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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship

Icons of the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. The creation, adaptation, and adoption of OER supports equitable access to education.

Open pedagogy may be understood as an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education. An increasingly popular form of open pedagogy involves the design and use of renewable assignments. Renewable assignments (also known as non-disposable assignments) are those that add value to a student's world, live outside of the boundaries and beyond the duration of the course, and are likely to have a lasting impact.  Disposable assignments, on the other hand, are those that only the instructor and students will see and which students are likely to throw away once they have been graded (Seraphin et al., 2019; Wiley, 2013).

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Montgomery College (Maryland, USA), and Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona, USA), Pima Community College (Arizona, USA), the Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland, USA), Langara College in British Columbia (Canada), and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in British Columbia (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 through 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.

UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship

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 (which will include at least one faculty member from KPU and one faculty member from a partner institution will design three renewable assignments during the Summer 2021 semester.  A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during the subsequent academic year.  Faculty are expected to present to the KPU community at appropriate venues (e.g., Teaching, Learning, Scholarship, & Research Symposium) on their renewable assignments. A student showcase will take place during the Spring 2022 semester (tentatively planned for February).

It is anticipated that up to 10 teams will be selected per year for the UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship, which includes training and support from the Office of Open Education. Open Pedagogy Fellows will be required to attend a kick-off meeting and three additional meetings throughout the summer:

  • Tuesday, June 15, 10:00am-1:00pm (Kick-off Meeting)
  • Thursday, June 24, 10:00am-1:00pm    
  • Tuesday, June 29, 10:00am-1:00pm    
  • Thursday, August 5, 10:00am-1:00pm

How to Apply

KPU faculty interested in becoming a UN SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellow should discuss their interest with Urooj Nizami, Open Education Strategist. Communications with faculty partner(s) can be done entirely through web conferencing and/or email. Completed applications must be endorsed by the Dean of your Faculty and submitted to by midnight on March 31, 2021.  Applications will be adjudicated by the Open Education Working Group. Faculty will be notified of acceptance into the fellowship the week of April 12, 2021.

File 2021 UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship Application

Call for Interest: Institutional Partner

Are you interested in galvanizing support for Open Pedagogy at your institution?

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is looking for an institutional partner to join and grow an innovative, international, inter-institutional, inter-disciplinary Open Pedagogy Fellowship. Join KPU along with founding members at Montgomery Community College (Maryland, USA) as well as Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona, USA) along with new partners in 2021 to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through student assignments! 

If interested, please provide an expression of interest to by Friday, February 26, 2021.

PDF icon Call for Interest

Renewable Assignments (2020 cohort)

Constanza Rojas-Primus (Languages and Culture, KPU)

Digital Storytellig Project Assignment.pdf

Children’s Story Project Assignment.pdf

Renewable Assignments (2019 cohort)

Candy Ho (Educational Studies, KPU), Pamela Ip (Marketing, KPU), & Mary Wall (Mathematics, Montgomery College)

PDF icon International Student Assignment.pdf

PDF icon Career Connections Assignment with Educator Guide.pdf

PDF icon Numeracy Assignment.pdf

Kathy Dunster (Urban Ecosystems), Michelle Franklin (Sustainable Horticulture), & Zev Cossin (Anthropology, Montgomery College)

PDF icon Mapping Food Access in Our Neighbourhoods.pdf

PDF icon Finding Food for Free.pdf

iNaturalist project dashboard:

PDF icon Ethnobotany.pdf

Jennifer Hardwick (English, KPU)

PDF icon English 1100 Visual Rhetoric Assignment.pdf

PDF icon English 2300 Final Project.pdf

PDF icon English 3390 Final Project.pdf