Democracy Learning Channel

Democracy Learning Channel (DLC) is an area within the panOpen platform designed to provide the tools and guidance for college instructors to advance student learning in democracy. DLC is the result of a partnership between Campus Compact, a national network of higher education institutions committed to civic and community engagement, and panOpen, a learning platform that supports institutional use of Open Educational Resources (OER).

DLC courses and modules are focused on student civic learning and are organized thematically. All materials are openly licensed and free to use, share, and adapt. Instructors using the DLC will be able to modify the materials to meet their own teaching needs and interests. The open character of this initiative is intended to foster collaboration and dialog among scholars, researchers, civic organizations, instructors, and students.

This fall, the DLC course “Democracy in Troubled Times” will be released. This collection of modules will include activities and resources focused on the historical evolution of democratic ideas, the spread of democratic beliefs, and the characteristics of democracy during periods of stress and crisis.

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DLC Courses

Democracy in Troubled Times

The first course to be released is entitled “Democracy in Troubled Times.” Modules will feature interactive learning activities and key documents central to the historical evolution of democratic ideas, the spread of democratic beliefs, and the characteristics of democracy during periods of stress and crisis. It is to those troubled times that students will turn their attention. Students will be prompted to draw parallels and consider the state of democracy today. We will explore how bitter partisanship, outrageous claims, and differing views of what constitutes “truth” have resulted in a deeply polarized democracy. By learning from the past, can we equip a new generation of civic learners and leaders to make an active and informed impact by participating in our democracy?

  • Democracy, Revolution, and the Question of Citizenship
  • Democracy in Times of Social Upheaval
  • Democracy, Trust, and Media
  • Democracy in Times of War
  • Democracy in Times of Social Movements
  • Democracy in These Troubled Times

DLC is a component of Education for Democracy, Campus Compact’s non-partisan initiative that aims to help heal and reinvigorate democracy by engaging students in courses, programs, and activities designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and motivations essential for responsible and effective participation in democracy.