Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology & Associate Professor at Royal Roads University

Visualizing a 45-minute writing session

Posted on November 14th, by George Veletsianos in sharing. 1 Comment

While writing a paper, I used IOGraph to visualize my mouse movements.  The darker circles represent areas where my mouse was resting and the lines represent mouse movements from point A to point B. During this session, I was mostly writing, and my mouse was stationary. I wonder what educational uses such a visualization has. For example, I use Scrivener as my writing platform because it minimizes distractions and allows me to focus on writing (rather than editing). If I were to use a tool that wasn’t distraction-free (e.g., MS Word), I imagine I would be seeing a lot more activity around the editing toolbars. Thus, using the visualization as a way to reflect on the writing process might be an interesting exercise.