Writing Analytics has recently become a very popular subfield of LA. A number of different tools and approaches are currently being investigated.
- Tausczik, Y.R., & Pennebaker, J.W. (2010). The psychological meaning of words: LIWC and computerized text analysis methods. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 29, 24-54.
- Graesser, A.,
McNamara, D.S., Louwerse, M., & Cai, Z. (2004). Coh-Metrix:
Analysis of text on cohesion and language. Behavioral Research Methods,
Instruments, and Computers, 36, 193-202.
- Shum, S. B., Sándor, Á., Goldsmith, R., Wang, X., Bass, R., &
McWilliams, M. (2016). Reflecting on reflective writing
analytics: Assessment challenges and iterative evaluation of a prototype
tool. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (pp. 213-222). ACM.
- Gibson, A., Kitto, K., & Bruza, P. (2016). Towards the Discovery of Learner Metacognition From Reflective Writing. Journal of Learning Analytics, 3(2), 22-36.
- Gibson, A., Aitken, A., Sándor, Á., Buckingham Shum, S., Tsingos-Lucas,
C., & Knight, S. (2017, March). Reflective writing analytics for
actionable feedback. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (pp. 153-162). ACM.
A number of tools and demos are also available which implement the ideas discussed in these papers. Some of these are proprietary, and so a bit hard to access, but you can increasingly expect to see them rolling out in Learning Management Systems and other tools.
- Writing Analytics at UTS: https://utscic.edu.au/tools/awa/ (plus there are some videos on youtube, but one is provided in the files below: &
- Learner Metacognition demo: http://nlytx.io/2016/metacognition/index.html
- LIWC web demos: https://liwc.wpengine.com/ and http://www.liwc.net/tryonline.php
- Coh-Metrix: http://cohmetrix.com/