Cornell e-Mediation Competition - 2015

Cornell University's Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with Modria Mediation Room, is hosting the 2015 Cyberweek e-Mediation Competition. Register at:

When is the competition?

November 2-6, 2015

Who can register? (Registration deadline is 10/30/15)

Registrants must be a registered student of a college or university.

  1. You can register as an individual or a team* to participate as one of the disputing parties in a mediation.
  2. You can register as an individual mediator to mediate a dispute.

    *Disputant teams are limited to no more than 2 members.

What are the rules?

What types of cases will be used?

  • Disputes included in the competition may include workplace or small claims community disputes.

What will the online competition be like?

  • All communication within Modria is currently asynchronous. The communication within Modria is text based.
  • Each mediation room includes a common area for all parties to write questions and responses, as well as private areas where each party can write messages with the mediator privately.

How many rounds of competition will there be?

  • The competition will consist of one round over 4 days.

How will the competition be evaluated?

  • All communications will be judged on a scale of 1-5 by professionals within the field of ADR. Once each transcript has been scored, the top 5 mediators and the top 10 parties will be announced.

Please feel free to contact Katrina at with any questions. Good Luck!

Coordinator Bio:

Katrina Nobles is the Education and Communications Manager for the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the Cornell ILR School. Nobles works with faculty and extension associates to coordinate programs, contracts, and grants. She also assists in designing curriculum, instructing professional programs, and facilitating discussions for labor-management groups. She has practiced mediation for several years, and prior to her employment at Cornell, Katrina was the Cortland County Coordinator for New Justice Mediation Services. During that time, Nobles mediated hundreds of community, child custody/visitation, child support, and family disputes. Katrina holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Engagement.


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Thanks to Katrina for all her hard work in running ICODR again this Cyberweek!  She is a total rock star :)


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