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Academic Writing Evaluation - Denise Stewart, General Manager Operations, and Scott Harrison, Director Partner Services, Studiosity

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Helping with more - and earlier - insight into students' writing abilities, Studiosity partners can already use the Academic Writing Evaluation (AWE) service now.

Outcomes: More students enrolling are less prepared. Universities need the insight to control the quality of degrees offered; and most importantly, to provide the best possible experience for the students arriving, regardless of CALD, EAL backgrounds, socio-economically diverse circumstances, including international enrolments.

Recommended action: Academic Writing Evaluation (AWE) - ask your Studiosity Partnership Manager to switch on this extra service for your students, or particular cohorts.

This year's Studiosity 'Students First' Symposium was hosted at La Trobe University City Campus, 25 and 26 July 2019.

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Academic Writing Evaluation - Denise Stewart, General Manager Operations, and Scott Harrison, Director Partner Services, Studiosity

  1. 1. Academic Writing Evaluation Shining a light on Academic Writing Ability (AWE) Denise Stewart - General Manager, Operations Scott Harrison - Partnership Services Director
  2. 2. Studiosity ∙ Academic Writing 2Symposium Q: Which group of commencing students need most help with Academic Writing? 1) Low SES 2) International students 3) Remote students? 4) School leavers 5) Mature students Spot quiz
  3. 3. Studiosity ∙ 3Symposium The Student Story Challenges Commencing Students “Hi I'm stuck on how to start on a 500 word essay, first year into my course and I'm feeling very stressed about this.” Chantelle, 26.3.19, 10:42pm 1st Year Undergraduate, Social Sciences, Western Sydney University
  4. 4. Studiosity ∙ 4 Commencing mature age students “This is my first piece of academic writing for university since leaving high school 12 years ago. Not confident in my writing or my grammar...” Michelle, 15.7.18, 9:44pm 1st Year Undergraduate, Charles Sturt University The Student Story Challenges
  5. 5. Studiosity ∙ 5Symposium The Student Story Challenges
  6. 6. Studiosity ∙ The Academic Support Team Story 6Symposium... “How do we help our Faculty staff identify and support their students most in need across the whole University?” “How do we get students to engage with support before it’s too late?” “What support interventions does each student need to succeed?” “How can we deliver student centric support with our existing resources?”
  7. 7. Studiosity ∙ 7 Studiosity Services Connect Live Writing Feedback AWE Live, chat-based study help from a Subject Specialist 24/7 feedback on grammar, language, structure, referencing in a student’s writing draft Students respond to a task/prompt to gain insight into their language and writing capabilities Complementing Studiosity’s existing suite of support services
  8. 8. Studiosity ∙ AWE Shining a light on Academic Writing Ability 8Symposium Gain visibility of your students’ academic writing ability quickly and at scale. Identify which students require what type of core academic skills support, early in the semester.
  9. 9. Studiosity ∙ AWE Shining a light on Academic Writing Ability 9Symposium Gain visibility of your students’ academic writing ability quickly and at scale. Identify which students require what type of core academic skills support, early in the semester. Student reads stimulus piece & submits a short response Writing Specialist reviews, provides feedback and scores against a rubric Student gets feedback & Uni gets student insight
  10. 10. Studiosity ∙ AWE Getting started...an easy process 10Symposium Day 1 - University contacts Studiosity to set up the evaluation ● Provide details of the cohort for the evaluation and task deadline ● Choose the writing task ● Arts and Humanities ● Education ● Business ● Health ● Law and Justice ● IT, Science and Engineering ● Other ● Studiosity will assign a cohort access code Step 1 of 2
  11. 11. Studiosity ∙ AWE Getting started...an easy process 11Symposium Day 2+ Academic Writing Assignment open ● notify students of task and provide them with the cohort access code ● in class assignment or at home in student’s own time ● student accesses the task via the Studiosity dashboard in your LMS Step 2 of 2
  12. 12. Studiosity ∙ 12Symposium AWE Student Experience
  13. 13. Studiosity ∙ 13Symposium AWE Student Experience
  14. 14. Studiosity ∙ 14Symposium ● Reviews submission as per Writing Feedback principles and assesses submission against the AWE rubric framework ● Student receives feedback (but not AWE scores) within 24 hours AWE Writing Specialist
  15. 15. Studiosity ∙ AWE Partner Portal - Evaluation reports at your fingertips 15Symposium
  16. 16. Studiosity ∙ 16Symposium AWE Evaluation reports at your fingertips “Our Studiosity program allows us to support our students quickly and at scale, allowing our academic support staff to focus their effort on those students that need more intensive support to ensure they succeed.” Jacqueline Clements Executive Director, Student Services, Charles Sturt University
  17. 17. Studiosity ∙ 17Symposium AWE Evaluation reports at your fingertips Referencing Guide / Workshops Students could be emailed referencing guides / invited to referencing workshops
  18. 18. Studiosity ∙ 18Symposium AWE Evaluation reports at your fingertips Peer Assisted Help Students with greater need could be directed to appropriate support 1:1 Support
  19. 19. Studiosity ∙ 19Symposium AWE Evaluation reports at your fingertips 24/7 Online Support Everyone could have access to online support ● Writing Feedback ● Connect Live
  20. 20. Studiosity ∙ 20Symposium AWE Evaluation reports at your fingertips Referencing Guide / Workshops 24/7 Online Support1:1 SupportPeer Assisted Help
  21. 21. Studiosity ∙ 21Symposium The Student Story AWE outcomes ● low stress introduction to University student services early in student’s university experience ● Student receives rapid feedback - positive encouragement ● provides suggestions for improvement ● boosts confidence“Thank you, this has been helpful. It has been daunting writing a first assessment after having not studied in 16 years. Almost considered withdrawing and this has now helped!” Sharon M, Faculty of Business
  22. 22. Studiosity ∙ The Faculty Story AWE outcomes 22Symposium ● higher quality written submissions = educators can focus more on content ● helps guard against inadvertent plagiarism ● reduced admin and stress for faculty ● positive feedback from students ● higher course completion rates “We teach Biology, but it is the writing ability of many of our students that is putting them at risk of failing. How do we identify them early so we can help them?”
  23. 23. Studiosity ∙ The Academic Support Team AWE outcomes 23Symposium ● early visibility of student needs ● enables timely and appropriate interventions & tailored support ● data to measure and report impact informing budgets and planning “How do we get students to engage with support before it’s too late?” “What support interventions does each student need to succeed?”
  24. 24. Studiosity ∙ AWE In action 24Symposium Target ● Cohort of commencing Postgrad Engineering Students ● 93% International Students ● Set for week 4 Outcomes ● Approximately 30% students were flagged with at least one issue ● Students were booked into a Literacy Officer in order of need ● 100% students received timely and constructive feedback on their writing “Feedback from markers of first assignment that the standard of English expression has risen compared with previous semesters” Program Manager
  25. 25. Studiosity ∙ AWE 25Symposium
  26. 26. Studiosity ∙ AWE Don’t forget to…... 26 Pick up an AWE FAQ booklet on your way out today. Talk to your Partner Services Manager about which student cohort you would like to evaluate first. Thank you! contact: sharrison@studiosity.com

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