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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, 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).

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Networknew window (SDSN) was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

SDSN is guided by a Leadership Council, which brings together global sustainable development leaders from all regions and all sectors, including civil society, public, and private sectors. The Leadership Council acts as the board of SDSN. Much of SDSN’s work is led by National or Regional SDSNs, which mobilize knowledge institutions around the SDGs. SDSNresearch & policy work mobilizes experts from around the world on the technical challenges of implementing the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. The SDG Academy leads the education work of the SDSN.

Montgomery College is a member of SDSN.

Partner Institutions

Kwantlen Polytechnic Universitynew window

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For more than 40 years, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has provided students with the skills they need for the careers they want. We offer a range of degree, diploma, certificate, and citation programs with opportunities for hands-on experience and experiential learning. Why stop at theory when you can also harness the power of experience? Launch your career and make a positive impact on your community with experiential learning at KPU: where thought meets action.

Maricopa Community Collegesnew window

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Maricopa Community Colleges’ nationally recognized programs help more than 100,000 students each year achieve their goals. Our 10 accredited colleges offer a diverse range of programs at convenient locations across the Valley, but our goal is the same – your success.

Community College of Baltimore Countynew window

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Prepare to transfer. Enter into the workforce. Start in a new direction. Community College of Baltimore County is where your most ambitious plans can begin to take shape. Since 1957, we've opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education, inspiring generations of people in the region to enhance their lives and careers.

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Pima Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution serving students and employers throughout Pima County in Arizona and beyond. Students have access to a broad range of high quality programs that prepare them with the skills needed by today’s employers and to transfer successfully into four-year programs. Students benefit from Pima’s lower tuition costs and thrive at the highest levels once they transfer.

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Located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, Langara College started in 1965 as part of Vancouver Community College and in 1970, it opened its West 49th Avenue campus. On April 1, 1994, Langara College was established as an independent public college under the Provincial College and Institute Act. The College is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, house of teachings, a name given to us by the Musqueam First Nation, on whose unceded traditional territory we are located.

Thompson Rivers Universitynew window

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At Thompson Rivers University, student success is our priority. We empower our students to reach their goals with flexible learning options, individualized student services, hands-on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment.

Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciecia y Technologianew window

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Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciecia y Technologia (ULACIT) is a bilingual university established in Costa Rica in 1987. With an enrollment of 4,500 
students, ULACIT offers undergraduates, graduate and post-graduate degrees.

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Instituto Pedagogico Arubano

Instituto Pedagogico Arubano (IPA) is the main higher education institute in Aruba for teacher training as of 1990. IPA offers bachelor's degrees in teacher training for primary and secondary education as well as Advanced Teaching Certification for uncertified professionals. IPA offers and collaborates with international partners to offer master's degrees for in-service teachers. IPA offers a wide variety of professional development and capacity building for education professionals.


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BINUS UNIVERSITY as an educations institution has shown its continuous commitment to be the best in delivering quality education that is relevant to industry needs. In order to achieve international quality standard, we continuously make our best effort to provide students with an excellent learning process, up to date course materials, and professional human resources to deliver knowledge and skill. Additionally, we apply the students-centered learning method, develop internationally recognized curricula with our industrial and international partners, and always measure and improve our quality as required by ISO 9001:2000 (since 1997).

OE Global Podcast on SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship

Imagine leaving a conference with a colleague, brainstorming an idea for an open pedagogy project at your institution, and in 4 years time it has spread to a collaboration spanning multiple institutions and international borders that generates student led projects where they become agents of change in their own communities.

Visit the OE Global website to view podcastnew window.

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."

At the time of the award, the College had offered the 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 three renewable assignments will begin in Summer 2021. A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in each of the classes during Fall 2021. A student showcase of selected projects based on the open pedagogy assignments will be held in February 2022.


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) (Maryland), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) (Canada), Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona), Pima Community College (Arizona), Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) (Maryland), Thompson Rivers University (Canada), and Langara College (Canada) are committed to supporting social justice through this international partnership in which faculty can work across institutions to maximize global impact.

This global award-winning fellowship provides faculty with an opportunity to work with their colleagues and students to impact change via open pedagogy and community engagement.  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 design three renewable assignments in Summer 2022.  A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during Fall 2022.  Faculty will be expected to present on their proposed assignments prior to their deployment.  A student showcase will take place during Spring 2023 (tentatively set for FebruaryMarch 2023) in which a select number of students will present on how they improved their communities and achieved global justice through open pedagogy using the UN SDG framework.  Fellowship teams must include 2 to 3 instructors from different disciplines and different institutions so as to maximize student impact. It is anticipated that 10 teams will be selected. Each MC faculty fellow will receive 1 ESH in the summer to participate.  

4 Virtual Meetings, 1:00-4:00 pm
Thursday, June 16, 2022; Thursday, June 23, 2022; Thursday, June 30, 2022; & Thursday, August 4, 2022

3 Creative Commons Licensed Renewable Assignments
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Course Data 
Friday, October 7, 2022

Faculty Reflection 
Friday, December 16, 2022

3-Minute Student Video 
Friday, December 16, 2022

Faculty/Student Showcase Presentation (optional) 
TBD in February/March 2023 

Fellowship Professional Learning Process

Fellowship Professional Learning Process

We are holding information sessions to help you understand the scope and objectives of this summer fellowship. We will also share examples of interdisciplinary, cross-institutional renewable assignments targeting UN SDGs. The virtual information sessions will be held on:

  • Monday, March 21, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 23, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Please register to receive the Zoom linknew window

Visit the Montgomery College M.O.S.T Commons Hubnew window to view student assignments.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) Open Pedagogy Fellowship Toolkitnew window is meant as a resource for both instructors and institutions. Within this resource, readers will find examples of a wide variety of openly-licensed renewable assignments that can be assigned and applied to a variety of subject areas and disciplines. Of course, each assignment speaks directly to at least one UN SDG. Beyond that, this resource also serves as a guide for institutions who wish to adopt and adapt this program by bringing it to their home institution.


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