EPP “Mediation” as a synonym for innovation

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In mid-November 2020, the second year was ended and the third began – the final year of implementation by the MEDIATS project group of the grant project of the EU ERASMUS + KA2: CBHE Program “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation”.

The main innovative element of this project, as has already been noted many times, was the development and piloting of the master’s educational and professional program “Mediation”. A similar element within the actual EPP “Mediation” is the quality piloting of this program. As you know, it depends on a decisive extent on the quality of: a) scientific and pedagogical staff who provide this program; b) students involved in training under this program; c) educational and methodological tools, with the help of which the educational process is provided within the framework of the relevant EPP.

The project group “MEDIATS” has already solved the first two tasks quite successfully, which was also reported on several occasions. In particular, the group managed to attract the best graduates of the bachelor’s degree program in law 2020 to the education on the EPP “Mediation” in the summer of 2020.

The “MEDIATS” group has managed to create, based on European and own experience, a truly innovative EPP “Mediation”. This program has received a lot of good feedbacks from specialists and the wider public.

Through the efforts of the group, a few innovative methodological tools have been implemented to ensure the quality of piloting of the EPP “Mediation”. With the support of the USAID New Justice Program and based on a feedback questionnaire used by the Washington and Lee School of Law (Lexington, VA, USA), a “Feedback Questionnaire from Mediator Law Students” was developed. An online survey of master mediators was also conducted on this questionnaire in the fall semester of the 2020/2021 academic year.

This questionnaire contained three blocks of questions, which pursued the following goals: 1) to find out how much time master mediators spend in preparing for practical classes and completing individual assignments in the discipline of the program; 2) what grade on 11 parameters they give to the teacher of the academic discipline; 3) how students assess the corresponding academic discipline of the EPP “Mediation” for 8 parameters.

Students’ responses were completely anonymous. They showed that during the fall semester of the 2020/2021 academic year, students invested weekly in preparation for classes up to 6 hours, which is an excellent indicator.

All teachers received mostly excellent and good marks.

The same high grade of the students received the disciplines of the EPP “Mediation”, which they taught.

There were no deviations from good indicators that would require surgical intervention from the head of the department or the administration of the faculty.

That is, great efforts on the part of the members of the MEDIATS project group, the head of the department, as well as the administration of the faculty, previously invested in the development of the EPP Mediation and in ensuring its successful piloting, turned out to be effective.

In the end, I would like to note that the students responded with pleasure to the offer for them to take part in the above-mentioned survey. In the future, such a survey of students will become systematic.

Dean of the Faculty of Law of CHNU
professor Petro Patsurkivskyy