Keystroke logging in writing research: observing writing processes with Inputlog
Faculty of Applied Economics
German as a foreign language
, p. 41-64
University of Antwerp
Not only has the use of computers as writing instruments had a profound effect on writing practice and attitudes towards writing, it has also created new possibilities for research on writing. In the field of cognitive writing research especially, keystroke logging programs have become very popular. In this paper we describe a logging program called Inputlog. Inputlog 4 consists of four modules: (1) a data collection module that registers digital writing processes on a very detailed level; (2) a data analysis module that offers basic and more advanced analyses (e.g. pause and revision analysis); (3) an integration module that allows data merging between data files from different sources; (4) a play module that enables researchers to review and visualize a writing session including revisions. In this paper we describe the main functional characteristics of Inputlog 4 and further explain its functionality by presenting three case studies from different research projects: (1) writing processes of novice and professional writers, (2) writing processes in L1 and L2, and (3) writing processes and learning styles.