Workshop: Using Keystroke Logging in Writing Research

We are pleased to invite you for a two-day workshop on "Using Keystroke Logging in Writing Research," to be held at MIT in Boston (MA) from April 30 to May 1, 2016. Sponsored by the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program at MIT and the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric at Dartmouth College.

Conference Program (Revised)

 

Saturday 30 April 2016

room

09.30

10.00

Registration and coffee

4-145

10.00

10.30

Welcome and introduction to each other

4-145

10.30

11.15

Theoretical framework: Studying writing processes

4-145

11.15

11.30

Coffee break

 

11.30

12.30

Keystroke logging in writing research: An introduction

4-145

12.30

 

Lunch (participants obtain their own lunch)

 

14.00

15.45

Workshop
Introduction to Inputlog: Collecting keystroke logging data and preparing data for analysis


14-0637

15.45

16.15

Refreshments

 

16.15

18.00

Workshop
Keystroke logging data analysis: Exploring basic analyses


14-0637

 

 

 

 

Sunday 1 May 2016

 

09.30

11.00

Analyzing pausing and revision behavior

1-150

11.00

11.30

Coffee break

 

11.30

12.00

Measuring writing fluency

1-150

12.00

12.30

Writing from sources

1-150

12.30

 

Lunch (participants obtain their own lunch)

 

14.00

16.00

Workshop
Analyzing keystroke logging data: Advanced techniques
(fluency analysis; revision; source analysis; bigram analysis)


1-115

16.30

17.00

Refreshments

 

17.00

18.00

World café: Future research perspectives in keystroke logging

1-150

18.00

 

closing

 


 

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Workshop Leaders

Luuk Van Waes, Full Professor in Business & Technical Communication, Department of Management, Faculty of Applied Economics, University of Antwerp | Belgium

Mariëlle Leijten, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Post-doctoral Researcher in the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences, University of Antwerp | Belgium

Aims

It is our intention to gather a small group, a maximum of 25 researchers in the domain of writing process research. The main objectives of this workshop include the following:

  • explore the possibilities and limitations of new methods and techniques that are currently used to collect data on writing processes, viz. keystroke logging;

  • discuss good practices to set up ethnographical and experimental writing process research, also focusing on the complementarity of observation methods;

  • introduce a wide range of possibilities to explore writing process data from different perspectives and prepare them for further analysis;

  • present qualitative and quantitative approaches to writing process data;

  • create a basis for a stronger international network of enthusiastic writing researchers in different stages in their careers.

Lodging

We have arranged for a block of rooms at a group rate at a nearby hotel within walking distance of the workshop site. Participants wishing to take advantage of the group rate need to contact the hotel to make their own reservations before Friday, April 8, 2016.

Hotel: Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

Group Rate: $233/night including internet access – available the nights of Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. A limited number of rooms is available for a third night, Sunday, May 1st.

To Make Reservations by Phone: Call 1-800-228-9290 or 617-494-6600 . Be sure to mention the group code in order to get the block rate. Group Code: “Dartmouth College Writing Research Room Block” 

To Make Reservations Online: Use this special link to go to the Marriott online reservations site for the workshop:

Dartmouth College Writing Research Room Block link to Marriott online reservations site 

 

Organizers

Mariëlle Leijten, University of Antwerp | Belgium

marielle.leijten@uantwerpen.be | http://www.uantwerpen.be/marielle-leijten

Luuk Van Waes, University of Antwerp | Belgium

luuk.vanwaes@uantwerpen.be | http://www.uantwerpen.be/luuk-vanwaes

Suzanne Lane, Director, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT | USA

stlane@mit.edu | http://cmsw.mit.edu/profile/suzanne-lane/

Christiane K. Donahue, Director, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Dartmouth College | USA

Christiane.K.Donahue@dartmouth.edu | http://writing-speech.dartmouth.edu/people/christiane-k-donahue

 

Additional Information about the Workshop

 

Inputlog | www.inputlog.net

Inputlog has been developed at the University of Antwerp to log writing processes in both ecological and experimental settings. The program logs all keyboard and mouse events in whatever Windows environment. When writing in MS Word extra characteristics that relate to the input events are logged to allow for refined writing analyses (see below). The program also logs text production with speech recognition (Dragon Naturally Speaking, Nuance) and also tracks copy-and-paste actions that relate to the use of external digital sources (e.g. the internet).

Inputlog features five modules:

  1. Record: This module logs (keyboard, mouse and speech) data in Microsoft Word and other Windows based programs together with a unique time stamp (ms).

  2. Pre-process: As it is often necessary to refine logged data prior to analysis, this module allows us to process data from various perspectives: event based (keyboard, mouse and speech), time based or based on window changes (sources: MS Word, Internet etc.). For instance, the filter is convenient for deleting logging session start-up or deactivation 'noise'.

  3. Analyze: This module is the heart of the program and features three process representations (general and linear logging file and the s-notation of the text) and four aggregated levels of analysis (summary, pause, revision, bigram and source analyses). Additionally a process graph is produced. In the current version also a linguistic process analysis is offered which returns the results from a part-of-speech tagger, a lemmatizer, a chunker, the syllable boundaries, and word frequencies

  4. Post-process: This module integrates single or multiple log files from Inputlog or other observation tools (Morae, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Eyetracking data). It is also possible to merge multiple output files for further analysis in, for instance, Excel, SPSS, R or MLWin.

  5. Play: This module allows researchers to play back the recorded session at various levels (time or revision based). The replay is data based (not video based) and the play speed is adjustable. A logged session can also be reconstructed revision by revision.

Inputlog is freely available for non-commercial use by researchers in the context of writing and translation research. It is available on : http://www.inputlog.net.

Reference
Leijten, M., & Van Waes, L. (2013). Keystroke logging in writing research: Using Inputlog to analyze and visualize writing processes. Written Communication, 30(3), 358– 392. doi: 10.1177/0741088313491692