Creating and using visual material in legal education to teach mediation appropriately and effectively by merely using Hong Kong cases not only increases the cultural value system of local students but also the relevance and understanding in class, and later practice within the field of mediation.
Description of process, outcomes or deliverable
The final product of this project consists of six learning DVDs produced with students and professionals and an accompanying script.
This project’s deliverables not only added to the students’ progress of mediation understanding and demonstrated relevant skills, but the DVDs also support future mediation courses by exposing students to the mediation demonstration DVDs based on Hong Kong cases and legal culture in order to learn more about an actual mediation process. In other words, filming, reflecting and reviewing on the learned skills help to understand the fundamental features of a mediation process.
A book has been produced, which contains the script and DVDs. The books are available to students and teaching staff at the Mediation Institute Collection and in the main Library at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The availability of the DVDs supports the objective of improving the students’ understanding of transferring mediation theory into practice.
The DVDs reflect the students’ progress of mediation understanding and demonstrates relevant skills. It can be considered as an evaluation of the course programme from the beginning to the end of the first mediation course.
The DVDs appear to be an essential tool for further enhancing students learning and to develop an innovative teaching method in the area of law, whereby developing skills and gaining knowledge at the same time, outweighs the method of mere knowledge transmission.
Dissemination, diffusion and impact
The DVDs can be used as course material in form of a case study. The DVDs’ documents and scripts contain a detailed case analysis and demonstrate how a case litigated in court could be settled by means of mediation.