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Fellowship Timeline & Deliverables


Begin promotion Late February
Applications due Late March
Adjudication ends, fellows informed Early April
First fellows’ meeting Late May
Second fellows’ meeting Early June
Third fellows’ meeting Mid June
Fourth fellows’ meeting Early August
Renewable assignments due Late August
Course data due Early October
Faculty reflection due Mid December
Student video due Mid December
Faculty/student showcase February


In order to complete the fellowship, each fellow is responsible for completing the following deliverables by the due date or, in the case of the student video, facilitating its completion.

Three 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).

  • Assignments are interdisciplinary and emphasize one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Course Data

In an effort to sustain a culture of evidence, data is collected on the various components of the fellowship and tracked each year. Faculty fellows are asked to respond to the following prompts for courses in which these renewable assignments are being deployed:

    • Which courses and in how many sections are you deploying your assignments?
    • How many courses are face-to-face and/or online?
    • How many total students are in your courses?
    • Which UN SDG are you targeting?
Faculty Reflection

Each faculty fellow is asked to submit a reflection of their experience in the fellowship.  Faculty fellows are asked to respond to the following reflection prompt:

  • Submit a brief description (1-2 paragraphs) of what this fellowship has meant to you, including your experience deploying your interdisciplinary renewable assignments, working with students, collaborating across institutions, and anything else you’d like to share. These reflections/testimonials may be used to help us promote this now award-winning fellowship.
Three-Minute Student Video

Students are at the heart of this fellowship, and each faculty fellow is asked to work with a student to complete a 3-minute video about the student experience through the completion of the open pedagogy assignments. Faculty fellows are given the following prompt:

  • Start thinking about that one stellar student who you believe would be a phenomenal partner in the Faculty/Student Showcase. This student will highlight one of your interdisciplinary renewable assignments. As you think about your options, here are some details you should know:
    • For the institutional websites and other repositories, each faculty fellow should have one student prepare a 3-minute video recording to address the following:
      • At the beginning of the recording, the faculty member will briefly explain the renewable assignment, emphasizing the disciplines represented and how the disciplines were incorporated into this one assignment.
      • Then, the student will describe the project, focusing on what the outcome is and what the assignment meant to them.
      • Be sure that your renewable assignments are openly licensed for distribution, as this is the requirement of the fellowship. Be sure that the videos are provided as an mp4 file and is recorded in landscape mode. If possible, it is encouraged to have your video also openly licensed.
Faculty-Student Showcase (optional)
  • Each year the fellowship concludes with faculty-student showcase where participants (faculty and student) have an opportunity to share their assignments as well as their experiences.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship by Deborah Baker; Christine Crefton; Urooj Nizami; Jamie Witman; Josie Milliken; Rajiv Jhangiani; Robin DeRosa; Michael Mills; and Carla Ghanem is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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