SDGs in Action: Developing OER Content


Explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through engaging with an NGO partner and its community projects. Leverage these experiences to create open educational resource (OER) content that can be used by other students, faculty and anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the SDGs and innovations that are generating impact.

Project description

Students will be guided through the following:

  • Exploring the SDGs and focusing on a particular goal as it relates to community empowerment
  • Learning about a specific global NGO partner and the context of its work as it relates to the SDG of interest
  • Engage with the NGO in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of community needs and specific projects that are resulting in meaningful impact
  • Work with the ELN and Libraries teams to develop OER content to be included in an interactive portfolio of related materials and digital media
  • Identify ways that other students (at UB and beyond) might build on your efforts toward even greater impacts and opportunities

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Flexible
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Individual or group
Benefits Varies
Who is eligible All students

Core partners

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

127 Capen Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2834


Start the project

Please note that opportunities to work with global NGO partners are limited and based on partners' indicated needs and preferences.  If you would like to be considered for a global NGO project, send an interest email to with the following information and one of our staff will respond with more information via email :  

  • Share relevant background information about yourself and why you are interested in working with the specific NGO partner
  • What specific skills or experiences are relevant to the needs of the NGO partner?
  • Attach a current resume or cv 
  • Indicate your availability to work on an NGO project and whether you plan to connect your engagement with a particular course or requirement 

Note that all ELN projects require a UB mentor. The ELN team can help you identify an appropriate mentor but it will be your responsibility to secure a mentor before beginning a project.

Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.