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Page: https://www.hochschule-ruhr-west.de//collaborate-1/translate-to-englisch-internationales/collaborative-online-international-learning-coil/
Date: 04.03.2024, 02:39Clock

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Thinking together - digitally and internationally

HRW Goes COIL is designed to facilitate the development and implementation of COIL-projects at Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences. The university-wide project is supervised by two professors from two different faculties and supported by the International Office. In addition to the five pilot-projects listed below, Ruhr West aims at establishing more COIL-projects in every faculty.

Interested project partners are welcome to contact us at international.office hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de


Responsible Project Coordinators                                      

Prof. Dr. Karla Ohler-Martins Institute of Business Administration Karla.Ohler-Martins hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de
Prof. Dr. Jan Pawlowski Institute of Computer Science Jan.Pawlowski hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de


Project Support

Naema Qurbani International Office - Central Coordination HRW Goes COIL Naema.Qurbani hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de
Lina Dornblüth International Office - Central Coordination HRW Goes COIL lina.dornblueth hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de
Dr. Caroline Hartmann International Office - Central Coordination HRW Goes COIL Caroline.Hartmann hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de


Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a pedagogical method that promotes intercultural exchange by virtual mobility. Using internet-based tools, students and staff connect across borders in a class or educational project which is part of the curriculum. By working together from geographically distant locations and different linguacultural backgrounds, students acquire intercultural competences and experiences across shared learning environments.

COIL involves a structured cooperation between faculty members and students of similar or related disciplines. COIL-projects can take place completely online or be supplemented by physical exchanges (blended programme).

The HRW Goes COIL-Project is an initiative funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to develop and implement COIL projects in all faculties of Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences, as part of the development of its internationalisation strategy. Through this project, Ruhr West organises and participates in COIL projects that aim to provide students with equal and accessible international learning opportunities.





Christiane Hinrichs
Leitung International Office

Dezernat IV
Duisburger Str. 100, 45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr
Building 01

Phone: +49 208 88254-205
Fax: +49 208 88254-219

christiane.hinrichs hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de

COIL-Project in Business Administration

Butterfly - Project: Intercultural Communication in the Context of Sustainable Innovation


Faculty 2 Business Administration
Lead Prof. Dr. Simone Roth
Simone.Roth hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de
Project Partners  
  • Zealand Academy of Technology and Business (Zealand) in Næstved, Denmark
  • Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University (ETU “LETI”) in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Universidad Finis Terrae (UFT) in Santiago de Chile, Chile

Butterfly is an extracurricular international activity based in a curricular module, which takes place in spring of each year and lasts for about 6 weeks. In a combination of workshops, lectures, and teamwork phases, the students follow a problem-based teaching / learning concept, which is finalised in a joint project week. During this final project week, each participating university designs one day by creating tasks around a specific topic.

The objective of this project is to foster 21st century skills such as working collaboratively across countries / cultures, the effective use of technology, problem solving, and communication in diverse teams. Moreover, students deepen their knowledge in methods of diverse topics such as sustainability. The main aim of the Butterfly project is to foster intercultural understanding while at the same time create competences in digital collaborations.

COIL-Project in Management

Strategic Management in Turbulent Times

Faculty 2 Business Administration
Lead Prof. Dr. Isabel Lausberg
Isabel.Lausberg hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de
Project Partners  
  • University of Coventry, Great Britain
  • Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea

In 2020, our first COIL project started as a cooperation between Coventry University in Great Britain and Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences in Muelheim, Germany. In this COIL-Project we realized a virtual student conference on “Strategic Management in Turbulent Times”. In 2021/22 the project was expanded. Students worked together on different topics and questions of strategic management on the topic of “Strategies in a Post-COVID World – Ways out of the Crisis“. At the end of the project a (virtual) student conference was held where the results of the course were presented. The project included 5 jointly organised days plus independent work done by students in mixed groups. The course was conducted as a pure online project. Mutual visits were intended but could not be realized due to the COVID19 - pandemic. The project is part of the curriculum of Ruhr West's Master programmes in Business Administration.


COIL-Project in Mathematics

Boosting Mathematical Reasoning Across Borders

Faculty 4 Institute of Measuring and Sensor Technology & Institute of Natural Sciences

Prof. Dr. Klaus Giebermann

Klaus.Giebermann hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de

Project Partner Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece

This COIL-project focuses on the use of the award-winning MathWeb online platform, developed by Prof. Dr. Giebermann at Ruhr West. By participating in this project, students will be globally engaged at an early career stage and will expand new approaches to digital and collaborative education, learning mathematics in a more dynamic, interactive and motivating context. At the same time they develop a wide set of competences and skills of great value for their incorporation in the job market.

Within the frame of this COIL-project, the use of MathWeb is conceived as a supplemental tool for lectures and other learning activities, in which the mathematical content is previously provided. Students from both universities will team up to explain to their peers the logical path to solve a specific mathematical type of tasks and they will cooperate via MathWeb and other digital tools to solve multiple exercises. The scope is to create positive interdependence between teams, to foster the interaction among students and to guarantee that they are not only able to solve mathematical exercises, but also to understand the logical behind the resolution paths.

This project overview is summarized in the following table:

                                                       COIL Project Overview

Project leader from HRW

Prof. Dr. Klaus Giebermann

Faculty/ Discipline of the proposal´s project leader at HRW

Insitute of Natural Sciences/Applied Mathematics

Contact project leader from HRW

Affiliation: Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences (HRW)

Duisburger Str. 100, 45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Building 01

e-mail address: Klaus.Giebermann@hs-ruhrwest.de


Fundamentals of Mathematics


One or several modules (depending on the curriculum overlap), ranging from quadratic equations to the solution of odes using Laplace-transform

Level of study of participants

Undergraduate, first year, first/second semester. Focused to students requiring fundamental mathematical knowledge

Number of participants

10-15 from each university (depends on enrolment interest)

Faculty/ Subjects of the ideal partner university

Fundamental Mathematics for Engineering or related disciplines



COIL-Project in Civil Engineering


Faculty 3 Institute of Civil Engineering & Institute of Mechanical Engineering

Prof. Dr. Felix Meckmann

Felix.Meckmann hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de

Project Partner  
  • Covenant University, Nigeria
  • FH Joanneum, Graz, Österreich
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen, Deutschland

The "WeBuild2Sustain" project enables students to develop their professional and extracurricular skills by means of a digital learning process that is supported across national borders. In addition to the Institute of Civil Engineering, Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences (Germany), the didactics of civil engineering and the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), the partner universities Department of Building, Covenant University (Nigeria) and Department of Building, Energy and Society, Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Austria) are involved in the project.

The main topics of the online business game are sustainability, life cycle management, local construction processes and materials, and foreign (business) culture. The online offering is based on the construction-specific online business simulation "Chameleon" already developed and used in teaching at the HRW. The goal is for students to acquire the addressed competencies in an action-oriented manner, independent of space and time. Students receive certificates of participation or module certificates with corresponding credit from their home universities. The use of "WeBuild2Sustain" is independent of curricular restrictions. In a cross-disciplinary approach, HRW study programs (Bachelor WingBau, BauIng and Master BauIng) work together with study programs of the partner universities. In a first phase, the conception and further development of the existing simulation game for international use will take place. In a workshop new requirements for "WeBuild2Sustain" at the HRW and at least 2 web meetings will be identified. Subsequently, the subject and media didactic concept will be adapted and technically implemented and tested with the partners. In the second phase, presentation and evaluation will take place. This includes didactic training of teachers, video tutorials, use of the business game in teaching e.g., on the basis of real projects of local practice partners and the subsequent evaluation of the project.


COIL-Project in Computer Science

Digitalisierung in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft

Faculty 1 Institute of Computer Science & Institute of Energy Systems and Energy Management

Prof. Dr. Uwe Handmann   Uwe.Handmann hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de             

Prof. Dr. Sabrina Eimler    Sabrina.Eimler hs-ruhrwest "«@&.de

Project Partner Babeș-Bolyai-University, Cluj, Romania

This COIL project of the Institute of Computer Science is an innovative, digitally supported course format with several individual modules that merge future trends and Sustainable Development Goals into a coherent overall package. For the second time, students from the University of Babeș-Bolyai and HRW met in this module. In November 2021, over 40 students worked in online groups for a week on nine business ideas to promote a sustainable, inclusive digital lifestyle. All teams presented their ideas in a 7-minute pitch. Among other things, they came up with ideas for eliminating the need for returns when ordering clothing and ways to provide better and faster medical care in rural areas.

The individual modules consist of instructive parts, interactive workshops and self-learning material, which are designed by a team of lecturers and research assistants around Prof. Dr. Sabrina Eimler and Prof. Dr. Uwe Handmann. In addition to the topics of gender and diversity in technology development, positive computing, social robotics and virtual and augmented reality, the course also covers the topics of circular value creation and artificial intelligence. It concludes with an idea hackathon. The collaborative online course will be offered again in the summer semester of 2022. At HRW, the course is open to students of all degree programmes at the Institute of Computer Science.