Democracy Learning Space (DLS) is an area within the panOpen platform designed to provide the tools and guidance for college instructors to advance student learning in democracy. DLS 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).
DLS 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 DLS 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.
The first DLS course to be released will be “Democracy in Troubled Times.” 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.