This book was developed as a part of the 2020 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy 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 in Montgomery County, Maryland (USA), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in British Columbia (Canada), and Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona) are committed to supporting social justice through this international partnership in which faculty can work across institutions to maximize global impact.
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. This particular book is dedicated to Goal 3: Good Health and Well Being.
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 will begin to design three renewable assignments in Summer 2020. Faculty will be expected to present on their proposed assignments prior to their deployment. A student showcase will take place during Spring 2021 in which a select number of students will present on how they improved their communities and achieved global justice through the UN SDG framework.
Professor Stephanie Green, M.Ed., RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and chef. She has taught nutrition and culinary arts at Phoenix College since 2016. She serves on the Food Pantry, Wellness, and OER committees at Phoenix College. Stephanie is the author of The Idiot’s Guide to Optimum Nutrition and co-authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Mediterranean Diet. She also served as past president of the Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Stephanie enjoys early morning desert walks with her dalmatian and sharing good food with friends and family.
Professor Julie Lazzara, M.C. is a professor of psychology at Paradise Valley Community College, where she has taught since 2009. She teaches primarily Introduction to Psychology and Lifespan Development in face to face, honors, and online formats. She participates in professional development whenever she has the opportunity, including attending and presenting at numerous teaching and psychology conferences. She is involved in the Society of Teaching of Psychology including serving on ACT steering committee in 2018 and serving on the STP’s Early Career Psychologists Committee for three years. She has also served as an AP Psychology Reader for four years. She has co-authored, reviewed and edited several articles, texts and ancillary materials. Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, open educational resources and emerging adulthood.
Below are videos that showcase the project from the instructor and student perspective.