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Open Educational Resources: UN Sustainable Development Goals Fellowship

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UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship Program

CCBC has joined with Montgomery College in Maryland, Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, and Pima Community College in Arizona as part of the Leadership Team directing the UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship Program. This fellowship aims to create renewable assignments based on the 17 sustainable development goals established by the United Nations. Faculty chosen for this award-winning fellowship program will be partnered with faculty from the four other institutions to create 3 renewable assignments. The application for this fellowship is linked below. Please be sure to read through the description and all requirement before submitting an application.

Please contact Jamie Witman ( or Cynthia Roberts-Whitelock (croberts@ccbcmd.ed) if you have any questions.

UN SDG Fellowship


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship


              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) in Montgomery County, Maryland (U.S.A.), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in British Columbia (Canada), Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona), Pima Community College (Arizona), and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) (Maryland) 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[1] 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.


[1] The fellowship was awarded the Open Pedagogy Award for Excellence by Open Education Global (OE Global) in November 2020.

This fellowship is designed to assist faculty with creating renewable assignments[1] (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 2021.  A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during Fall 2021.  Faculty will be expected to present on their proposed assignments prior to their deployment.  A student showcase will take place during Spring 2022 (tentatively set for February 2022) 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.  The table below lists the requirements of the fellowship, which must be met in accordance to the timeline shown:



4 Virtual Meetings 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021

3 Creative Commons Licensed Renewable Assignments

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Course Data

Friday, October 1, 2021

Faculty Reflection

Friday, December 17, 2021

3-Minute Student Video

Friday, December 17, 2021

Faculty/Student Showcase Presentation (Optional)

TBD in February 2022

[1] 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).

CCBC faculty interested in becoming a UN SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellow should discuss their interest with their chair and dean (Signature Form Below).  If selected, you will be partnered with a faculty member(s) from an external partner institution.  Communications with their faculty partner(s) can be done entirely through web conferencing and/or email.  The application, which can be found here: UN SDG Fellowship Application must be completed by midnight on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. In Part 3 of the application please upload the signature document with your chair and dean’s signatures of endorsement (Signature Form Below). Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the fellowship the week of April 12, 2021.

In preparation of filling out the application, please be advised that in Part 2 you will be asked to read Open Pedagogy by Robin De Rosa and Rajiv Jhangiani, and respond to the following prompts in narrative form:

  1. In one paragraph, describe how open pedagogy, as outlined by De Rosa and Jhangiani, might benefit your students in your proposed course(s). 
  2. In one paragraph, describe how open pedagogy might benefit your discipline.
  3. Describe other reasons why you would be intersted in becoming a UN SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellow.

For questions, you can contact:

Cynthia Roberts-Whitelock:

Jamie Witman: