Fri, Feb 24, 2012
Univ of Ottawa Conflict Resolution blended learning course materials
The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine have been innovators in the development of blended learning materials on the topic of conflict resolution for law students and medical personnel (see this CRQ article for more on the back story). The good news is that these materials are now freely available online for review and use by educators. Developed in 2003 and 2005 in collaboration with the Centre for e-Learning at the University of Ottawa, the online resources are designed to complement face-to-face instruction and to more fully engage the learners via blended learning. The instructional modules are nicely sequenced with liberal use of audio and video elements to help connect the participant with the content. Short interactive queries and task assignments get the participant to apply the ideas themselves and to imagine the possibilities in their future work. Two different full courses are available, one focused on training medical professionals and the other for law students interested in mediation and interest-based dispute resolution techniques.
Four short videos posted at the Dispute Resolution and Professionalism site introduce the learning materials and methods. After viewing the introductory videos the site invites legal or medical educators, educational developers or instructors who teach dispute/conflict resolution to try out the full set of materials on their own. Educators are welcome to reuse the materials in their own instructional work with proper attribution. The resources can be used by educational, non-profit organizations as stand-alone online resources or in conjunction with face-to-face teaching.
Wed, Feb 22, 2012
Strengthening Nonprofits Online Learning Suite
The developers and instructional designers at daremightythings.com have produced a very impressive self-paced learning site dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations and capacity building in the nonprofit sector. The interactive and multimedia site is located at StrengtheningNonprofits.org Developed under a Health and Human Services federal grant, the project provides a broad collection of content (22 different modules) with helpful features like closed captioning of videos and print-friendly versions of materials. Lessons are nicely chunked into easily digestible pieces and interactive elements are used throughout to promote engagement with the content. This content map (pdf) provides a quick overview of the content available. Very impressive, all the more so because it is free.
Mon, Feb 20, 2012
Conflict Resolution Jobs site
Readers of this blog might be interested in some of the job listings displayed at a new site called Conflict Resolution Jobs. It was developed by Cape Cod area mediator Marsha Ostrer. The project provides a portal to job posting provided by a variety of job listing services, filtered as best possible to show only relevant jobs for people in the conflict resolution field. While not perfect, there are plenty of on target listings that are all available in one place. In addition to the broadly-focused conflict resolution page the site has separate pages for listings related to Arbitration, Facilitation, Mediation, Negotiation and Ombudsman opportunities.
Ostrer received support and inspiration to develop the site at a Cape Cod Entrepreneurship Weekend hosted by the Cape Code Chamber of Commerce.
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