Over at The Compass there is a post about blogging a conference:
I found that knowing my notes/blog would be publicly accessible motivated me and helped me focus more critically than if I had been a passive listener, recording notes privately on a notepad.
This prompts another hypothesis. Blogging was promoted as a teaching tool at CIL. Could blogging become an effective educational assessment tool (i.e. requiring students to blog their notes from a lecture or reading)?
This is very true – blogging a conference requires you to pay a bit more attention. I think it would be great if students did things like this – I doubt it could be required for all courses – but it certainly makes me pay more attention than I might normally.