online learning through a COIL module. The course will include students from two different institutions in two different countries working together. This can be added to a class you already teach or it can be a new class you design in partnership with your assigned colleague. Applicants are not required to hold a Ph.D. or be tenured/tenure-track. We will consider adjuncts and doctoral students who are in teaching positions.


  • Individualized mentorship
  • Training on designing and creating a COIL course
  • Increased international engagement for you and your students
  • Badge on AHEA’s InspirED™ platform confirming completion of program and certification from the Academy

Academy Dates and Time Commitment

  • The Academy will begin the week of March 4 and run for 8 weeks.
  • The Academy will include 8 live training sessions, scheduled to accommodate multiple time zones, over 8 weeks. After being selected for the Academy, participants will be polled about their availability. Each live session will be approximately 75 minutes in length and will include all Academy participants. COIL expert trainers will set specific milestones for each session.
  • Participants should plan to commit 75 minutes each week to attending live sessions. In addition, COIL expert trainers will establish separate meetings for the faculty pairs to design and research their course.
  • COIL expert trainers will be available to provide additional support and guidance after the end of the Academy as needed.

Application Process

  • Submit an application, which will ask for your contact information, a copy of your CV, a brief statement of interest, and your availability during the Academy dates.
  • Applications are due Monday, February 5.
  • 20 individuals will be selected for the Academy.
  • Faculty Fellows will be informed of their acceptance into the Academy the week of February 19.
  • All Academy participants are expected to join AHEA. Memberships are complimentary and provide access to AHEA’s InspirED™ platform.

Selection Process

A selection committee comprised of academics and professional staff from the ISEP Community will review all applicants and select participants for the Academy. The committee will consider applicants’ interest in collaborative teaching, ability to teach a collaborative course, commitment to attending live sessions of the Academy, and geographic diversity. The selection committee will also consider the potential to pair participants for courses based on their disciplines. Cross-disciplinary coursework is encouraged.

For those not selected for the Academy, we do encourage you to apply in the future. The AHEA+ISEP Academy will be offered twice yearly during the Northern Hemisphere spring and fall.

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Have Questions?

For more information on AHEA+ISEP Academy and the application process, please contact Michael Alijewicz at ISEP.