Collaborative Online International Learning
You can have a global engagement experience without leaving Waco by taking business classes with a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) component. Currently, some sections of INB 3333: Doing Business Across Cultures and MGT 4305: Principled Leadership partner with Compassion International in a program called The Exchange to collaborate with college students in Kenya. The goal is to enhance both sets of participants’ learning of international business, leadership, culture, and ethics.
Each Baylor student in these COIL classes is paired with a Compassion participant and Kenyan student on a WhatsApp channel to communicate through text, photos, and videos directly. They also collaborate via Zoom during class meetings. All participants receive a cross-cultural communication experience to expand their knowledge of the globally diverse and interconnected world.
This unique educational opportunity allows Baylor students to connect with a peer from a different culture and gain global exposure. Baylor students receive credit toward the Global Engagement Certificate in Business and Exchange micro-credentials to enhance their resumes and LinkedIn profiles.
Compassion is a global, faith-based 501© (3) working in 27 countries to release children from poverty. All work is done through partnerships with over 8,000 local churches that tailor Compassion’s holistic child development model to the contextualized needs of the children in their communities. Compassion primarily works through child sponsorship but also has specific initiatives to help babies and mothers, develop future leaders, and meet critical needs.
If you’re interested in taking one of these COIL classes, email the McBride Center at McBride_Center@baylor.edu for more information.
What Baylor Students Say
“It has challenged me to open my eyes to global perspectives.”
“I have learned about how, culturally, we are more similar than I thought we would be.”
“It has shown me that you have to look outside your cultural bubble to gain a better perspective of the world.”
“I have learned to open my mind to different people, ideas and cultures.”
“I live with more humility and am more curious about the world around me.”