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Brown Kramer, Carolyn. "PSYC 462/862: Motivation and Emotion" (2019). UNL Faculty Portfolios, 123. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/prtunl/123

PSYC 462/862: Motivation and Emotion


In this course portfolio, I examine the course goals, learning objectives, teaching methods and materials, assessments, and outcomes for an upper-level psychology elective course, PSYC 462/862, Motivation and Emotion. The course introduces students to the major theories of motivation and emotion, develops their ability to critically examine empirical psychological research, encourages the application of theoretical and empirical work to real-world contexts, and strengthens students’ communication skills. For each of the four course goals, I describe how and why I conduct the course as I do, as well as how my pedagogical choices influence student learning and engagement. Data analyses and sample student work illustrate the effectiveness of these choices. Finally, I reflect upon successes and ongoing challenges in the course and outline plans for future changes.