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Studiosity:
Online writing feedback tool for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students

From A Trimester 2020 all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students will have free access to Studiosity via Moodle.

Studiosity is a third party service offering students 24 hour access to online writing support from properly trained tutors and live access to a tutor. The roll out of Studiosity to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate papers enables the University to extend the support provided by the Student Learning team in the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CeTTL).

Students will access Studiosity via a link embedded under the introduction section on all undergraduate and taught postgraduate Moodle papers across the University.

Studiosity FAQs for Academic Staff

What is Studiosity?

Studiosity is a third party service offering students 24 hour access to online writing support and feedback from properly trained tutors. The roll out of Studiosity to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate papers enables the University to extend the support provided by the Student Learning team in the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CeTTL).

Who will access Studiosity?

All students enrolled in undergraduate and taught postgraduate papers across the University will have access to Studiosity.

How does Studiosity benefit students?  

Studiosity is designed to provide focussed feedback on students’ writing. The service also supports teaching staff with data and insights to student work (it can serve as a diagnostic tool)  to improve learning outcomes. After-hours, weekends, and during semester breaks – when teaching staff are less likely to be available – are all critical times when Studiosity is available for students to use.

How will Studiosity be accessed?

Students will access Studiosity via a link embedded into the first section of Moodle on all undergraduate and taught postgraduate papers across the University.

Example of link found in Moodle shown in undergraduate accounting paper

How does the 24/7 Writing Feedback service work?

Writing Feedback lets a student upload their own piece of writing, to receive constructive feedback in under 24 hours. Students receive a confirmation email once their file has uploaded successfully, and a notification once the feedback is ready for them to ‘collect’. They must log back into their Studiosity account to view, download, or print their annotated file.

Students can select the type of writing they’re submitting (e.g. essay, speech, report, poem), the areas they’d like the most help with (e.g. spelling and grammar, structure), and also have a free-text field to write comments to the Subject Specialist about their draft.

Does the service deliver course content?

No, Studiosity’s online Subject Specialists do not deliver course or curriculum content. The service addresses the need for formative writing feedback and provides timely help to facilitate independent and critical thinking. The help provided is strictly focussed on improving students’ academic literacy. Student enquiries relating to course-specific content will be referred back to the University.

The University can also provide Studiosity with information about preferred writing and referencing styles, which will be used by the Subject Specialists working with our students.

Where can I tell students to find the service?

Studiosity is accessible via Moodle and there is no additional sign-in required. Students will find a link to Studiosity under the introduction section of their papers in Moodle.

How does Studiosity monitor academic integrity?

Studiosity is committed to academic integrity; they have a rigorous recruitment and accreditation process for Subject Specialists and enforce an academic integrity policy. There is zero tolerance for any type of academic dishonesty.

Will I know if my students have used Studiosity?

Yes, the University will receive regular reports, which identify student users. It is important to let students know in advance that Studiosity is not an anonymous service, and their use of the service will be monitored. If a Subject Specialist has any concerns about an individual student’s submission, the University will be informed.

Will Studiosity replace face-to-face contact with students?

No. The Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CeTTL) will continue to deliver individualised learning through in-house student learning development drop-in sessions, workshops, and individual consultations. This service will complement CeTTL by extending accessibility outside normal working hours. Research from other institutions has indicated that most students use Studiosity as supplementary support, and increased engagement with Studiosity did not decrease engagement with existing services.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact Maryam Mariya if you have any further questions.