2015 Volume 26 Pages 23-34
WritingMaertiX (WMX), which we have developed and will report about in this paper, is a versatile and easy-to-use multi-function software package for recording, visualizing, and analyzing learners’ writing process. WMX applies keystroke logging to gather all information concerning to real-time writing processes of writers, and can literally “replay” the writing process by reusing the recorded keystroke information. Additionally, WMX is endowed with a sophisticated function for analyzing the writing process by automatically calculating the number of words over time and the frequencies of revisions. These time series data can also be visualized using WMX. We have also provided alternative tools for analyzing the writing process data such as (a) a semi-automatic tool for calculation of the number of words over time, (b) an original function for R (a statistical tool), which also automatically calculates the number of words over time. This paper introduces the background and the rationale for developing WMX, and its specifications. We also report the results of some surveys using WMX, demonstrating how it works in reality. We believe that our new tool, WMX, which is freely available to every researcher, teaching practitioner, and even every autonomous learner who is interested in real-time writing processes, will evoke improvements in foreign language writing research, teaching, and learning.