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Open Learning Project

Open Learning Project
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The Open Learning Project brings together DePaul faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners to address important topics from different communication perspectives.

As part of the Center for Communication Engagement, the Open Learning Project provides opportunities for DePaul community members to:

  • Take part in conversations
  • Conduct research
  • Explore communication interventions
  • Develop open educational resources around specific themes

What are open educational resources (OER)?

Open educational resources (OER) are materials that are in the public domain or released under an open license that permits free use.

One of the primary goals of the Open Learning Project is to create open educational resources that focus on a different theme each academic year. Resources can include events, learning modules, activities, lesson plans and more.

2021-22 Open Learning Project Theme: Communication Beyond Polarization

The Open Learning Project theme for the 2021-22 academic year is Communication Beyond Polarization.

Research indicates that polarization is at an all-time high in the U.S., especially in politics. Over the past few years, both mainstream media and scholarly research have identified many issues that stem from polarization. These issues range from people adopting rigid belief systems to displaying aggressive behavior towards others who disagree with them.

The Open Learning Project seeks to examine this issue through a communication lens. Because our communication practices contribute to polarization, we're interested in learning how we can change those practices to create positive impact in our communities.

See these resources to learn more about polarization.

An Open Learning Approach to Polarization

The Open Learning Project will work with the DePaul community to create open educational resources, events and other activities related to polarization. These guiding principles will inform the activities of the Open Learning Project:

  • Polarization is a social problem that we must address to promote greater social justice in our communities.
  • As a community of students and educators, we can create change by promoting greater understanding and having productive conversations.
  • Communication scholars, practitioners and students can help bridge the divides that result from polarization.

Community Partner

Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications is the 2021-22 community partner for the Open Learning Project. They are an award-winning, independently-owned strategic communications firm specializing in public affairs, crisis management, events and international advance, digital strategy and engagement, and video production.


To learn more or participate in this project, contact Professor Dusty Goltz ( or Associate Professor Maria De Moya (