Noam Ebner
Noam Ebner

Noam Ebner

Professor
Graduate School

Expertise/Specializations

  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict Management
  • Online Dispute Resolution
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Trust
  • Pedagogy
  • Online learning
  • Technology in Dispute Resolution

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Position

  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • NCR 623 - Online Dispute Resolution
  • NCR 624 - Dynamics of Conflict

Biography

Originally from New York, Noam has lived in Israel for many years, dividing his time between his home in Jerusalem, and his teaching, training and consulting activities in the U.S and abroad. He currently resides outside of Jacksonville, Florida.

After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in law from Hebrew University, Prof. Ebner pursued postgraduate education in social science research in the U.K. This educational path has defined his professional approach: identifying and creating sound theory – and bringing it into real-life practice.

Prof. Ebner has practiced as an attorney, negotiator, and mediator at his own Jerusalem-based firm. He has trained mediators for the Israeli court system as well as playing key roles in a number of community mediation programs. He has conducted hundreds of workshops on negotiation and conflict resolution for a broad range of private sector industries, governmental agencies, NGOs, universities and non-profits.

Before joining the faculty at Creighton, Prof. Ebner has taught at universities around the world – in Israel, Turkey, Costa Rica and elsewhere. He was one of the first educators to promote and develop online teaching in the area of negotiation and dispute resolution. Formerly chair of the NCR program's online graduate program in negotiation and conflict resolution, he has taught dozens of courses online, and spearheaded curriculum and pedagogical development for an online masters degree program. Prof. Ebner has consulted to programs and universities with regards to online learning, and he has coached dozens of negotiation and conflict teachers from all over the world in their transition to online teaching.  One notable adventure combining international education and online teaching involved designing and teaching Creighton University's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), focusing on negotiation, with over 2000 students enrolling from 87 countries.
 
Prof. Ebner has authored many articles and book chapters on his research interests of negotiation pedagogy, trust and its role in dispute resolution, and negotiation and mediation processes conducted online, which are available for reading through the tabs below as well as at http://ssrn.com/author=425153. His teaching materials and simulation-games are available for use are also freely available for educational use. He is co-editor of Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves; Vol.3 in The Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Project (2012, DRI Press).

Education

  • 2007 Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research, Dept. of Peace Studies & Graduate School, University of Bradford
  • 2000 LLM, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
  • 1999 LLB, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
  • 1998 - 2000 Mediation Studies: Hebrew University School of Law (1998); Court Certification (1999); Advanced Training in Mediation Practice, Israeli Ministry of Justice (2000)

Certifications

Attorney at Law, Israeli Bar Association
Israeli Court Certified Mediator & Court Certified Mediation Trainer
Israeli Bar Association Senior Mediator

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Noam Ebner, Negotiation via (the New) Email, in Jay Folberg & Dwight Golann, Lawyer Negotiation: Theory, Practice and Law 156 (3d ed. 2016).
     , 2016
  • Yael Efron & Noam Ebner, Legal Education in Israel : Developments and Challenges, in Legal Education in Asia 99 (Shuvro Prosun Sarker ed., 2014)., 2014
  • Christopher Honeyman, Peter S. Adler, Colin Rule, Noam Ebner, Roger Strelow, & Chittu Nagarajan, A Game of Negotiation: The "Deliberation Engine", in Educating Negotiators for a Connected World 587 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Andrew Wei-Min Lee eds., 2013)., 2013
  • Eric Blanchot, Noam Ebner, Christopher Honeyman, Sanda Kaufman & Rachel Parish, The Education of Non-Students, in Educating Negotiators for a Connected World 625 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Andrew Wei-Min Lee eds., 2013)., 2013
  • Noam Ebner and Yael Efron, Negotiation Consulting: A Ten-Element Toolbox for Managers, in The 2013 Pfeiffer Annual: Consulting 175 (Elaine Biech ed., 2013)., 2013
  • Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman, Introduction: Assessment as Mirror, in Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves 1 (Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner & Yael Efron, Pop Quiz: Do You Use This Evaluation Method?, in Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves 43 (Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman, Assessing Ourselves, in Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves 293 (Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner, Yael Efron & Kimberlee K. Kovach, Evaluating Our Evaluation: Rethinking Student Assessment in Negotiation Courses, in Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves 19 (Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner & Yael Efron, The Black Box of Student Evaluation: Course Participation, in Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves 81 (Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner & Daniel Druckman, Simulation Design for Learning and Assessment, in Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves 139 (Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Sharon Press, Noam Ebner & Lynn P. Cohn, Assessing the Adventure, in Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves 189 (Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner, E-Mediation, in Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice: A Treatise on Technology and Dispute Resolution 357 (Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Ethan Katsch & Daniel Rainey eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner, ODR and Interpersonal Trust, in Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice: A Treatise on Technology and Dispute Resolution 203 (Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Ethan Katsch & Daniel Rainey eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner & Yael Efron, Earth Wars: Simulating a Negotiation, in The 2012 Pfeiffer Annual: Consulting 55 (Elaine Biech ed., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner & Yael Efron, Rough Day @ Work: Resolving Conflict Through an Online Simulation, in The 2012 Pfeiffer Annual: Training 67 (Elaine Biech, ed., 2012)., 2012
  • Daniel Druckman & Noam Ebner, Simulation: Learning Through Role Playing and Design, in 3 The Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology 1000 (Daniel J. Christie ed. 2012)., 2012
  • Arthur Pearlstein, Bryan Hanson & Noam Ebner, ODR in North America, in Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice: A Treatise on Technology and Dispute Resolution 431 (Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Ethan Katsch & Daniel Rainey eds., 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner, Negotiation via Email, in Negotiation Excellence: Successful Deal Making 397 (Michael Benoliel ed., 2011)., 2011
  • Noam Ebner, Anita D. Bhappu, Jennifer Gerarda Brown, Kimberlee K. Kovach & Andrea Kupfer Schneider, You've Got Agreement: Negoti@ting via Email, in Rethinking Negotiation Teaching: Innovations for Context and Culture 89 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Giuseppe De Palo eds., 2009), reprinted in The Secrets of Gaining the Upper Hand in High Performance Negotiations 81 (Manon Schonewille & Felix Merks eds., 2011)., 2011
  • Noam Ebner, AuraCall, Inc., in Negotiation: Readings, Exercises and Cases 557 (Roy J. Lewicki, David M. Saunders & Bruce Barry eds., 6th ed. 2010)., 2009
  • Noam Ebner, Live8, in Negotiation: Readings, Exercises and Cases 520 (Roy J. Lewicki, David M. Saunders & Bruce Barry eds., 6th ed. 2010)., 2009
  • Anita D. Bhappu, Noam Ebner, Sanda Kaufman & Nancy Welsh, Online Communication Technology and Relational Development, in Rethinking Negotiation Teaching: Innovations for Context and Culture 239 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Giuseppe De Palo eds., 2009)., 2009
  • Noam Ebner, Ore Wars: Deciding on Tactics, in The 2010 Pfeiffer Annual: Training (Elaine Biech ed., 2010)., 2009

  • Jennifer Parlamis, Noam Ebner & Lorianne D. Mitchell, Looking Back to Leap Forward: The Potential for E-mediation at Work, in Advancing Workplace Mediation Through Integration of Theory and Practice (Katalien Bollen, Martin Euwema & Lourdes Munduate eds., 2016).

Articles

  • Noam Ebner & John Zeleznikow, No Sheriff in Town: Governance for Online Dispute Resolution, 32 Negotiation J. 297 (2016).
     , 2016
  • Noam Ebner, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Education in the Age of the MOOC, 32 Negotiation J. 231 (2016).
     , 2016
  • Noam Ebner & John Zeleznikow, Fairness, Trust and Security in Online Dispute Resolution, Hamline J. Pub. L. & Pol'y, 2015 no. 2, at 143., 2015
  • Noam Ebner, Lorianne Mitchell, Jennifer Parlamis & Roy Lewicki, Teaching Negotiation Online -- Part 2: Getting Started, SIGNAL (Int'l Ass'n of Conflict Mgmt., Ann Arbor, Mich.), May 2014, at 12., 2014
  • Noam Ebner & Jeff Thompson, @ Face Value? Nonverbal Communication and Trust Development in Online Video-Based Mediation, Int'l J. Online Disp. Resol., no. 2, 2014, at http://www.elevenjournals.com/tijdschrift/ijodr/2014/2., 2014
  • Lorianne Mitchell, Jennifer Parlamis, Roy Lewicki & Noam Ebner, Teaching Negotiation Online -- Part 1: Challenges and Opportunities, Signal (Int'l Ass'n of Conflict Mgmt., Ann Arbor, Mich.), Nov. 2013, at 20., 2013
  • Daniel Druckman & Noam Ebner, Games, Claims, and New Frames: Rethinking the Use of Simulation in Negotiation Education, 29 Negotiation J. 61 (2013)., 2013
  • Noam Ebner and Daniel Druckman, Planning, Not Playing: Training Through Simulation Design, in The 2013 Pfeiffer Annual: Training (Elaine Biech ed., 2013)., 2013
  • Noam Ebner & Colleen Getz, ODR: The Next Green Giant, 29 Conflict Resol. Q. 283 (2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner, To Green, or Not Too Green?: The Environmental Impact of Conflict Management, Signal (Int'l Ass'n for Conflict Mgmt., Ann Arbor, Mich.), Spring/Summer 2012, at 10., 2012
  • Assessing Our Students, Assessing Ourselves (Noam Ebner, James Coben & Christopher Honeyman eds. 2012)., 2012
  • Noam Ebner & Kimberlee K. Kovach, Simulation 2.0, 1 Negotiation: Chinese-Eng. J. on Managing Conflict 69 (2011)., 2011
  • Noam Ebner & Kimberlee K. Kovach, Simulation 2.0: The Resurrection, in Venturing Beyond the Classroom 245 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Giuseppe De Palo eds., 2010) reprinted in 1 Negotiation: Chinese-Eng. J. on Managing Conflict 69 (2011)., 2011
  • Noam Ebner, Anita D. Bhappu, Jennifer Gerarda Brown, Kimberlee K. Kovach & Andrea Kupfer Schneider, You've Got Agreement: Negoti@ting via Email, in Rethinking Negotiation Teaching: Innovations for Context and Culture 89 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Giuseppe De Palo eds., 2009), reprinted in The Secrets of Gaining the Upper Hand in High Performance Negotiations 81 (Manon Schonewille & Felix Merks eds., 2011)., 2010
  • Yael Efron & Noam Ebner, Get Ripped & Cut before Training: Adventure Preparation for the Negotiation Trainer, 31 Hamline J. Pub. L. & Pol'y 523 (2010)., 2010
  • Noam Ebner, Anita D. Bhappu, Jennifer Gerarda Brown, Kimberlee K. Kovach & Andrea Kupfer Schneider, You've Got Agreement: Negoti@ting via Email, 31 Hamline J. Pub. L. & Pol'y 427 (2010)., 2010
  • Noam Ebner & Yael Efron, What a Way to Meet!, in Setting the Conflict Compass: Activities for Conflict Resolution and Prevention 122 (Michelle Cummings & Mike Anderson eds., 2010)., 2010
  • Noam Ebner & Yael Efron, Wagon Wheels, in Setting the Conflict Compass: Activities for Conflict Resolution and Prevention 110 (Michelle Cummings & Mike Anderson eds., 2010)., 2010
  • Noam Ebner & Yael Efron, Grizzli Grapefruit, in Setting the Conflict Compass: Activities for Conflict Resolution and Prevention 64 (Michelle Cummings & Mike Anderson eds., 2010)., 2010
  • David Matz & Noam Ebner, Using Role-play in Online Negotiation Teaching, in Venturing Beyond the Classroom 293 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Giuseppe De Palo eds., 2010)., 2010
  • Noam Ebner & Adam Kemp, Relationship 2.0, in Venturing Beyond the Classroom 371 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Giuseppe De Palo eds., 2010)., 2010
  • Noam Ebner & Daniel Druckman, Enhancing Concept Learning: The Simulation Design Experience, in Venturing Beyond the Classroom 269 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Giuseppe De Palo eds., 2010)., 2010
  • Noam Ebner & Lynn P. Cohn, Bringing Negotiation Teaching to Life: From the Classroom to the Campus to the Community, in Venturing Beyond the Classroom 153 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Giuseppe De Palo eds., 2010)., 2010
  • Noam Ebner & Yael Efron, Moving Up: Positional Bargaining Revisited, in Rethinking Negotiation Teaching: Innovations for Context and Culture 251 (Christopher Honeyman, James Coben & Giuseppe De Palo eds., 2009), reprinted in Gaining Ground in Difficult Negotiations 51 (Manon Schonewille & Felix Merks eds., 2010)., 2010
  • Noam Ebner & Yael Efron, Storm Down in Sales: An Organizational Conflict Management Simulation, in The 2009 Pfeiffer Annual: Management Development 15 (Robert C. Preziosi ed., 2009)., 2009

Editing and Reviews

  • Noam Ebner, Negotiation via (the New) Email, in Negotiation Excellence: Successful Deal Making 407 (Michael Benoliel ed., 2d ed. 2015), reprinted in Negotiation: Readings, Exercises & Cases 188 (Roy J. Lewicki, David M. Saunders & Bruce Barry eds., 7th ed. 2015)., 2015

General

  • Noam Ebner & Yifat Winkler, PASTA WARS: A Prisoner's Dilemma Simulation-Game, 40 Simulation & Gaming 134 (2009)., 2009
  • Isaac Noam Ebner, Dispute Resolution, in Peace, Justice, and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide (Timothy A. McElwee, B. Welling Hall, Joseph Liechty & Julie Garber eds., 7th ed. 2009)., 2009

Presentations

  • Interpersonal Trust: Across Professions and in Our Classrooms [Three workshops, offered to faculty and staff across campus through the Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment], 2015
  • Negotiation Education in the Age of the MOOC: New Scales, New Challenges AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s 8th Annual Works-in- Progress Conference November 2014; Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, 2014
  • Trust in Online Mediation (Royal Roads University (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada). Course on Online Facilitation Skills for Mediators, taught by Erika Deines), 2014
  • Teaching about trust [Paper presented at a symposium on New directions in experiential pedagogy, co-presented with Adrian Borbely, Dan Druckman, Chris Honeyman, Sanda Kaufman, Michelle LeBaron and Andrea Schneider] International Association for Conflict Management, 27th International Conference; Leiden, Holland, 2014
  • Teaching negotiation and conflict management – online [Symposium co-presented with with Lorianne Mitchell, Jennifer Parlamis and Corina Peifer] International Association for Conflict Management, 27th International Conference; Leiden, Holland, 2014
  • The new canon of negotiation [Two conference symposia, co-presented with Christopher Honeyman, Sanda Kaufman, Nadja Alexander, Maurits Barendrecht, Michelle LeBaron, Roy Lewicki and Andrea Schneider] International Association for Conflict Management, 27th International Conference; Leiden, Holland, 2014
  • You’re shaping the Dispute Resolution field whether you know it or not [Panel co- presented with John Lande and Michelle LeBaron] The ABA Section on Dispute Resolution’s Annual Conference.; Miami, Fl., 2014
  • Taking relationship seriously [Panel co-presented with Jacqueline Font-Guzman & Bernie Mayer] The ABA Section on Dispute Resolution’s Annual Conference.; Miami, Fl., 2014
  • Teaching Interpersonal Trust [Four workshops, conducted jointly with students in the NDR program and participants from across campus who partook in my “Interpersonal Trust” workshop series (see above), and who expressed an interest in continuing to further their understanding of the topic.], 2014
  • Making the Grade: Implementing Uniform Grading Procedures in Courses Offered Across Two Modalities, 2014
  • The Role of Technology in the Practice and Teaching of Conflict Resolution Department Colloquium presentation, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2013
  • Negotiation via Email (LaSalle International Graduate School (Madrid). Course on Strategic Negotiation, taught by Ignacio Mayoral), 2013
  • The Role of Trust in Mediation Staff development and in-house training: Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, Tacoma, WA, 2013
  • The medium, the message and the methods: Teaching Negotiation Online [Symposium co-presented with Roy Lewicki, Jennifer Parlamis and Lorianne Mitchell] International Association for Conflict Management, 26th International Conference; Tacoma, WA, 2013
  • Teaching negotiation online: Getting started [Symposium co-presented with Jennifer Parlamis and Lorianne Mitchell] International Association for Conflict Management, 26th International Conference; Tacoma, WA, 2013
  • Trust in negotiation and dispute resolution: What we know and how we teach it Association for Conflict Resolution’s Greater New York Chapter’s Annual Conference, 2013
  • Graduate education vs. professional training in the field of conflict resolution Association for Conflict Resolution’s Greater New York Chapter’s Annual Conference, 2013
  • Tapping mediation into the green: Environmental advantages of online mediation Nebraska Mediators Association Annual Conference, 2013
  • Making simulations more realistic, effective and fun [Panel presented together with John Lande, Jim Hilbert and Yael Efron] The ABA Section on Dispute Resolution’s Annual Conference.; Chicago, 2013
  • Trust as social adhesive: Implications for negotiation, conflict intervention and governance [Panel presented together with Jacqueline Font-Guzman, Bernie Mayer & Palma Strand] ABA Section on Dispute Resolution’s Annual Conference; Chicago, 2013
  • Conflict Resolution in Israel (Southern Methodist University. Course on International Conflict Resolution, taught by Dan Rainey), 2013
  • Simulation Design: Negotiation Learning Gains International Association for Conflict Management, 25th International Conference; Cape Town, South Africa, 2012
  • Negotiation skills for Development work (Hebrew University, Glocal Community Development Graduate Program. Course on Mapping the World of Development, taught by Liora Norwich), 2012
  • Rethinking Negotiation Teaching [Poster presentation together with Jim Coben and Chris Honeyman] ABA Section on Dispute Resolution’s Annual Conference; Washington D.C, 2012
  • Conflict Resolution in Israel (Southern Methodist University. Course on International Conflict Resolution, taught by Dan Rainey), 2012
  • Negotiation via email Israeli Bar Association Negotiation Course, 2011
  • Online communication and negotiation Bar Ilan University, Program on Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Program Seminar for doctoral and graduate students and program faculty, 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Professor Ebner’s work engages with the core processes and key elements of negotiation and conflict resolution. In parallel to substantive research, he constantly works on advancing the pedagogy of the negotiation and conflict resolution field. This page expands on particular areas of interest Professor Ebner has worked on.

    Online Dispute Resolution
    The field of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) has been developing since the mid-1990s. The use of technology has spread across all professional fields, including negotiation and conflict resolution. Prof. Ebner’s work focuses on this field’s development, as it has grown from a group of enthusiasts to a field with independent structures, identity, and terminology. He has also written on its environmental advantages over other forms of conflict resolution. In other writing, Prof. Ebner has written on the field’s most basic processes, online negotiation and online mediation, including discussing issues pertaining to conducting them over different kinds of media – such as negotiating via email or videoconferencing, or mediating via videoconferencing. In considering how issues deemed central to dispute resolution in general are affected by the online environment, he has focused on the issue of trust. Prof. Ebner contributed three chapters to the first comprehensive textbook on ODR, ODR: Theory and Practice (AbdelWahab, Katsh and Rainey (eds.), 2012)), winner of the 2013 Book of the Year award from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). He has authored four chapters on negotiation and technology for the second edition of The Negotiator’s Fieldbook (Honeyman & Schneider (eds.), forthcoming, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution). Prof. Ebner has been teaching ODR since 2005, including courses dedicated to ODR and individual units embedded in conflict resolution survey classes. He has presented on the topic of teaching ODR at the International Forum on ODR at Pace University in NYC in 2015. Since 2010, he has organized the academic elements of Cyberweek, the ODR field’s annual online conference. In this clip, Prof. Ebner introduce ODR to a group of graduate students and faculty at UMASS Boston’s Graduate Programs on Dispute Resolution.

    The nature and role of trust in negotiation and conflict resolution
    “The existence of trust between individuals makes conflict resolution easier and more effective. This point is obvious to anybody who has been in a conflict. A party who trusts another is likely to believe the other’s words, assume that the other will act out of good intentions, and probably look for productive ways to resolve a conflict… The level of trust or distrust in a relationship therefore definitively shapes emergent conflict dynamics…” Prof. Roy Lewicki, 2006.
    Prof. Ebner has been exploring the topic of trust in negotiation and dispute resolution for over a decade. He has presented on this topic at national and international conferences, including the International Association for Conflict Management, the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution, the Association for Conflict Resolution GNY Chapter, and the International Forum on ODR In 2013-2015, Prof. Ebner presented eight workshops at Creighton University, in frameworks provided by Creighton’s Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment and the Campus Professional Development Program. These workshops developed an understanding of trust as a truly cross-disciplinary concept, and explored both how trust can be spotlighted as a classroom topic in its own self, and how understanding trust can help teachers improve their teaching effectiveness. Prof. Ebner’s writing on the topic of trust has primarily focused on translating theory to practice with regards to trust’s effects on ODR, and specifically, its effects on negotiation and mediation processes taking place online. In this clip, Prof. Ebner discusses trust and its role in negotiation and conflict resolution in a class given at Creighton University.

    Negotiation and conflict resolution pedagogy
    The field of negotiation and conflict resolution is uniquely engaged with exploring, developing and improving its pedagogy. As a multidisciplinary field, with its educators having backgrounds in law, business, and a variety of social sciences disciplines, the negotiation and conflict resolution field enjoys a constant and ongoing conversation on its own educational activities. Prof. Ebner has been a very active part of that conversation. He has designed training syllabi for court-connected mediation programs as well as negotiation training for a wide variety of industry clients. He has written a number of award-winning simulations for teaching negotiation and conflict resolution, including FlashPoint, Little Golano, Converging, and DeBola, utilizing the pseudo-reality approach to designing simulations, which he co-created. Prof. Ebner took part in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching project, a four-year series of conferences held at a number of locations around the world, focusing on educational innovation in the negotiation field. He contributed many chapters to the special journal editions and the four volume series of books this project created, and co-edited one of these volumes. Prof. Ebner’s work on innovative approaches to negotiation teaching has included developing new approaches to out-of-class adventure learning (on campus, and beyond), new types of negotiation simulations and new uses for negotiation simulations. He uses his own, originally designed simulations in his classes, and makes them freely available to other teachers and trainers. Prof. Ebner’s work on both traditional and innovative approaches to teaching, and his exploration of the scholarship of teaching and learning, was recognized by Creighton University’s awarding him its Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship Award in 2015.

    Online teaching and learning
    An early adopter of technology in the classroom, Prof. Ebner was one of the first to teach negotiation and conflict resolution online. He has lead Creighton’s online graduate program in this field since its inception, and has taught Creighton Law School’s first online course. Prof. Ebner has explored pushing the boundaries of online learning in negotiation and conflict resolution, by designing and teaching Creighton’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), entitled Negotiation: Navigating Professional and Personal Interactions.
    Prof. Ebner has compared online and face-to-face teaching in a project focusing on assessment (conducted jointly with Prof. Jackie Font-Guzman of the NCR Program), after receiving a grant from Creighton’s Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment. He has co-developed an innovative online branched-learning teaching tools, under a grant from Creighton’s Center for Academic Innovation. Prof. Ebner has presented on online teaching at many professional conferences, including the International Association for Conflict Management, the American Bar Association' Section on Dispute Resolution, and the International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution. Prof. Ebner has written several articles and book chapters on teaching negotiation online. Specifically, he has aimed to introduce colleagues to the first steps they need to take if they choose to engage in teaching online, from institutional/organizational and practical points of view. He has also written on coping with an issue that many negotiation teachers feel poses barriers to teaching negotiation online: conducting negotiation simulations online.

    Simulation and experiential learning
    Simulation-games and role plays are, by far, the most common teaching method in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution. Prof. Ebner has designed many negotiation simulations, which he shares with other educators for use in their classrooms. While designing simulations for exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Prof. Ebner co-created the pseudo-reality method of constructing negotiation simulations. Applying this method, he and co-authoress Yael Efron have designed several award-winning simulations including DeBola, Converging and FlashPoint. Together with Prof. Dan Druckman of George Mason University, Prof. Ebner has conducted research on engaging students in the simulation design process, showing that this method results in enhanced learning gains. Further experiments in this research stream have led to recommendations for improving use of simulations in negotiation classrooms; most recently, the results of a series of experiments conducted in a business school setting demonstrate that these insights are transferable beyond the negotiation classroom and apply to business school courses and methodologies. In 2015, Prof. Ebner conducted workshops on teaching with simulations and simulation-design at Creighton University, as part of his activities with the university’s Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment. He has also presented on related topics at a number of national and international conferences. Moving beyond classroom-based activities, Prof. Ebner has also explored using adventure learning – out-of-class, real-world negotiation activities to enhance negotiation teaching and student assessment.

Current Research Projects

  • Prof. Ebner is currently engaged in a number of projects, pertaining to the research streams noted above.
    Developing the line of thinking he first set out in his article Negotiation is Changing, Ebner is exploring areas of negotiation that may have been affected by changes in human experience, environment and adaptation over the past couple of decades. He is also applying this line of exploration to other areas of conflict resolution beyond negotiation.
    Ebner's work on pedagogy together with Prof. Dan Druckman continues; the two are currently working on an article describing a series of experiments they conducted in business schools to explore the learning benefits of engaging students in design activities. 
    Ebner is co-editing a special issue of the International Association for Conflict Management's journal, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. This special issue explores setting a new paradigm for work, and particularly writing, in the negotiation and conflict management fields. It encourages all papers to apply a multi-lens approach to their writing, by relating to four dimensions of their topic: Theory, research, practice and teaching. 
    Prof. Ebner is currently completing his work on a Chinese-English bilingual textbook on negotiation, and expects its publication in a few months. This textbook, co-authored with Prof. Rong Kang of Northwest University in China, is intended for use in negotiation courses offered in Chinese universities.