In this talk, Noam Ebner discusses the migration of the mediation profession online during the COVID-19 era, and the wider impacts of this phenomenon on the ODR field and on the practice of mediation, online and in traditional mediation rooms.
Noam Ebner is a professor of negotiation and conflict resolution at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, which has offered an online MS in Negotiation & Conflict Resolution since 2008. Formerly chair of Creighton’s online degree program, Noam spearheaded its curricular and pedagogical development, teacher training and support, and online student formation. He has taught dozens of courses online, ranging from traditional ADR survey courses to specialty courses on Online Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution for Educational Leaders. Noam designed and taught the first online course offered by Creighton’s School of Law, as well as Creighton University’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC); this course on negotiation had over 2000 students enrolled, from 87 countries. Noam has consulted on online teaching and learning to programs and universities and has supported many teachers in the negotiation, conflict resolution, and ADR worlds in their transition to teaching online.