SET - Syllabus Language and Teaching Style: A Quest for Harmony

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Room 104 (Active Learning Lab)

Moody Library

Baylor University

Waco, TX 76798

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Christopher Richmann (ATL, Religion), Courtney Kurinec (Psychology and Neuroscience), Matt Millsap (History)

The syllabus is an important element of any college course, setting the “tone” for a class. While scholars recognize the emotional importance of syllabus language, none has objectively measured the emotional associations of syllabus language. Further, none has explored the relationship between instructors’ teaching style and the emotional associations of syllabus language. This SET presents research conducted by the Academy for Teaching and Learning, with the assistance of Baylor’s digital scholarship librarians, comparing instructors’ self-perceptions with the emotional associations of their syllabus language. According to our findings, most instructors’ syllabi are incongruent with their teaching self-perceptions on key emotional dimensions. In other words, instructors’ syllabi are not communicating the central emotional associations of their teaching style, and instructors are likely presenting inconsistent emotional messages through their in-class performance compared with their syllabi. In addition to learning more about our methods and findings, participants will encounter tools for measuring their own teaching self-perception and receive suggestions for better aligning their syllabi with these perceptions.

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Room 104 (Active Learning Lab)

Moody Library

Baylor University

Waco, TX 76798

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