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Video-based mediation – it’s starting to happen. What do we need to know?

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I recently had the pleasure of writing a paper with my student-turned-teacher, Jeff Thompson (an alumnus of our Negotiation and Dispute Resolution program at Creighton and the Wizard Behind the Curtain at ADRHub). Jeff works on non-verbal communication…


Added by Noam Ebner on April 14, 2014 at 3:07am — No Comments

Teaching Negotiation - Online!

As more and more teachers in the area of negotiation and dispute resolution consider taking their courses (or, parts of them) online, I’ve received many queries of the “How do you get started?” variety. And, I’m not the only one fielding these questions. I'd like to share a resource, addressing these questions.…


Added by Noam Ebner on April 8, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

A game-changing article on negotiation

NDR, ADR and CONF people:

If you're still into growing in the area of negotiation, you're going to want to read this article by John Lande of the University of Missouri School of Law. It's long, but you'll figure out which parts to read once you start. You'll be glad you read it.

You can download the full-text article here: …


Added by Noam Ebner on March 29, 2014 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Negotiation simulation - via email!

Negotiation / conflict management teacher?

Here's a simulation for you (complete with teacher's guide) - conducted by students through email:…


Added by Noam Ebner on March 24, 2014 at 2:43pm — No Comments

The Heart, Mind and Smartphone of the Negotiator

Negotiation via (the New) Email

Forget everything you think you know about negotiating, mediating and engaging with conflict via email. That's what I did.

Exactly three years ago, I finished work on a chapter for a negotiation textbook (Michael Benoliel’s Negotiation Excellence: Successful Deal Making). The chapter focused on negotiation via email, and described the challenges, pitfalls and benefits of working thought this…


Added by Noam Ebner on November 10, 2013 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Cyberweek 2013 - Online Dispute Resolution Conference Schedule

Added by Noam Ebner on October 28, 2013 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Certificate program in Online Mediation

While Creighton University  continues to offer the only graduate degree program with a required course in ODR, other institutions are beginning to offer ODR-themed programs of their own. 

The most recent and impressive one is a certificate program offered online by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya called…


Added by Noam Ebner on October 6, 2013 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Taking Negotiation Teaching into the Real World: Conducting, Debriefing and Assessing Adventure Learning


Ever feel like giving your students or trainees real-life negotiation assignments? Sending them out of the classroom to discover how the concepts learned in class play out in the real world?

This approach to learning negotiation, called “Adventure Learning” is a fairly new kid on the negotiation teaching block. In a nutshell, adventure learning involves sending students on negotiation missions beyond the classroom, brushing up against - or actively engaging in -…


Added by Noam Ebner on September 25, 2013 at 8:03am — No Comments

The Pasta Wars: Return of Luigi!

The Pasta Wars, our Prisoner’s Dilemma simulation-game, will be appearing in one of the negotiation field’s leading teaching books: NEGOTIATION: READINGS, EXERCISES, AND CASES (edited by Roy Lewicki, Bruce Barry, and David Saunders), soon to come out in a 7th edition.

The 6th edition included the AuraCall and Live8 simulations, which many of you out there have had the pleasure (?) of experiencing – they’ll be…


Added by Noam Ebner on September 3, 2013 at 3:04pm — 1 Comment

The Education of Non-Students

The negotiation and dispute resolution field pictures itself as having so much to contribute to improving human interactions – relationships, transactions and engaging with conflict.

However – let’s face it:

99% of the population of the planet (a gross under-estimation!) have never taken, and will never take, a negotiation course. They will never buy a negotiation book (and even I buy negotiation books which sit on the shelf unread). They will never read my blog or my Facebook…


Added by Noam Ebner on August 28, 2013 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

A Game of Negotiation!

Imagine a world in which important, top-level policy decisions, such as those regarding nuclear power, higher education or foreign relations were made on the basis of real discussion focused on real facts. In these conversations, hype would be washed away, moderate majorities would probably find more voice, and (hopefully) better decisions would be made – with less residual acrimony and polarization.


John Lennon’s “Imagine” material? I don’t think so.…


Added by Noam Ebner on August 23, 2013 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Negotiation Student Evaluation's Black Box: Points for "course participation"

After exploring objective measures for student assessment currently employed in negotiation courses, co-author Yael Efron and I set out to determine and explore the most subjective measures teachers apply. After having discovered that the most objective measure of all – old-school quizzes – was rarely employed, we were not at all surprised to conclude that the most subjective measure employed is also (by far!) the most popular one, an assessment tool encountered in nearly all negotiation…


Added by Noam Ebner on August 14, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Teach Negotiation? Grade students?

If you assess students in courses on negotiation, mediation or other conflict-related topics, you might find this helpful….

Evaluating our Evaluation, written with Yael Efron and Kim Kovach, is an effort to pick apart the practices of negotiation teachers in evaluating students. What are we looking for, in student performance? Deep understanding? Insight? Analytical capacity? Improvement? The ability to…


Added by Noam Ebner on July 17, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Teaching negotiation online?

One thing made clear to me at IACM's conference, which I attended in Tacoma last week, is that many, many teachers of negotiation are looking ahead at (with only some "looking forward to") teaching negotiation courses online sometime over the next year or two.

This chapter I wrote with David Matz of UMASS Boston addresses many issues which online teachers in this and related fields are concerned about, and in particular, the all time biggie - how do you conduct good simulations and role…


Added by Noam Ebner on July 9, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Practical Tech Tools Course for Mediators and ADR Professionals

If you're in mediation and dispute resolution, and have not yet taken a course on this topic - you don't want to miss out on this opportunity to study it with Dan Rainey (we are fortunate to have Dan teaching our Online Dispute Resolution course at Creighton)!

Added by Noam Ebner on July 9, 2013 at 10:38am — No Comments

Congratulations to our new Werner Grads!!!

A wonderful group of people are going to be hooded, gowned and deemed Masters of our field this weekend... and in one, final act of lurking, I'll be following it live as long as Creighton's web feed works. 
Congratulations, people, and thank you for letting me tag along for part of your journey.

Added by Noam Ebner on May 17, 2013 at 9:19am — 3 Comments

Unbundling legal services

Check out Prof. Kristen Blankley of UNL discussing Limited Scope Representation in her recent short TED-style presentation "How to Get More Clients!  Thinking About Unbundling Legal Services to Settle…


Added by Noam Ebner on April 24, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Reports from the front, in the Online Education Wars

Lately, it seems as if everybody has been writing about MOOCS. I'm surprised we haven't seen Hollywood personages step in and do their part.

This piece by Andrew Delbanco in The New Republic is the most intelligent piece of writing on the topic I've seen in months - and in MOOC-time, a few months are the equivalent of a few centuries in traditional education.…


Added by Noam Ebner on April 11, 2013 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

e-Mediation: More and More

I’ve commented before on the wonderful work done by the Distance Mediation Project conducted by the Mediate BC Society in British Columbia.  As I’ve noted in this piece on e-mediation, they were the first to conduct serious evaluation on a carefully structured e-mediation project. Based on this experience, the Distance Mediation Project…


Added by Noam Ebner on April 5, 2013 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

New Blog: New research, professional challenges and ethical dilemmas in mediation practice

Hi all -

Passing on this announcement by Susan Raines, introducing her new blog. Worth keeping an eye on!


Hello Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing because we share an interest in mediation, negotiation and conflict management.…


Added by Noam Ebner on March 17, 2013 at 11:49pm — No Comments

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