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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship

This global award-winning fellowship provides faculty with the opportunity to work with colleagues and students worldwide to impact change through open pedagogy and community engagement.

This fellowship is designed to support 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.

The fellowship's conceptual framework is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which is a set of 17 goals that address a wide range of social, economic and environmental 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.

Participating Institutions

The following institutions are committed to supporting social justice through this international partnership in which faculty can work across disciplines and institutions to maximize global impact.

About the Fellowship

Each fellowship team will design three renewable assignments during the Summer semester. A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during the subsequent academic year.

Faculty will present their experience and assignments to the Open Education and/or PCC community at appropriate venues.

About Open Pedagogy

Open pedagogy is 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 (Seraphin et al., 2019Wiley, 2013).

About Open Educational Resources

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.

How to Apply

The application window for 2024 will be open March 4-April 7, 2024 and can be found on the TLC Open Education webpage.

Pima faculty interested in becoming a UN SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellow are welcome to discuss their interest with Chelsea James, the Pima Coordinator and Point-of-Contact for the program, at [email protected].

2024 Fellowship Requirements

Each fellowship team will design three renewable assignments in Summer 2023. A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during Fall 2023. Faculty will be expected to present on their proposed assignments prior to their deployment.

A student showcase will take place during Spring 2024 (tentatively set for February 2024) 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 will include 2 to 3 instructors from different disciplines and different institutions so as to maximize student impact. Each PCC faculty fellow will be compensated $1,000 in two installments in 2024.

The table below lists the requirements of the fellowship: 

Deliverable Deadline
4 Virtual Meetings, 10:00-1:00 p.m. MST

June 12, 2024

June 26, 2024

July 10, 2024

August 14, 2024

3 Creative Commons Licensed Renewable Assignments
August 16, 2024

Course Data October 15, 2024
Faculty Reflection December 13, 2024
3-Minute Student Video December 13, 2024
Faculty/Student Showcase Presentation Spring 2025

Note: All meetings are held remotely. 

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