We found that presenting students with an effective syllabus written in a friendly, approachable tone can influence perceptions of the instructor and the course. . . .[C]are should be taken in developing the syllabus with particular attention to its tone, because impressions are made that may facilitate faculty engagement with students. Such impressions, in turn, may set the stage for a more rewarding educational experience for those on both sides of the lectern."
—Richard J. Harnish and K. Robert Bridges (2011)

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