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Finding ways to engage students may begin with learning more about them. Where are they from geographically? What have been the important historical events in their lifetime? What ideas and conceptions about the subject matter are they bringing with them on the first day of your course?
Who are DePaul students?
- Get an in-depth look at DePaul's students by reading Institutional Research and Market Analytics (IRMA)'s fact file, which includes demographic information and admission profiles.
- A recent issue of the DePaul newsletter Market Share discusses "Double Demons," those who achieve both undergraduate and graduate degrees at DePaul.
- IRMA dispels misconceptions about DePaul students in Mythbusters: 7 Myths about DePaul .
- Did you know? DePaul's four-year graduation rate is at its highest ever . Notably, 71% of high performing freshman graduate in four years .
- Teaching millennial college students summarizes key research about students born in or after 1981. You'll also find a list of additional readings on millenial college students.
- The Beloit College Mindset List. Each year, Beloit College compiles the Mindset List to "identify the worldview of 18 year-olds" in the current year (McBride and Nief, 2010). The list offers "observations that help to identify the experiences that have shaped the lives—and formed the mindset—of students starting their post-secondary education" (McBride and Nief, 2010).
Getting to know the students in your class
- Learning students’ names from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- Ice-breakers for the first day from Lansing Community College.
- Assessing students’ prior knowledge allows instructors to build on or actively counteract assumptions, information, and ways of evaluating evidence that students bring with them to your class.
Teaching large classes
- Engaging students in a lecture involves a range of approaches that allow for interaction and participation.
- "Engaging students in large classes" from Indiana University. This resource offers excellent strategies for engaging students and encouraging participation in large lecture classes.
- FAQs and Resources from the Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.
- The University of Maryland Center for Teaching Excellence offers comprehensive resources on teaching large classes including establishing ground rules, writing in large classes, and improving teaching through student feedback.
McBride, T., and Nief, R. (2010). About the Mindset List. Retrieved May 5, 2010, from http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/
Institutional Research and Market Analytics
Collects and analyzes data on DePaul students and faculty.