United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship
Open educational resources (OERs) increase access to education and empower students in the learning process. Open pedagogy - a component of OERs - places the student at the center of that learning process in a more engaging, collaborative learning environment in order to achieve social justice in the community. Montgomery College is fully committed to social justice as evidenced by the Academic Master Plan and the Middle States Re-accreditation Self Study. Also see the Academic Affairs Initiatives and Division Goals (PDF, ) .
This Open Pedagogy Fellowship sponsored by ELITE is designed to assist faculty with creating three renewable assignments (all of which will have a Creative Commons license).
Apply now for the Summer 2020 fellowship!
Open educational resources (OER) increase equitable access to education and empower students in the learning process. Open pedagogy – an approach to teaching and learning that draws on OER - places the student at the center of that learning process in a more engaging, authentic, and collaborative learning environment in order to achieve social justice in the community. Montgomery College (MC) in Montgomery County, Maryland (U.S.A.), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in British Columbia (Canada), and Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona) are committed to supporting social justice through this international partnership in which faculty can work across institutions to maximize global impact.
The conceptual framework on which this fellowship is based is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which is a set of 17 goals that address a wide range of social issues, such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and peace and justice. The SDGs are designed to achieve and maintain social justice and a sustainable future, with a target of the year 2030 set for the attainment of each goal.
This fellowship is designed to assist faculty with creating renewable assignments (all of which will carry a Creative Commons license) to help students become agents of change in their own communities. Each fellowship team will begin to design three renewable assignments in Summer 2020. A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during Fall 2020. Faculty will be expected to present on their proposed assignments prior to their deployment. A student showcase will take place during Spring 2021 (tentatively set for Tuesday, February 23, 2021) in which a select number of students will present on how they improved their communities and achieved global justice through the UN SDG framework.
MC fellowship teams must include 2 to 3 instructors from different disciplines and different campuses or institutions so as to maximize student impact. It is anticipated that 10 teams will be selected. Each MC faculty fellow will receive 1 ESH to participate. MC participants will be required to attend four meetings throughout the summer (please no exceptions):
- Tuesday, May 26, Kick-off Meeting, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST, Room TBD
- Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST, Room TBD
- Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST, Room TBD
- Wednesday, August 12, Presentations, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST, Room TBD
MC faculty interested in becoming a UN SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellow should discuss their interest with their chair and dean. If selected, you may be partnered with a faculty member from KPU or Maricopa. Communications with KPU or Maricopa faculty can be done entirely through web conferencing and/or email. Completed applications must be endorsed by the dean and chair to Michael.Mills@montgomerycollege.edu by midnight on March 30, 2020. Faculty will be notified of acceptance into the fellowship the week of April 6, 2020.
For questions, please contact:
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani
Mr. Matthew Bloom | Ms. Deborah Baker | Dr. Carla Ghanem
David Wiley defines renewable assignments as those assignments students complete that add value to their world.
Disposable assignments, according to Wiley, are those that students are likely to throw away once they have been graded. The conceptual framework on which this fellowship is based are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a set of 17 goals that address a wide range of social issues. The SDGs are designed to achieve and maintain social justice.
The creation of renewable assignments will begin in Summer 2019. A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in each of the classes during Fall 2020. A student showcase of selected projects based on the open pedagogy assignments will be held in February 2020.
MC fellowship teams should include 2 to 3 instructors from different disciplines and different campuses so as to maximize student impact. It is anticipated that 10 teams will be selected. Each MC faculty fellow will receive 1 ESH to participate. MC participants will be required to attend a kick-off meeting and three additional meetings throughout the summer (please no exceptions). Summer 2020 dates to be determined.
Sample Assignment Poverty (PDF, )
Sample Assignment Health (PDF, )
Changing Lives (Business, English)
Education Equity (Education, Spanish)
Mental Health (Psychology, ELAP)
- Writing a Proposal (PDF, )
- Creating a Video or Storytelling Essay with Pictures (PDF, )
- Disseminating Knowledge and Raising Awareness (PDF, )
Reducing Inequality in our Community (Communication Studies, Business)
- National Portrait Gallery Assignment (PDF, )
- Social Justice and Entrepreneurships Assignment (PDF, )
- Steps for Successful Service-Learning Assignment (PDF, )
Responsible Production and Consumption (Chemistry, Spanish)
- Photo Journal of Local Recycling Practices of Plastics: Pictures and Thoughts (PDF, )
- Cultivating Responsible Use and Recycling Practices of Plastic Products (PDF, )
- Creative Approaches to Reducing Global Plastic Contamination (PDF, )
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Blankets for Babies (PDF, )
Dentists On the Go (PDF, )
Marine Waste Solutions (PDF, )
Studio Dental (PDF, )
Apparel Industry Pollution (PDF, )
Fast Fashion - Crop to Trash (PDF, )
Food, Science, and Culture
- Iron Deficiency Anemia: An Unaddressed Dilemmanew window (video)
- Quinoa: What is It? What Are Its Production Impacts?new window (video)
At this year’s event, the discussion focused on the concept of Open Pedagogy to explore the opportunities and possibilities open offers for teaching and learning. If you miss the 2019 ELITE Faculty Showcase, you can watch the full showcase videonew window!