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UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship: Overview

On March 4, 2021, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ – Langara College joined Kwantlen Polytechnic University and four US colleges (Montgomery College, Maricopa Community Colleges, Pima Community College, and the Community College of Baltimore County) as an institutional partner in the UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are a set of 17 goals that address a wide range of social issues, such as poverty, inequality, climate change, peace, and justice.

Open pedagogy places the student at the center of the learning process in a more engaging, authentic, and collaborative learning environment in order to achieve social justice in the community. Assessment is conducted by way of renewable assignments (also known as non-disposable assignments). Renewable assignments 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.

What is expected of the UN SDG fellows?

The Langara UN SDG fellows will join a team of 2 to 3 instructors from different disciplines and different institutions. Each fellowship team will design three renewable assignments in summer 2021 and implement at least two during the fall 2021 or spring 2022 semester. A student showcase will take place in early 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.

Open Langara, the College’s open education committee, will provide support for the Langara UN SDG fellows.

If you are interested in becoming a fellow, please complete the application form below and submit it to Open Langara ( by midnight on March 31, 2021.

Video: The UN Sustainable Development Goals

Calendar of Events

Virtual meetings (10am-1pm PST):

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021
  • Thursday, August 5, 2021

Three renewable assignments 

  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Faculty reflection 

  • Friday, December 17, 2021

3-minute student video 

  • Friday, December 17, 2021

Faculty/student showcase (Optional)

  • February 2022 (tentative)