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).
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!