The Online Writing Center
In support of the University mission, Liberty’s Online Writing Center (OWC) helps online students at any level of written English proficiency identify, understand, and improve their academic writing strengths and weaknesses.
To this end, the OWC offers the following services from a wide variety of trained peer tutors and staff with insider experience in the various degree programs offered by Liberty Online.
- Offline Assistance allows you to upload a Microsoft Word draft, one per assignment, which will be reviewed by a trained tutor and returned with comprehensive feedback, including links to resources and writing aids specific to your needs.
- Live assistance allows you to upload a draft and set an appointment with a tutor to discuss the draft via Skype.
- Get Live Chat hours and access here. Our Live Chat allows you to ask a brief grammar or formatting question of an OWC representative.
- Writing Aids allows you to access a wide variety of handouts, worksheets, and presentations to address your writing concerns and improve your academic writing skills.
- Our Facebook Page offers weekly writing encouragement, writing tips, and occasional longer posts on various writing related topics in order to engage you in conversation about the processes and practices of scholarly writing.
In order to receive assistance, please submit a tutoring request form to provide the professor's name, course name and number, and the section of the assignment, as well as the draft itself. Use your Liberty email address and password to access the tutoring request form. Please save emails from the Online Writing Center for future reference.
Graded work or work already submitted to an instructor for a grade will not be reviewed unless the student's instructor contacts the Online Writing Center to verify permission to revise a paper. Once a term officially ends, papers which were due that term will not be reviewed. Tutors do not scan papers for plagiarism and cannot be held responsible if a student is accused of such. Students are held ultimately responsible for the final content and form of any assignments.
Students, please note:
- The Online Writing Center allows one submission per assignment. The OWC will not review any draft containing comments from an instructor without express permission from the instructor.
- Turnaround time for 10 pages or less is 48 hours and 72 hours for 11-20 pages. Add one day for each additional 10 pages.
- Tutors will not review more than 20 pages (including reference page) during Weeks 7 and 8 of Terms B and D (our busiest time).
- Theses and dissertations will not be reviewed for formatting issues. Only the first 20 pages of theses and dissertations will be reviewed.
- A literature review for a thesis or dissertation is considered a separate document and may be submitted separately from the thesis or dissertation.
- School of Education dissertations should be sent to Hannah Allison for review instead of the Online Writing Center. Please use your Liberty email address when contacting Hannah, and please refer EDUC dissertation inquiries to Hannah or the Graduate Writing Center, not the OWC. You will receive a reply to your email within 48 hours.
- Group projects may only be submitted if the submitter clearly identifies the portion which he or she has written. In keeping with the OWC's mission statement as given above, each student will receive a review only of the section identified as his or her own.
Instructors, please note:
- Instructors should establish their own guidelines regarding student use of the OWC for any written midterm or final exams. If a draft submission is identified as a midterm or final exam, tutors will only provide feedback on grammatical issues. Any draft submission not identified as an exam will automatically be reviewed for content, organization, style, formatting, and grammar.
- The number of tutors is limited, so we ask that instructors only recommend usage to students that need or want help and not require all students to use the service. Also, please do not offer extra credit to students for using the service.
- Instructors may post a direct link to the Online Writing Center in their Blackboard courses, as well as request that a student submit his or her tutor reviewed draft along with the final draft, should the student use our service.
Problems connecting to the Online Tutoring Service?
- Try entering your entire email address as your username, including the @liberty.edu part.
- Try clearing your browser's cookies and cache, closing your browser, then logging back in.
- Try switching browsers from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox or vice versa.
- If you are trying to access the site from another place of business or a business or school-owned laptop, there may be a firewall preventing your access, so speak with your IT personnel or log in from another location.
- If none of the methods above work, please contact Help Desk at 866-447-2869.
- Any operating system older than Windows XP will not work with the OTS at all.
Please note the software and hardware requirements:
- Windows XP or later OR Mac OSX or later
- Microsoft Word 2003 or later
- Skype (for live sessions)
- Microphone and speakers (for live sessions)