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Millennial Students

Millennial Students and the Teaching and Learning Process

Millennial Students have some unique characteristics that present challenges in terms of working to build their strengths and enhance their learning experiences.

Not every student in the cohort is a typical millennial. There is certainly diversity on a variety of variables. But even if only half a class has these characteristics, understanding what works best will make their learning experience more positive and your teaching more effective. For example, millenials enjoy group activities, want to have very clear guidance and  respond to structure. They also, however, want to feel that you know who they are as individuals,  want to do well, desire positive reinforcement and have a difficult time accepting criticism.

Resources on Millennial Students

Presentation Materials

Teaching and Learning in the Age of Millennials - Presentation Slides
PowerPoint Slides from the keynote address "Teaching and Learning in the Age of Millennials" delivered by Dr. Barbara Hornum on March 28, 2011, at the Art Institute of Philadelphia


Howe, N. & Strauss, W. (2007). Millennials Go To College. Great Falls, VA: Life Course Associates.

McHenry, R. (2011). The New Digital Shoreline: How Web 2.0 and Millennials Are Revolutionalizing Higher Education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Twenge, J.M. (2006). Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled-and More Miserable Than Ever Before. New York, NY: Free Press.

Wilson, M.E. (2004). "Teaching, Learning, and Millennial Students," in M.D. Coomes & R. DeBard (eds) Serving The Millennial Generation. New Directions for Student Services 106 (Summer 2004), pp 59-71.