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Getting to Know Your Students

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?

Millennial Students

  • 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

Teaching large classes


McBride, T., and Nief, R. (2010). About the Mindset List. Retrieved May 5, 2010, from

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