Once the COIL project has been designed, the course ideally starts with a kick-off meeting for all those involved, i.e. with the teachers and students from both universities.
Here, the sequence of events, the deadlines and the concrete tasks for the COIL course are presented.
Next, the virtual tandems or teams are formed during team building. Here it is important that the student cohorts are mixed to ensure intercultural communication. Ideally, virtual ice-breaker games are used, which makes it easier for the students to get to know each other. A collection on virtual ice-breakers can be found here.
After the groups or tandems have been formed, the international collaborative project work begins, in which the teams work on the task and are accompanied virtually by the teachers. This can be done, for example, through feedback in virtual meetings.
The teamwork culminates in a joint presentation of the results at the end of the course. This can be done digitally, in presence or in a blended format. If teachers and students want to get to know each other in person, e.g. in the context of a joint final event, funding opportunities must be sought.