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Blogging a Conference

Apr - 19 - 2007
Nicole C. Engard

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.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Wow! What a great answer to the debate prompted a week or so ago by Georgetown Law Professor David Cole’s piece in the Washington Post on laptops in classrooms; see

    Don’t tell anyone, but I really enjoy having my students connected in the course I teach at Georgetown. We use Westlaw’s TWEN product to post some of the exercises the students work on in class, but a blog with their notes could really add a new dimension of interactivity. Something to work on for next year . . .

    Thanks so much, love your blog, and enjoyed you at CIL!

  2. Nicole says:

    You’re welcome & thanks to you too!

  3. I like the *idea* of blogging at conferences, but it never seems to work out. I either want to think things through a little more, or end up too exhausted at the end of the day to reflect.

    Then again, I may just have to try a little harder. :-)

  4. [...] attended, and I have to agree with Nicole of “What I Learned Today” in her recent post on Blogging a Conference. She’s responding to another person who says that bloggers who are taking notes for public [...]

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