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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship

"We The People" for the Global Goals

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, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

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).


MC Fellowship on Open Pedagogy Wins International Award
Open Education Fellowship Award 2020

Montgomery College has been recognized by the Open Education Global consortium (OE Global) for its United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship.

The College was named by the international consortium the winner in the Open Pedagogy category of the 2020 Open Education Awards for Excellence. The fellowship allows faculty to learn more about open pedagogy and how to create open assignments linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

According to OE Global, the award is for "an innovative open teaching practice that incorporates openness in several levels of the learning processes. Engaging not only in the production, use and reuse of content but also promoting effective open teaching practices."

The College has offered the summer fellowship for three years. This year Montgomery College faculty partnered with faculty from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada, and the Maricopa Community Colleges system in Arizona.

OE Global is a global, non-profit organization supporting the development and use of open education around the world.

More information about the award can be found at Open Education Awards for Excellence website

Renewable Assignments

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.


Resources

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 in Montgomery County, Maryland (USA), 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 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.

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!

 

Hear students talk about engaging in the community to transform the world through their open pedagogy coursework. View the 2020 UNSDG Open Pedagogy Student Showcase Videonew window.

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