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Campus Compact and panOpen are collaborating to build a collection of freely accessible, openly licensed digital courses and curricular material to drive student learning about democracy.

The Democracy Learning Channel, as the collection of materials will be called, will be part of panOpen's open educational resources platform. The effort is part of the "Education for Democracy" initiative at Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1,000 colleges focused on civic and community engagement.

"For more than 30 years, Campus Compact has been educating students for democracy," said Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact's president. "This partnership with panOpen will multiply the impact of our efforts -- to the benefit of our students, our communities and our country."

The first course to emerge from the partnership is "Democracy in Troubled Times."