Promises of the Course
At the beginning of the semester, rather than laying out a set of requirements for students, outstanding teachers talk about the promises of the course, about the kinds of questions the discipline [or course material] will help students answer, or about the intellectual, emotional, or physical abilities that it will help them develop. They also explain what students will be doing to realize those promises. Outstanding teachers invite rather than command.
Bain, K. (2004). What the best college teachers do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.