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).

Renewable Assignments

David Wiley defines renewable assignments as those assignments students complete that add value to their world.

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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.

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 Inaugural UNSDG Open Pedagogy Student Showcase Videonew window.

Sustainable Development Goals