Cyberweek 2016, October 31-November 4

By: David J. Smith, October 5, 2016

I received this notice from Bryan Hanson at the Werner Institute announcing Cyberweek 2016.


Fall is here and Cyberweek 2016 is a few weeks away!  Please make sure you save the dates of October 31st to November 4th, 2016 and join us online for what promises to be a wonderful week of exploration and discussion regarding the integration of technology into our conflict engagement practices. Registration and information is found at

We are finalizing the program as we speak and this year’s program is filled with webinars, discussion forums, and engaging activities moderated by leaders in the field looking to further expand the scope of technology as a tool for engaging and resolving conflict. This conference marks Cyberweek’s 19th time we will bring everyone together for this virtual conference, and the activities and topics become more and more compelling each time. We are looking forward to an engaging environment appropriate for all levels of students, practitioners, and scholars.

The program this year will include live webinars that take place daily to engage in discussion around topics such as:

  • The approaches to governance that will strengthen the field of Online Dispute Resolution.
  • The development of ethical principles and standards for Online Dispute Resolution.
  • Online Dispute Resolution and Community Conflict: How can ODR move beyond resolution to reconciliation?
  • The tools available online to successfully carry out an arbitration practice.
  • The use of online peer mediation tools to address issues of bullying.

There will be plenty of insightful and dynamic discussion forums providing an opportunity for asynchronous engagement regarding topics such as:

  • The role of open source, open access, and open data in the future of Online Dispute Resolution
  • Continued conversation regarding the development of ethical principles and standards for Online Dispute Resolution.

Many of the discussion forums are appropriate for students to participate in, and we look forward to professors encouraging their students to be active in the dialogues that take place. The field of ODR has developed through a constant flow of newcomers pushing the technological and substantive envelope, and new voices are not only welcomed, but highly valued.

Professors might want to engage their students in these special activities:

  • The annual ABA Dispute Resolution Section Ethics Committee student competition. Once again students will be able to respond to a case regarding ethics in ODR and will have their submissions judged by experts.
  • The e-mediation competition coordinated by Cornell University. This opportunity will allow students to practice the online dispute resolution platform Modria as they participate in simulated mediations. Students will need to register for this event separately and this info will be shared shortly. For further information, please contact Katrina Nobles at
  • The many webinars and discussion forums. All of these activities provide the opportunity for your student to actively participate by posting their thoughts and ideas to the various forums these activities are embedded in.

Further information regarding these events will be found in the Cyberweek 2016 website when the conference launches.

As you can see, there is plenty to look forward to and it promises to be a wonderful week of discussion and exploration. Register soon for Cyberweek, if you have not done so already, at If you are already registered, please pass this information on to others who may not be aware of this free, educational conference regarding online dispute resolution.

One final note, the platform that the conference is hosted on is This website is a great central resource for all things related to conflict resolution. To engage in the activities you will need to sign up as a member of this site. It is free and simple to do. Please do so prior to the week so you can be ready to go on day one of Cyberweek. If you participated in Cyberweek in the past, you are already a member and will just have to simply sign on with your username and password.

We are looking forward to the week and will be updating registered participants to the rest of the programming and schedule as the conference approaches.

Take care,

Bryan J. Hanson, Ed.D.

Assistant Director

The Werner Institute

Creighton University – School of Law

2500 California Plaza

Omaha, Nebraska 68178
Phone: 402.280.3365

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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