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Democracy Lab

Democracy Lab (now defunct) provided online forums for use in high school and college classes. National Issues Forums-style forums ran for 10 weeks, fall and spring. Students from around the country engaged in dialogue in small groups and were guided from dialogue to inquiry and to action. Instructors adopted Democracy Lab and students purchased online access for $25.

Democracy Lab also provided online mentoring for student civic leadership teams with some members going on to become online interns serving on Democracy Lab’s student staff. Fall 2004 issues were Americans’ Role in the World, Three American Futures, Racial and Ethnic Tensions, News Media and Society, and Examining Health Care.

Democracy Lab was launched at Lock Haven University, and continued for some time by Regis University’s Institute on the Common Good.

– More About Democracy Lab –

Strong democracy requires strong citizens. The Center for Civic Life at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania presents Democracy Lab, an exciting new resource for promoting civic engagement, developing student civic leadership and transforming campus climate. Through its developmentally sequenced set of learning experiences for classroom and co-curricular use Democracy Lab addresses the widely recognized failure of formal schooling to develop strong citizens at both the high school and college level. Democracy Lab is a convenient and flexible way to engage students in public affairs and to help them acquire active citizenship skills while enhancing their capacity to meet rigorous academic standards.

Responding to the growing interest in curriculum-based civic education, Democracy Lab helps you integrate a powerful civic education module into a wide variety of existing courses without starting over from the ground up. To carry civic education a step further on your campus, Democracy Lab trains and mentors student leadership teams for local citizen politics.

Resource Link: www.teachingdemocracy.org

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