Syllabus Recommendations

What is the mission of the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity?

The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity programs exist to create innovative support for communication, research, and teaching and learning initiatives that enhance deep learning at EKU.

How do I recommend the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity to my students?

Consider mentioning in your feedback to students: “Your research would have been more convincing if you had supported your argument with documentation. For your next project, consider bringing your draft to the Noel Studio to discuss strategies for integrating research into your work.”

Students are more likely to integrate feedback from their Noel Studio visits if they have adequate time to reflect on their experience. Please encourage students to be proactive by visiting the Noel Studio with plenty of time to spare before their assignment is due.

Also, consider mentioning the Noel Studio on your syllabus and include the phone number (859.622.7330) and website URL (

Brief Syllabus Recommendation:

The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity is a free resource for the EKU community, including graduate and undergraduate students. At the Noel Studio, a trained consultant will work with you or your small group on any piece of written, oral, or multimodal communication, at any stage in the process from brainstorming to finished product. Consultants can also help you develop effective research strategies. For more information, visit the Noel Studio website at or call 859-622-7330.

Full Syllabus Recommendation:

The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity is a free resource for the EKU community, including graduate and undergraduate students.

The Noel Studio’s primary service is the individual or group consultation: a trained consultant will spend 60 minutes (appointment) or 25-30 minutes (walk-in) with you (an hour is preferable if your project is longer than five pages or the equivalent for presentations and multimedia or if you are working with a group) reviewing your project and discussing your ideas. You can bring your work to the Noel Studio at any point in the communication-development process, even if you don’t have anything substantial yet. Your visit will be most helpful if you take the time to:

Prepare questions/ideas/strategies in advance: Identify specific questions/ideas/strategies that will guide your research and thinking about the project while you're in the Noel Studio.

Prepare to participate in the consultation: The Noel Studio is designed as a collaborative and creative space for learning. Thus, you will actively discuss your project with the consultant and take part in invention techniques and activities.

Allot time to revise and reflect after you leave the Noel Studio: Identify the possibilities raised during the consultation that are helpful to you and leave enough time to use the Noel Studio space to reflect on and refine your project and ideas.

Revise and rethink: The Noel Studio is intended to support multiple learning styles. Use invention and practice spaces at the Noel Studio to rethink critical aspects of your project.

The Noel Studio will help with projects in any subject, including traditional essays, research papers, proposals; out-of-class projects such as scholarship applications, graduate school applications, and business letters; multimedia such as digital narratives, videos, podcasts, and online portfolios; and oral presentations, conference talks, and panel presentations. After each consultation, you will receive verification of your visit and a summary of what was discussed.

It is best to make an appointment; however, the Noel Studio welcomes walk-ins.

You may use Noel Studio resources, such as computers, video equipment, monitors, and software without an appointment. Please remember that the Noel Studio does not write, proofread, or grade projects.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit the Noel Studio website at or call 859-622-7330.

GROUPS: If you are working on a group project, please have all members come to the Noel Studio when you visit for your consultation. Please have all group members sign in at the reception desk under the spiral staircase.

How do I recommend online consultations to my students?

Online consultations are a valuable service that can be utilized by any EKU student, but is particularly recommended to online students or those that attend a regional campus. Please consider the below as a way to recommend a Noel Studio online consultation to your students.

Full Syllabus Recommendation:

Do you need to hone your writing or communication skills this semester? Do you have a communication project due?

All EKU students have access to online consultations—one-on-one, individualized meetings focused on your writing and communication questions. You can schedule online consultations at times that are convenient to you and at times of the semester that are most beneficial, usually before major assignments are due.

Consultants can help you:

  • choose a topic
  • organize thoughts and ideas
  • research, draft, and revise
  • improve grammar, punctuation, and clarity
  • develop persuasive appeals
  • arrange effective collaboration and group dynamics in presentations
  • cite sources properly according to MLA, APA, or CMS
  • develop effective speech communication practices
  • think critically and creatively about a topic or communication piece
  • ask questions
  • understand media options and uses

Consultations take place in real time via video, audio, and chat. You can schedule a consultation from anywhere with Internet access.

For more information on online consultations, please visit: